How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

This blog follows-on from my earlier one about Raised Bed Construction.  I show the reader how I constructed a hoop-tunnel for the raised beds.  It is my intention to plant winter vegetables in these beds.  I shall cover the hoops with a horticultural fleece when the weather becomes colder, hopefully this will promote plant growth over the winter.

Before

1. New raised beds (see my previous post)

After

9. View from above.

Sourcing Hoops and Anchors

I purchased the anchors and hoops at Harrod Horticultural.

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18 thoughts on “How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

  1. We’re planning to continue growing certain veggies through our cold Canadian winter in our coldhouse, using the same method of adding row cover over the crops. This is a really nice little how-to.

  2. I like this idea. We are not growing on that kind of scale yet, but I will be interested to see how this works for you in your winter time.

    1. charltonestatetrust 9 September 2012 — 6:02 am

      Keep following my blog, there is more to come on this topic.

  3. Just reviewed your blog. We share a common world view, no doubt.
    Question: Could you tell me a bit about the Charlton Estate Trust?

    1. charltonestatetrust 10 September 2012 — 5:52 am

      The trust own property which they wish to put to use for the long term benefit of both the trust’s beneficiaries and the biosphere. They are trying to use sustainable management techniques such as permaculture to achieve this. The trust is also mindful that the mankind is coming towards the end of the fossil fuel age and wish to safeguard the welfare of its beneficiaries through the Long Emergency.

  4. I wish you luck !! We’ve been using that method in PA for a number of years now and it’s lovely to dig out thru a meter of snow to the cold house & harvest root crops & lettuces for dinner or to send home fresh with guests. We use a double layer of plastic with an air space, and because it gets as low as -10F a ‘frost blanket’ over the veggies. For the first 2 years, we used an insulated tarp like is used in the forestry industry to keep tree seedlings from freezing – but the frost blanket (rather like quilt batting) doesn’t need additional row / bed hoops to keep it off of the plants. It also lasts longer than the plastic tarp. @Maggie. You don’t need a tremendous amount of space to do this – but it does work much better with a raised bed than not.

    1. charltonestatetrust 10 September 2012 — 7:39 pm

      That’s is fantastic advice, thank-you.

  5. Wow! This is great. I have always wanted something like this in my yard. You have given me hope!

  6. I’ve wante dto build a hoop house for some years, but have resisted the temptation so far as I’m worried about strong winds, living on the coast it can get a bit breezy! Do you know how well this kind of design stands up to string winds?

    1. Charlton Estate Trust 17 September 2012 — 6:37 pm

      The metal hoops stand-up to wind very well. The covering-material or netting you use needs to be pegged-down properly. I am using heavy duty tri-pegs with clips and bungees.

      I am also thinking of using cleats on the raised beds to anchor the coverings.

      See links below.

      http://www.harrodhorticultural.com/heavy-duty-tripeg-pid8402.html

      http://www.harrodhorticultural.com/cling-on-bungees-and-clips-4-pack-pid7853.html

  7. Another really detailed and informative plan. I am SO glad that I found this blog! 🙂

    1. Charlton Estate Trust 20 September 2012 — 1:11 pm

      It makes me so happy that you are happy 🙂

  8. I’ve been using a similar method of raised beds since ’96 with much success. You’ve done a great job showing all the steps. Well done!

    1. Charlton Estate Trust 3 December 2012 — 4:18 pm

      Thank-you 🙂

  9. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award
    http://solarbeez.com/2012/12/16/one-lovely-blog-award/

    1. Charlton Estate Trust 17 December 2012 — 12:40 pm

      Bless you. You are so kind. 🙂

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