Fall is coming quicker than you think! You can easily extend your gardening season and grow more veggies longer when you use a hoop house.
Don’t give up on your garden yet.
All you need is to determine when you first frost date is.
You can do this by going here and selecting your state and region. For example, my approximate first frost date is Sept 25. That is only a month away. I still have time to plant lettuce, spinach, kale, and radishes. They are fast growing, and usually are harvestable within 25-30 days. I can still keep peas going, since they are frost hardy.
You can also prolong your growing season by providing a cover for your garden.
One popular, frugal method is an old sheet or blanket on the plants at night. All you gotta do is place a couple of bricks or rocks on the sides and that’ll keep the blanket in place.
We made a “hoop house” out of PVC pipe and 3mm plastic to help extend our growing season a bit
Here’s how we did it for under $60:,
Then, we lined two rectangles up side by side, with walking (mowing) room in between them and drilled 3/4″ holes on the far sides. Into the holes we placed a 3/4″ pvc pipe and bent it it a semi circle.
Then, across the top of the four semi-circles, we attached one more pipe as a support.
In the painting section of our local home supply store, we found 3mm plastic that we covered the hoop frame with. That was the most expensive part, and was $40. We tucked in the edges and viola!
During the summer, we took off the pipes and plastic and put them away. Now that it is getting cooler, we are bringing them back out and will cover our beds with plastic at night when there is a danger of frost to extend our growing season.
What are you planting this fall?