How do you like my hoops? I hunted around for ideas on how to best design this system, and I think what I ended up doing is rather unique.
- 1-ft long pieces of 3/4" PVC pipe are used to make sleeves inside the raised beds (it looks cleaner than putting them on the outside, and I made the sleeves extra long to give maximum stability to the hoops);
- there is a screw at the bottom of each sleeve to make sure each hoop sits at the exact same position in order to easily make all hoops the same height (the hole in the sleeve was pre-drilled before installing);
- the hoops are made of 1/2" flexible PEX pipe and slide easily into the sleeves without much wobbling;
- plastic or frost cloth can be put on top and clipped to the hoops - it is so late already that I probably don't even need to do this for spring, but I'll be ready for fall, gosh darn it!
This project was on my April to-do list and I just finished it last week-end. It was a pain due to having to dig all the dirt out of the way to install each sleeve, but it was worth it. It is why I haven't got around to seeding most of my veggies yet (which is on my May to-do list which isn't posted yet! I am behind in my gardening this year... you get the idea...)
For more information on raised bed vegetable gardening, check out these posts:
- When to start planting vegetable seeds in Calgary
- Vegetable gardening in Calgary 101
- Vegetable gardening tips - notes from Square Foot Gardening
- What you need to know about building raised bed vegetable gardens
- resources specific to growing vegetables in Calgary
- preparing and amending vegetable garden soil