Quick Hoops: Use Low Tunnels to Grow Vegetables in Winter

Low tunnels, also known as "quick hoops," are inexpensive tunnel greenhouses you can use to grow vegetables in winter.



Low tunnels illustration
Using these inexpensive low tunnels or "quick hoops," you can protect plants throughout winter for a fraction of the cost of building a greenhouse.
ILLUSTRATION: KRISTIN HURLIN
Winter garden
Eliot Coleman uses low tunnels to grow carrots, salad greens and other crops in winter — in Maine!
BARBARA DAMROSCH
Quick hoops
These low tunnels are covered with floating row covers. Before winter, a layer of plastic will be added.
BARBARA DAMROSCH
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Quick hoops vegetables
Broccoli, cabbage and many other crops work well under quick hoops.
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