A Hoophouse on the Horizon, Part 3: It's Up!



I am both proud and happy to say that the hoophouse is completely installed! 

 The installation workshop that was held May 18-19 and coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension was very helpful. There was a turnout of close to a dozen people to help and learn about how a hoophouse goes together. And, as with all things farming, it didn't go without snag.hoophouse2 

Rain Slowed Us Down! 

The first day of the workshop went slow because by mid morning we were getting quite a shower of rain leaving us all chilled and worn out by lunchtime. By then we had gotten all the arches in and had put up the 2x6x12 hip boards and ground boards. We weren't able to work at getting any pylons put up that afternoon due to the rain, even though it had stopped raining. Water on all the metal parts posed a severe slip hazard that would make it too risky. Several friends helped that afternoon with some preliminary side curtain chores, though. I was a little discouraged after the first day because at the hoophouse workshop I attended a few months previous we installed all the pylons connecting the hoops, had the side curtains up on one side and one end wall completed on the first day. So, I was hopeful that we would accomplish a lot on day two.  hoophouse11 

hoophouse4The weather was better, thankfully, though too windy to do any plastic covering. We did get the pylons in place and were able to almost complete one end wall construction and get both of the side curtains in place. It was a lot of work. The instructions weren't always accurate and even though some of us had been to previous installations, there was still a lot of speculation of the correct way to put together parts of it. The process of putting all the parts of it in place was quite confusing at times. It was a fun atmosphere, though, and as we worked we took plenty of time for lunch and visiting and my mom and I made sure we had plenty of food and drink on hand. Of course gardeners and farmers always have plenty to talk about whether it is planting, growing or even eating good food! 

Sherry Leverich Tucker
7/18/2011 9:57:31 AM

Oh, thank you so much, Otter! I really did want to share a lot of pictures, because it is quite a process! I'm growing plants in there already and will be posting pics of them soon and sharing my experience...this is going to be a long learning process!

Jessica Giarrizzi
7/15/2011 12:00:25 PM

Congratulations! I've been following your progress, and it's so nice to see people come together and work as a team for great things like this. Rewarding and heart-warming. :-) Thanks for all the great pictures as well! It really helps show all the complexities involved. . .and the scale of the hoop house!

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