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I’ll post a couple of pictures and write up something this weekend. If you haven’t been following along with the building of this just click here to see the whole story.

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Well, I sure am not complaining after the crazy weather the past couple of days. But, we did get 5 inches of snow yesterday. No big deal other than delaying the already delayed Hoop House project. The weather man is saying we will be 50+ degrees by Tuesday. We’ll see.

Here are some pictures of the front and back (actually the side) yard from early this morning.

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Darn weather! This thing would be done and I could have moved my lettuce outside if only the weather would cooperate. LOL, just another day I guess. I can’t complain too much. If we were having a normal winter I would still be planning this out and looking forward to starting it.

The last update showed the boys screwing the pvc posts into the wood runner on the long side of the hoop house. If you haven’t seen the start of this project you can find it here.

Since then we put on the hip boards. Mine are 30″ from the top of the runner board. I did this in such a way that I can have my sides roll up for ventilation and cooling and it can rest on this board I’ll have a picture of that when I get it all done.

These boards (2 x 4 x 8) are drilled out with a 1″ hole saw so the pvc sits in the board. I then used a 2″ screw to secure the pvc to the board. The part of the board that is outside the pvc will become the shelf that the rolled up plastic from the sides rests on. At least I hope so anyways.

We also built one of the end walls. Just standard framing. Actually the other end is going to be built a little different just to see which way works better. The lumber is standard 2 x 4 x 8’s. My door is 36″ wide and just shy of 6′ tall.

The last thing we have completed is hanging the ridge pole.  Standard 2 x 4 x 8 boards. The way I hung this is I drilled 2 small holes through the board and used some 14 gauge wire that I had for another project and just twisted it. Just link a twisty tie. The twists are on the bottom of the board so it doesn’t contact the plastic. The black wire is coming around the pvc and into the wood, then twisted tight.

Today most of the snow is gone but it is very windy so the plastic won’t be installed. Maybe tomorrow I can get the other end wall installed and the plastic on!

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Last year was the first year that we lived on this property. The garden was brand new so we had to break ground and basically just deal with the existing soil conditions. Which in hind sight, were not too bad.

Here are some pics from last year. Some successes and some not so successes 🙂 That’s how it goes some years.

When we purchased this property in February of last year we were not able to bring along our raised beds. Since it was February they were frozen solid and I had no way to pick them up. Thankfully, I was able to make arrangements to come back in spring and get them! So this bed of Strawberries was salvaged!

The bed to the left we planted with potatoes, and the bed off to the right was used for onions, a couple zucchini plants, and later some cabbage.

The tires were stacked vertically for potatoes, it didn’t really work. The plants grew up to the top but there wasn’t much for potatoes. I think I added the additional dirt at the wrong time???

I’m not sure when this picture was taken but it was already getting late in our planting season. I would have liked to get more ground worked up, but it was starting to get to be a short season already. In fact, if we could zoom ahead tho this year, My hoop house would be blocking most of this view. That’s something I am looking forward to.

I have some of the rows marked out in the picture. The front middle area was sweet corn. That was an excellent harvest. But, we only have a few pounds left in the freezer.

Back to the raised beds. Pictures speak a thousand words? Well at least two words.

Here are some early season pictures. 4 Roma tomato plants in a row, they did very well.

Small plot of potatoes on the right, lettuce and beets under the string.

Just another view. The picture is kind of deceiving. Even with all the trees, they don’t block much sunlight from the garden itself.

Potatoes starting to die back. Those are zucchini plants on the back side.

Sweet corn with carrots and beets in the shadows. Last year I planted some extra things for the goats and chickens but I don’t think they got much of it. Maybe this year. I meant well, it’s just hard to give the animals all this awesome food! One thing that I was able to do this past winter and will continue into spring is to work this soil. We put a lot of last years manure on it along with some yard leaves and let it compost over winter. I’ll also get everything planted early, or at least on time and really mulch it. Mulch is your best friend!

Here are some of the squashes. Mostly Butternut, with some watermelons and cantaloupes mixed in. I don’t remember if we had any acorn squash?

Last year was the first year that we grew pretty decent cantaloupes. We are on the border of having too short of a growing season. Our location (Lake Michigan is about 7 miles east of us) keeps us warmer in fall but cooler in spring. So we get a little later start than others more inland.

Final picture from last year. Just an overall shot from a different angle.

This year should be much different. For one thing I have the 12 x 24 foot hoop house which will be complete very soon. Thanks to the grow lights and heat mat I already have a bunch of seedlings growing in the house. And the composted manure should have worked itself into the soil. I didn’t mention the fruit trees so that will be for another post. Or, the fruity bushes! I can’t wait.

What are you looking forward to this year in your garden? Leave it in the comments and please consider entering your e-mail address in the box to the right so we can stay in touch.


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Hey Everyone, even though there is still snow on the ground and the temps are freezing at night I am trying to get some garden seeds to grow.  Thanks to my new grow light set up and heat mat I am able to get seeds started that I never could have before. I am also almost done with my hoop house so my whole gardening plan for this year has been super charged!

This year is starting out to be one of many firsts for me.  Besides the above mentioned items I am also planning on really focusing on using heirloom seeds so that I can start saving them myself. Not only is this cost-effective, but I like how these seeds will actually condition themselves to my soil and environmental conditions. How cool is that? I’ll actually be writing more about that throughout the summer. For now, here are  a couple pictures of my tomatoes and peppers that I started about 2 weeks ago.

These are Red Brandywines


Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes


Some Bell Peppers, These are Big Bertha’s


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This is a continuation from here.

1st thing I did order the plastic as I mentioned yesterday.

2nd thing is I built and installed the arches! Here is what I did, and how it looks. Feel free to critique it.

The first picture shows the pvc and how I connected the two 10′ sections. I felt that using a regular 1″ coupler was not going to be strong enough. So, I cut a 12″ piece of 1 1/4 pvc to made a new coupler. The 1 1/4 slides over the 1″ perfectly. The top two pieces will slide together and form a single 20′ arch. You can see that I already drilled and put in a bolt. Next the piece under it will be slid in and then drilled for another nut and bolt. The bottom piece is complete. I used 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ bolts. I could have used a 2″ bolt instead. I also put washers on each end. When they get installed I have to make sure that the exposed end of the bolt is facing down so it doesn’t contact the plastic.

I made up 9 of these arches. With a span of 3′ that gives me a total length of 24′.

These arches slide over the 1/2″ conduit that is already pounded in the ground.

I am facing to the east as I took this picture. My regular garden is directly south , or on the right side of the hoop house.

Here I am looking to the south. You can see that with just the conduit they are pretty stable. I don’t know if I mentioned it earlier, but when I pounded in the conduit I put it at about a 30 degree angle to the piece directly across from it. That makes it a little easier to slide on. I think it will also put less stress on the lower section of pvc.

Ok. This is looking back to the west.

Here is a close up of how the bolts need to face down so the exposed bolt doesn’t contact the plastic.

If you see anything that you think or know will be a problem…PLEASE TELL ME! I will certainly appreciate it.

Also, I added the wooden boards. 2 x 6 x 12 treated pine laid vertically on the inside of the arches. The end boards are the same size but they are laid horizontal (flat on the ground). I also cut out a slot so the two pieces would fit together nicely.

Here the boys are screwing the pvc brackets to the board.

I also framed one end for the door. Just plain 2 x 4 studs. I don’t have pictures of that yet. And it snowed so I will not be working on the hoop house for a couple of days. And to top if off, my plastic was delivered today! UGH!

The next update can be found here.

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