Hoop House Farming: Vertical Space

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Growing plants in a hoop house is space saving since there are several vertical levels of plants as well as ground rows. Farm and care for plants correctly and safely with tips from an experienced farmer in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Danny Botkin

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So, once you have a hoophouse, and you realize the profound value of every inch, invariably, you start to go up, so look around and you can see the vertical space, here. The space is valuable, right to the ceiling, and so we want to build it in such a way, that we can utilize both the ground space, and the vertical space. This center structure was put in as a bracing, to keep snow loads, from collapsing the hoophouse, but it has the secondary benefit of making a wonderful boardwalk, so we have all kinds of space for plants here, and then underneath, the shade, cooler loving plants, like the beets, and the onions and the leeks. They can still hang out, and get a little bit of respite from the heat, and then that's not all, because we have crops, which will go up, up, up, and be trellised right to the center perlin. You can see the remnants of last year's string beans, which were fourteen feet high, and itching to go higher, so the entire hoophouse is a project in managing space, and I'm always taking trays and putting them in new places. Let's say it's too hot, for these little lettuces. I could tuck them over to here, and that would give them a little more shade. Let's say I had something like these delfiniums, that were heat loving. I can tuck them right in here, against this black barrel, where they just get all the heat, and then if I have something like peppers, or eggplants, or tomatoes, that really love heat, I'll put them up to the upper shelves, where it's up into the nineties. Just so long as I can get up there, review them, and remember to hydrate them in time.