Hoop House Video

At this point in the year, we are thinking a lot about getting the production season going.  In March, that means starting seedlings, and putting up modified hanley hoop houses.  Since ours were left up all winter, with the plastic wrapped tightly at the top to avoid rodent problems, we just had to pull the plastic down over the hoops and tighten the ropes.

Hoop houses over the winter

Hoop houses over the winter

Hoop houses in early spring

Hoop houses in early spring

We made a video showing how to move a modified hanley hoop house.  This includes taking one down, and putting it up again.  We hope you find it useful.

For anyone with a modified hanley hoop house, how is it working for you?

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2 Responses to Hoop House Video

  1. jenredfox says:

    This comment came to us directly and I am reposting it below.

    Hi Dave-happy spring! Exciting time of year, waiting with bated breath for the weather to turn warm. I have a quick question about the hanley houses from multi-shelter. We just set up our first two-48 footers, and found the plastic to be much too short. (thanks for the videos on set-up by the way-huge time saver for us!).
    We set up the hoops and pounded the t-posts about 9 or 10 feet away from the end arches. We then draped the plastic and found we couldn’t pull it far enough to fit between the t-posts, let alone what you recommend in your video to wrap the plastic around the posts once for security. I had to remove the posts and bring them in to within 5 feet or so of the end arch, which really doesn’t work very well for the structure.
    The total length of the plastic we received was 140 feet, which according to Norm, who I just spoke to, is the standard extra length everyone receives regardless of length of the house. Norm suggested tilting the end arches inward a little to gain a bit of extra length.
    I was wondering if you might have some suggestions for getting this plastic to work. We put the plastic on the house on a cold, somewhat gusty day so didn’t get the plastic particularly tight-i wondered whether retightening the plastic might help a bit-it just didn’t seem like the plastic had enough stretch to come anywhere close to working with the t-posts out at the proper spacing.
    Sorry for the long email. by the way keep on with the postings on the farm and heliotrust websites/utube. Really really great to get to see what you guys are doing there.
    Thanks so much Dave.
    Talk to you soon.

    Stewart Fotheringham and Nicole Burkhard
    Whippletree Farm
    1515 Hwy 201
    Round Hill, NS B0S 1A0
    (902) 532-0484

  2. jenredfox says:

    Here is David’s reply to Stewart:

    Hello Stewart,

    Good to hear from you and glad to hear you are enjoying the videos and blog stuff we are doing. Really, it is almost all Jen’s effort, but I take it as an encouragement to keep at is as well.

    Regarding the plastic length, the extra plastic I told people to get based on my experience is 125′ for a 96′ foot house, with worked out to 29′ feet extra per house and you are at 24′- quite a difference!

    Not sure what to recommend that you do. Of course you could take out a hoop or buy new plastic but I doubt either of those options sound very good.

    I’m wondering if there is a way to add on a short extra piece to get the length you need or to rig up a conventional endwall on one side to you would have the plastic you need for one “ponytali” on the other end.

    Feel free to call me if you want to brainstorm in real time.



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