Last year I raided a dumpster when I saw a bunch of stiff waterline thrown into it. I used them to create hoops in my raised beds to help extend the season by covering them with plastic last year. I didn’t scavenge enough to complete the project, so I purchased some 1 inch PVC to complete the project.
I drilled through them and used cable ties to connect them.
These work like mini-greenhouses when plastic is put over them in spring and fall. In the summer, a light fiberglass screen can be used to shade the plants and keep off bugs. I also use bird netting over them to protect the strawberry beds.
In the long beds I often use a piece of cattle or hog panel in the middle to provide climbing area for peas and other plants that can go up. Those long ones aren’t nearly as sturdy as the hoops in the 4 x 4 beds!
Note: I used vinyl deck planking for my raised beds. I put screws in every foot and left the heads up so that I could tie string off them to create a square foot grid pattern for planting.
My kinda gal! Keep it out of the dumpsters and use it well!
I love these types of artifices, I find them educational, encouraging to see what other smart people are doing and I find it inspiring. I haven’t put mine up completely due to a heavy work schedule. I asked a Texan if it’s to late, He said its never to late except one might waiting till the hottest spell is done, You just have to plant accordingly to account for the temps
“smart” people! I like that Badger! :Approve:
It’ really good to know that I’m not the only dumpster diver. My daughter prefers the term re-purposing – whatever. This really is inspiring me to get hoops made so I can be done with the pseudo-greenhouse with tree baskets and saw horses.
Kind of looks like my Mother’s cold boxes which kept getting larger after visqueen came on the market until the entire garden cover was supported by young green hickory hoops holding the visqueen up until the strong March winds had abated. The plants really shot up after the first April shower. The visqueen was good for several seasons until it became too brittle to handle She stopped this process after I left for the Army to return to a smaller garden and the small cold boxes with window glass. Brings back such memories from fifty plus years ago. Harold