Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Building a Covered Bed

I found some 5 foot lengths of black pipe at the local Menard's store.
They are called black flexible water pipes.
I like them ,because they are precut and I can put them in my car without looking like an idiot driving through town with PVC pipes sticking out of my back window.
Although, I still buy the PVC pipes sometimes - seems like I can't avoid looking like an idiot - at least occasionally.
OK continuing with the tutorial!
I also used a few branches, cut into 8 inch lengths, to hold the pipe in the soil, but I think I may end up using some kind of bracket instead, because the hoops tend to fall over when it rains and the soil gets soft.

Stick, soil, pipe.

Cover with row cloth.


  1. Good idea. I bet rebar would work to hold them.

  2. I was just thinking of doing this on a couple of my beds! Where did you get your covering? Im also wanting to build a hoop house, so much to do so little money!

  3. I've enjoyed your blog...Thanks!
    I see you have some sort of seed starting box with a reservoir (looks like maybe its Styrofoam)
    Can you tell give me more information

  4. Ohio Veggies - I bought the row cloth from Territorial Seeds.

    Mimi- The seed starters are called propogation units. I think you can still buy them from Gardener's Supply. Ours are about 13 years old and still going strong!

  5. Hi, I came across your blog while read about Mason Bees.
    I am in the Twin Cities area and have been keeping Mason Bees for 3 years now.

    Did you ever get any Bees?