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  big-erd
  Friendship
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high tunnels    (Posted Sun, Apr 10 '11 at 07:57 UTC)

Looking for any advice about using high tunnels ,for growing vegetables we would be using raised beds is a round style or gothic style the way to go,this is our first year belonging to local harvest and are really excited about the upcoming year.we are trying to do things as cost effective as possible any help would be appreciated,we live in central wisconsin

big-erd10
 foreversunrise
 piedmont
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Sun, Apr 10 '11 at 08:11 UTC)

i use raised beds, and i hoop them with 6 mil plastic and PVC. i get the PVC conduit from lowes for less then $1.00 a piece and a contracters bag of 1/2 fasteners. We have 16 ft long beds and i use 5 10 ft long pipe and 20 fasteners. Then i just use wire anckeres to stake down the sides. i think i have pics on here of my beds or you can go to my web site and see pics there. hope thise helps, ( eat fresh, eat organic, eat the rainbow.)

Dave & Roxanna foreversunriseorganics.com
 big-erd
 Friendship
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Sun, Apr 10 '11 at 08:32 UTC)

thank you for the quick response. we also raise meat chickens and i built 2 hoop houses 8ft x 12 ft and attached them together.we used 16 ft cattle panels and tarped them.we raised 100 birds in them.i was wondering if i could do the same set up except use clear 6 mil and use that as our high tunnel

big-erd10
 foreversunrise
 piedmont
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Sun, Apr 10 '11 at 08:40 UTC)

i would think that would work, thats all i use is 6 mil clear.

Dave & Roxanna foreversunriseorganics.com
 Ohiorganic
 Eaton
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Sun, Apr 10 '11 at 02:31 UTC)

You should join this list serv specifically for hightunnel users
http://listserv.ksu.edu/web?SUBED1=HIGHTUNNELS&A=1

Lucy Goodman Boulder Belt Eco-Farm Eaton, OH http://boulderbelt.blogspot.com http://www.boulderbeltfarm.com
 Farm Consultant
 S. Windsor CT
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Tue, Apr 12 '11 at 05:57 UTC)

If you have any questions regarding High Tunnels, I am available to you.

Please visit my Buyers Guides:

http://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/ExternalPageView?pageKey=EXTERNAL_PAGE_26

http://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/ExternalPageView?pageKey=EXTERNAL_PAGE_3013

Happy Growing !

Kirk

Kirk, Grower Consultant www.farmtek.com www.growerssupply.com
 big-erd
 Friendship
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Thu, May 12 '11 at 01:04 UTC)

Still doing research on manufactures of high tunnels. has anyone ordered from FarmTek. I was looking at their premium and economy line of high tunnels.Another option is using schedule 40 pvc.was wondering if I use 1-1/4"for my hoops inserted into 1-1/2"pvc into the ground ,I would like to do at least 18 to20'wide.What would I need for length of pvc to make that work.any ideas would be greatly appreciated thank you

big-erd10
 WillisT
 Salmon
Re: high tunnels    (Posted Tue, Apr 17 '12 at 11:48 UTC)

I just am completing our 1st high tunnel. After hundreds of hours of research I chose Growers Solution because of the lower costs. I didn't buy their end-walls, they looked to be weak. I chose to frame in my own and am glad I did. I suggest if you have the funds to do so buying a better (heavier framed) house would be better. I had to put 2 center-post supports in to stop the frame from shaking even with the solid end-walls and still have over $10,000.00 invested. This included 150 feet of water lines, 2 hydrants, equipment rental and basic electrical as well. I purchased all the ventilation system and fans from ACF Greenhouse. There was a lot of extra's I had to purchase from the local hardware store (nuts, bolts, lags rope, etc,..). I used the Caterpillar Tunnel plans from Johnny's Seeds to set up the structure by as the manufacturers were basic and lacked enough information.
My conclusion is that poly or plastic pipe is best for seasonal covers and should be used only for year-round if supported right. Steel is a better choice. Johnny's Seeds has a pipe bender that makes the cost of smaller houses less, especially doing it yourself. Good luck and I'll answer any question you have.

tomatoes
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