12 thoughts on “Raised Bed Gardening in Colorado – Hoop Houses

    RockyMtn Hiker

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    We did this last year with the plastic and when we had the big snow on Mother's Day, my garden survived!  I grew tomatoes through the end of September.  I have not had to use the mesh screen yet because my garden gets enough shade and sun without too much direct sunlight. We live just north of Co Springs.

    Susan Graves

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    what type of string are you using and how do you attach it? I would like to see how you actually do this part

    Amanda Sullivan

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    I was so excited to see a video for Colorado Springs! I love gardening but have really struggled with it here. I'm used to being in the south where almost anything will grow anywhere! 

    Gardening With Puppies

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    Very nice system

    Susan Rogers

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    I like that chenile setup, would really be helpful here in Arkansas, it gets HOT here.

    righttothrive

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    Hey Mike! All cool season veggies can be extended into November and even December. Really hard vegetables, like kale, mache, mizuna, and cabbage can go longer. If it is a cloudy winter the lack of sunlight will cause the temperature to plummet, so just know that it can get cold enough to kill even the really hardy veggies. Check out Four Season Harvest by Elliot Coleman for all of the details. And, try a double layer of green house glazing plastic with a layer of Remay. 

    Mike Schwan

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    What can I start growing now and in the winter if I use hoops? Thanks!

    righttothrive

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    We made a follow-up video to this one called "French Chenille Hoop System" that has more detail on how to lace the hoops. Hope it helps! :)

    righttothrive

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    Hello fellow Colorado Gardener (aka Brave Soul)! Where are you specifically? Glad the video offered something you might be able to use – the amount of wind you get will determine ultimately how successful the system is.

    s3venvii

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    Great video. Fellow CO gardener, will have to do some more research and experimenting on my raised beds using this method!
    

    righttothrive

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    I will put that on my to-do list – you are not the first person to ask for a little more instruction on building the chenille hoop system. I will try to get it posted sooner rather than later. ;-)

    MaxSioSF

    (December 7, 2016 - 1:48 pm)

    Thank you for these wonderful videos I appreciate the advice from people that are doing such good work We just built our first raised beds and I would love to replicate your chenille system. Please consider making a how-to make a chenille video. Your explanation in this video is sufficient for me to attempt making one, but I know when things work this well, a lot of thought, trials and errors have gone into the work. Fantastic!

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