Cold Frame Hoop House Plans and Update

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Here are some hoop house plans and photos of the small hoop house we use for cold weather greens. We had a really warm weekend last week, so i pulled out the cold frame hoop house that we built in the How to make a hoop house cold frame video here. I put in a mix of salad greens and mesclun mix, place a wireless thermometer in, and left it to grow.

I’ve gotten many requests for plans for the cold frame hoop house, you can get more info on all our hoop house cold frame plans here. Below i’ll post a few key photos to guide you along. This Cold Frame Hoop House plan is perfect for our raised garden beds.

hoop house cold frame

 

These hoop houses work really well with our raised vegetable beds. You can watch our How to Make Raised Garden Beds video on our site here.

build a frame that will fit in your garden bed with 2x4 lumber

build a frame that will fit in your garden bed with 2×4 lumber

use narrow diameter PVC to arch across the frame

use narrow diameter PVC to arch across the frame

use electrical pipe holders to secure pipe arches

use electrical pipe holders to secure pipe arches

cut a plywood end that matches the arc of your hoop house cold frame. cut out a hole for the thermatic vent in the plywood

cut a plywood end that matches the arc of your hoop house cold frame. cut out a hole for the thermatic vent in the plywood

attach the plywood to one end of cold frame

attach the plywood to one end of cold frame

the view of the cold frame hoop house from inside.

the view of the cold frame hoop house from inside.

The cold frame hoop house fits just inside the raised bed. nice.

The cold frame hoop house fits just inside the raised bed. nice.

If you want to learn more about growing vegetables year round read Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest book and Nikki Jabour’s Year Round Vegetable Gardener.

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  1. Sarah says

    Hi,
    I am a univ. student and looking to build a small cheap greenhouse that can stand up to snow. I have been watching a lot of videos but so far I see nothing that will not be damaged by snow. What can I do differently from the above.

  2. Eric Gunnar Rochow says

    ‘cheap and stand up to snow’ is a tall order. you might try old storm windows attached at the top to each other with wood or plastic sides. basically a triangle looking cold frame.

  3. Eric Gunnar Rochow says

    i don’t remember, i had a big roll of it in the basement, probably 12 feet wide x 25 feet. thx. eric

  4. Joe says

    Nice concept. Have you found that 1 vent is sufficient in early spring in full sun? Wiggle wire and u-channel would be useful to secure the ends. With wiggle wire and u-channel, we could make the wooden piece lower to allow better sun exposure.

  5. carl says

    Lovely design. How did you attach the plywood to the pvc. The pvc seems so flimsy and moveable. Thanx

  6. aw says

    Does your crawlspace vent still work? Have you had any that don’t open or close correctly in the winter? I really want to try this great option for venting, but would like more info on the reliability of these. Thanks!

  7. Eric Gunnar Rochow says

    the vents work, keep in mind they are only about $20, so i wouldn’t expect these to last many years.

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