Polycarbonate Greenhouse - Extend the Growing season for months at a great cost.

A polycarbonate greenhouse is a great way to protect your crops. And any structure covered by polycarbonate can improve the quality of the fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

So what are the more popular of these structures?:

  • Hoop House or Hightunnel (the ultimate)
  • Low tunnels
  • Row Covers

Hoop Houses and High tunnels are the ultimate in in-expensive greenhouses. Using UV treated cover over galvanized steel, or PVC pipe frame, high enough to walk into, provide a great area for growing vegetables, fruits and flowers well into the non-growing seasons.

These Hoop Houses use the suns rays to do the heating and through a timely and well planned seeding program, fruits and vegetables can be grown throughout the year.

Roll up sites are normally used as vents, or large doors on either end are propped open to allow for air flow to keep the temperatures down.

Low Tunnels or Row Covers are another form of Polycarbonate Greenhouse. Much along the same lines as their big brother the Hoop House, a low tunnel is a covering draped tightly over a galvanized pipe, wire or pvc pipe frame.

These are inexpensive to construct and are a great way to prevent damage from heavy winds and cold weather. Growing with a Hoop House helps to warm the soil.

They can be used in early spring for cool weather crops, and in late spring to get growing sooner for warm weather crops like peppers and tomatoes. In the Fall they can be used to lengthen the growing season to larger crop yields.

If you would like to learn more about growing in High Tunnels, one of the best resources in my opinion is Eliot Coleman's - Four Season Harvest. For a full review and to learn more about this book visit the full review Eliot Coleman's 4 Season Garden Review.

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