Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Half-Hoop House Update

We’re having the most spring-like Spring here in St. Louis this year! On warmer days we keep the hoop house vented, but temperatures can still surge over 100° in there.


The peas are loving the sun


These basil plants were started from seed and had been under our grow lights until recently

perfect salads

The makings of many delicious salads: carrots, onions, romaine lettuce, bok choi and kale


These nasturtium leaves are a spicy, peppery addition to our salads. We also have some cilantro and echinacea sharing the pot


With such high temperatures in the hoop house, the tomato plants we started from seed have already begun to flower


Outside the hoop house our strawberries are beginning to flower, too! They're in a separate bed with candy apple onion sets we planted


8 responses to “Half-Hoop House Update

  1. Christine Laperuto April 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I’m jealous. We had snow in Chicago this past weekend. Your plants are amazing!

  2. Monica Silva McArthur April 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Beautiful! I’m (super late) starting my herbs in pots [in my sunroom] this weekend. Hope to have the same kinda success!

  3. joanna May 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hey there! Any tips or good resources for apartment container gardening?

  4. Quinerly May 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    good looking basil!

  5. Steve Herrick September 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Do you have any leads on where to get plans for a free-standing half-hoop house? I can’t find them anywhere, but I need a half-hoop, due to space constraints.

    • We Will Work for Food September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Steve. We didn’t follow plans for our half-hoop house, we just made it up ourselves. Basically, we installed vertical PVC pipes along one of the long sides of our garden, the same way you would for a regular hoop house, but instead of bending them over to the other side, we attached another set of PVC pipes to the top of the vertical ones using L-shaped connectors. These lengths of PVC were then bent and attached to the other side of the garden. Eric custom built a door frame and door using 2x4s and polyethylene sheeting. Hope this helps!

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