Hoop House Kit Reviews


IF YOU’RE a gardener that lives where the winters are cold, extending the short growing season with a hoop house or greenhouse is an enticing idea. According to the celebrated Maine farmer Eliot Coleman, “Low-cost tunnel greenhouses work so well that if the public were more familiar with them, I think every gardening family would have one.”

So why are hoop houses* still so rare even among avid gardeners? One of the main reasons is because building a structure that (1) looks decent, (2) won’t collapse in the snow or (3) won’t blow away in the wind is a daunting construction project. Assembling an “easy-to-assemble” kit can still be beyond the skills of many gardeners.

Many hoop house kits require at least some carpentry skills

So a truly easy-to-assemble hoop house kit is a pretty appealing product for many gardeners. Unfortunately, the kits that are available still seem to require at least some carpentry skills. Many people report in the gardener forums that assembly was much more challenging than the supplier described. But once they assembled the hoop house, most said they were very pleased with the results.

Shelter Logic Grow it Greenhouse-in-a-Box

For more information about the Shelter Logic Grow it Greenhouse, click here.

To help make it more easy for gardeners to find an inexpensive hobby hoop house kit, I’ve assembled some basic information about what’s available. I’ve limited it to hoop houses and not greenhouses because high poly tunnels (as hoop houses are also called) are what Eliot Coleman recommends. Coleman believes they are inexpensive, easier to move and less costly.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of three similar models from three suppliers to help jump start your research.

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Supplier: ShelterLogic*

Description of Kit: Multiple dimensions: 6 x 8 x 6.5 feet, 10 x 10 x 8 feet, 10 x 20 x 8 feet. Covering: Clear View translucent, rip stop, UV-treated. Hoops: DuPont powder-coated 1-3/8 inch steel frame.

Other components included: Zippered half-moon end-panel vents. Hardware. Amazon Prime free shipping.

Cost: $210.21.

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Shelter Logic Grow it Greenhouse-in-a-Box

For more information about the
Gardman Poly-Tunnel, click here.

Supplier: Gardman*

Description of Kit: Dimensions: 118.11 x 78.74 x 74.8 inches (usable space). Covering: Heavy duty reinforced cover. Hoops: Strong push fit tubular steel frame.

Other components included: Roll-up zippered door for easy access. Hardware. Amazon Prime free shipping.

Cost: $197.80. Not provided: 2 x 4s for bottom base.

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Abba Patio Walk Hoop House

For more information about the
Abba Patio Walk Hoop House, click here.

Supplier: Abba*

Description of Kit: Dimensions: 6 x 6 feet (height not supplied). Covering: Transparent PE cover manufactured from heavy duty material. Hoops: Grey powder-coated steel frame for additional stability.

Other components included: Roll-up zippered door for easy access. Hardware. Amazon Prime free shipping.

Cost: $199.99. Not provided: 2 x 4s for bottom base.

If you’ve bought and assembled one of these kits (or another one not mentioned here). Please let us know how it turned out in the comment section below. Tell us how long it took to assemble and anything else we’d find useful.

*If you purchase using this link, I make a small amount of money, which helps me continue to write articles for Suburban Hobby Farmer.

 

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