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MatsuBonsai

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Plastic goes up
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:12 PM »
Well, I was finally able to get the top plastic up.  I still need to finish the far end and figure out an accessible way to seal up the front while still being able to get in to water without much trouble.

The cold is coming!
 

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010, 01:51 PM »
Look'n good.

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010, 05:59 PM »
Cool, would you mind explaining your setup? Is that hoop house easy to set up?


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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010, 09:46 PM »
Andrew,

I redid the bonsai area this Spring in preparation for the club garden tour.  I find this layout a lot better.  A brick path down the middle between 2 rows of benches, double row on one side, 8 foot benches, 3 benches long.  

I ordered the EZ-Build & Gro Cold Frames from Growers Supply a while ago.  I put the frame up a few weeks ago.  The plastic went up while the wife was fixing the big Thanksgiving dinner.  :)

 

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010, 10:56 PM »
Very cool! Will you leave the metal hoops up all year long or are they only up close to dormant season?

Thanks for sharing, they look very affordable yet practical. You will have to keep us updated on how they work out for you.


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Re: Plastic goes up
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 08:06 AM »
A light dusting of snow this morning.  Even without the ends closed it looks like everything is still above freezing.  The cold and snow will make putting the ends on interesting.

The hoops will stay up year round.  They'll make for better shade cloth support than the 2x4s I've used in the past.
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 02:46 PM »
Looking good John. My greenhouse has a 4 foot door at each end. The door frame is 2x4's and the doors are 2x2 frames braced with plywood in the corners and covered with plastic. I just finished installing a heating system, ( most of the trees are tropicals). It is 48 outside now , but with the sunshine, it is 65 inside. Temps were 40 last night, but down to 26 tonight.  I like the bricks sidewalk it your area. Good idea. Larry
 

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Re: Plastic goes up
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010, 01:10 PM »
How do you have this one anchored? And from which direction does the prevailing wind come?
 

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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 07:03 PM »
Covered our 40x18 today. Nice, no wind. Only took about 2 hours with Von doing the hard work- she loves the pneumatic stapler. 1 down, two to go.

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Re: Plastic goes up
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2010, 08:26 PM »
Got one of ours done today also, 48x16.  Nice calm day worked in my t-shirt.  Don't tell Carolyn about the pneumatic stapler, she'll want one.  One more to go.  Always had to fight the wind in OK, another reason to like Kansas.
 

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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2010, 09:45 PM »
How do you have this one anchored? And from which direction does the prevailing wind come?

The kit comes with some ground posts that are driven into the ground, then everything screwed together with tek screws, and into base boards.  Seems quite secure.

 

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Re: Plastic goes up
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 06:15 AM »
John, very nice looking hoop house. A question or two; do you know how this house will withstand heavy winds and a reasonably high snow load? Living where I do if I go the hoop house route I'm concerned that the snow may be too much and..... at the moment we are experiencing one of our HIGH wind events...... probably in the neighborhood or 50 MPH.

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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 07:32 AM »
Jay, up north I would pick a heavier structure with at least 3 purlins and heavier gauge hoops. But in the mid south, as long as you watch the snows you can do quite well with these lighter structures. I anchor mine with posts set in concrete to deal with the wind. John
 

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 05:47 PM »
Thanks John, I had a feeling that might be the case. At the moment my wife and I are out at a cafe three towns over.... no power in my section of Vermont. Been out since early AM..... The wind has been crazy.... Glad the trees are in for the winter.

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