If you are trying to grow a garden in a colder climate, a hoop house is one way to give plants an early start when temperatures are still cool and to extend the growing season into the fall. A hoop house is simply a greenhouse constructed of a series of hoops that are covered in plastic.
Christopher Brandsdal lives in Norway where the nights are too cold for some plants to survive. He built a hoop house on hinges that is attached to a large raised bed garden to keep his peppers and other cold-sensitive plants thriving. He opens the cover during the day while the sun is shining and closes it at night to keep the plants warm.
This project is a brilliant way for any gardener to combine the benefits of hoop house growing and raised bed gardening. This is a simple, inexpensive design that would make a great weekend project. See the videos to see the building process.
See the building process on Youtube: