The Best Easy RETRACTABLE HOOP HOUSE On The Internet

The Best Easy RETRACTABLE HOOP HOUSE On The Internet

This video will show you how to build the best easy retractable hoop house on the internet! This retractable hoophouse design is easy, cheap, durable, and you can do it yourself with simple tools. This design can protect your garden from frost, freezes, pests, harsh sunlight and more!

I installed this retractable greenhouse on top of my raised beds as the greenhouse design is perfect for raised bed gardening. However, you can use the same design for an earth bed. To install this retractable hoophouse on an earth bed, simply pound 3/8″ rebar stakes into the ground, leave 6-12 inches of rebar sticking up from the ground, slide the PVC conduit over the rebar, and bend the conduit to make the support hoops!

I am using this retractable design as a replacement to my hinged hoophouse, because it is cheaper to build and more versatile for year round gardening. However, if you’d like a DIY hoophouse that is hinged, watch the original hinged hoop house DIY installation video here: https://youtu.be/rWasTEXj-sE

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0:00 Why I’m Converting My Raised Bed To A Hoop House
0:57 Materials List To Build A Retractable Hoophouse
1:20 Installing PVC Support Hoops For The End Walls
4:46 Attaching Agricultural Fabric To The End Walls
6:35 Building The Main PVC Support Hoops
9:12 Building The Center PVC Support Hoop
10:23 Installing The Purlins (Cross Supports)
14:25 Building The Retraction Mechanisms
15:49 Installing The Greenhouse Cover
18:20 Final Hoop House Garden Results And Demonstration
20:17 Customize This DIY Hoop House For Your Garden
21:12 Adventures With Dale

If you have any questions about how to build a hoop house for a raised bed garden, have questions about this raised bed hoop house installation, want to know about the things I grow in my garden, are looking for more gardening tips and tricks and garden hacks like this, have questions about vegetable gardening and organic gardening in general, or want to share some DIY and “how to” garden tips and gardening hacks of your own, please ask in the Comments below!

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50 Comments

  1. Julian Gonzalez on September 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    That’s pretty slick looks clean

  2. Miranda M on September 29, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Smart! Love it🌻❤️🍅

  3. ANNETTE CHINNERY on September 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Well done fab! Excellent presentation, your a pro – I will be trying this in Scotland

  4. JM S on September 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Instead of the rigid conduit clamps that don’t quite fit, get a roll of galvanized pipe hanger "tape". You can cut it to fit, and it’s extremely versatile. We’ve used it in many, many spots where something flexible was needed to conform to what we were trying to secure while building out a cattle panel hoop chicken run.

  5. Pam Schonfarber on September 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    You never said any measurement of the length of PVC conduit

  6. Common Law on September 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing this amazing idea. I appreciate your explanation of every detail and why you’re doing what you’re doing. Very clear presentation.

  7. Debra Kasadine on September 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I really appreciate this information!! Thank you!!!

  8. Andrew Velasquez on September 29, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Any ideas how to close the bottom sides to keep critters out

  9. BaldGirlGoneBold on September 29, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    It’s all a setup!!! The destroyed wrapping paper perpetrators are long gone and Dale alone has taken the fall! #FreeDale
    Thanks for showing the plastic vs. the agricultural fabric as covers 💚💚

  10. Kendell Jackson on September 29, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Would a middle hoop be practical for a 6 foot bed or is it required for larger beds? I’m in Fayetteville NC not too far from you.

  11. BaldGirlGoneBold on September 29, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I don’t think Dale did it; I feel like he was covering for someone 🤔

  12. Hashtag Just a dad on September 29, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent step by step.

  13. Debrah Binard on September 29, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    This is nice! But I need to work out ways to build if it snows. How do you plant it?

  14. carrie unknown on September 29, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    you flipping rock dude. serious. thank you sooo much for sharing because you didnt have to awesome for this old woman that needs to be able to make this with no help♥️

  15. CuriousCat on September 29, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Love the retractable feature. I’m going to try this as I really want to use the frost fabric in winter and then switch it out to bug netting in spring – keep those white moths and squash bugs outta my life, lol.

  16. Jeanette Requintin on September 29, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    this year, i used big clamps to hold the fabric clamped to the tubes, whether up or down.

  17. J M on September 29, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Do you think this can work without a raised bed to screw into?? (Just going straight into the dirt)

  18. Bart Sexton on September 29, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I want to do the raised beds . And I love this idea for bug cover . My question is on the 2×6 are they treated or hat did you use . Thanks I’m from Wayne county NC

  19. Private Uploads- Geo on September 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Dale. Very interesting design. Kudos! I’m researching this and similar designs because I have high temps, 90-100 degrees for 3-4 months almost every day in summer. So I think the shade cloth will help protect from sunburn, and hopefully allow enough air flow to keep it from overheating. My other concern is the critters that I need to keep out: gophers, squirrels, rabbits, deer, rats or mice.
    So I’m wondering if the retractable method is better for sealing the raised bed from critters than the hinged hoop top is. What do you think? Geo

  20. Lynanne Herrera on September 29, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I like your retractable idea. I think I’d set it up on the inside of the frame and be prepared to put a plasric, same system on the out side of the frame, when the time comes in winter. thankn you.

  21. Libby Holt on September 29, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Dude! What a great invention! Plus I’m liking the versatility of the agricultural cloth vs the plastic. I built my first raised bed couple years ago, 3’x3’x12′. Before I filled the box with soil, I cut 8 pc of 2" conduit (f/ReStore) 3 feet long each. I stood them up inside the box, one per corner + 2 spaced evenly along the length, both sides, where my vertical supports were (walls are made of corrugated metal, supported by 2x4s). I back-filled the soil against them. The walls of my box + the soil hold them in place, so no need for straps or screws, I hope. Piggy-backing on your design, I will insert 1/2" conduit into my vertical 2" pieces, then proceed w/your slide-n-glide idea. I had assumed I was gonna be constantly removing and re-installing the cloth. The ends of the side-to-side bent 1/2" conduit won’t be permanently attached to the raised bed box. That may be a bad thing or maybe it’ll prove to have some advantage?? I’ll make those 1/2" curvy pieces extra long so I can stick each end all the way to the interior bottom of each vertical 3’x2" piece, thus distributing the stress down the whole depth of the box. Really appreciate your channel. This old lady is learning a lot from you, young man. Thx to you, I’m gonna try garlic this winter and cukes and determinate tomatoes next year.🤞

  22. Lynn Bihm on September 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Genius design! Thank you for sharing

  23. richard kut on September 29, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent, thank you.

  24. Bear 777 on September 29, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Question on retracting cover, when lifting do you have to use 2 hands to stop the fabric from binding up as you lift? And how has the cover been holding up now that its been a few months. I have a 20 x 4 ft bed I would like to try your design on, thanks for sharing it.

  25. Patti Criss on September 29, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Amazing design. Well thought-out. Thank you for sharing.

  26. imaspacewoman on September 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Great design. I hate SQUASH bugs so bad that I will consider doing this for my squash and hand pollinate every morning and evening!

  27. Robyn Parkin on September 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Great detailed instructions. Thank you 😊

  28. Lori Fitzgibbon on September 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Very clever hoop house!
    Thank you for sharing.

  29. Common Law on September 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    next project-retractable covering for Birdies raised beds using no wood or a hinged cover. Circo Innovations has hinges especially for PVC construction. I’m stuck on how to build the rail outside of the bed that the hood would "hinge" to. I would like it to come down over the edge of the bed to keep bugs out so I would need a "stop" for the frame to rest on when closed. As I am needing to eliminate wood from the project drilling clamps onto anything is not an option. Thanks to all for any suggestions.

  30. Susan Angelo on September 29, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    I have a much less convenient version. I will so be upgrading to your design!

  31. john Killen on September 29, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    i like your idea so much that i will use it on my 200 foot long beds……….thanks

  32. The Miss Tra on September 29, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Nice

  33. kazuza9 on September 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    The best idea around. Awesome man

  34. The Millennial Gardener on September 29, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    If you found this video helpful, please "Like" and share to help increase its reach! Thanks for watching 😊TIMESTAMPS for convenience:
    0:00 Why I’m Converting My Raised Bed To A Hoop House
    0:57 Materials List To Build A Retractable Hoophouse
    1:20 Installing PVC Support Hoops For The End Walls
    4:46 Attaching Agricultural Fabric To The End Walls
    6:35 Building The Main PVC Support Hoops
    9:12 Building The Center PVC Support Hoop
    10:23 Installing The Purlins (Cross Supports)
    14:25 Building The Retraction Mechanisms
    15:49 Installing The Greenhouse Cover
    18:20 Final Hoop House Garden Results And Demonstration
    20:17 Customize This DIY Hoop House For Your Garden
    21:12 Adventures With Dale

  35. Ann Lyder on September 29, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I will be making so too x.

  36. Tom Gibson on September 29, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Tomatoes are wind pollinated because they have a perfect flower aka the pollen is inside the flower next to the stamen and just needs a little shake to pollinate. The best time to pollinate is in the morning before temperature above 80F kills the pollen.

  37. Dave Clark on September 29, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    What an awesome idea!! Thanks for the good tips!

  38. Vicky Oakes on September 29, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Great video, thanks a bunch!

  39. Andy Boans on September 29, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Very good idea and like the clean presentation:) Loads of fun

  40. Lorelyn Leisure on September 29, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Nice! I will be making these!

  41. Donna Ball on September 29, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks!

  42. Anthony Scinocca on September 29, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Very helpful video. Perhaps a few too many We’re going to’s, but I’m encouraged to build one.

  43. Ozlem on September 29, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Great idea! Climate conditions looks similar where l live in, MS. I have metal raised beds. So, do you think does this work by using rebars to secure the pvc to the raised bed?

  44. NP M on September 29, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I’m not a gardener but now I do juicing and I want to grow my own veggies. Is this cover can protect the plants from sometimes snow during spring?

  45. Ray Mitchell on September 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I’m subscribing to your channel… So I like this design a lot, I’m thinking about making it… So I had a thought about the design what do you think if I also put the couplers on the bottom so when the fabric is in the lowered position it stays latched down… I’m just getting started with raised beds and growing food in general, in fact last week… I need the hoops to keep the birds and critters from chomping down on my seedlings, which I am seeing starting to sprout! So exciting!!! For summer would you recommend a bird netting (I have this deer netting that I had kicking around the house for a different project… Any Advice?

  46. Sean Gillespie on September 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    faff

  47. J C King on September 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!

  48. :laura-lee: Murphy UTA on September 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Do you have a link to the row cover you used?

  49. Chris Black on September 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Clever idea!!!

  50. Angela U on September 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you so much – what a wonderful idea and great tutorial. Greetings from S Australia – where it gets b hot : ( Apparently our climate is comparable to San Jose if that means anything to you.
    Just subscribed.

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