Extend the growing season for cold-hardy crops with a very late season harvest or overwinter them for earliest possible Spring harvest. Quickly creates low tunnel hoops out of galvanized electrical conduit (EMT) to withstand brutal fall winds and heavy winter snow loads. 1/2" conduit is recommended for most applications, and can be purchased at your local home improvement store or electrical supply house for about $2 per 10-ft length. Will also bend 3/4", or even 1" conduit, which can be used to provide extra strength for tunnel ends.
Bender comes in 4- or 6-ft wide configurations, so Quick Hoops can span one or two beds at a time. Mounts to any solid surface, such as the corner of a shop workbench, a picnic table, hay wagon, etc. or, to your farm truck's receiver using our optional hitch mount, for convenience and portability.
When frost is expected, Quick Hoops are installed over the beds by inserting them into the soil about 10" and then covered with spun-bonded row cover; 10–15-ft widths are recommended. When real winter threatens, the row cover is then topped with UV-resistant Tufflite III plastic greenhouse cover, sold in 10 x 100-ft rolls. Covers are usually secured with sand bags or some other type of weight placed at the edge of each hoop. Includes curved bender, lever bar (for "finishing" the bend) with removable inserts to accommodate 1/2", 3/4" or 1" electrical conduit, and detailed instructions. Developed in conjunction with Eliot Coleman.