Tunnel & Arch Greenhouses
High Tunnel & Arch-shaped greenhouses have a diverse advantages. They are not only great solutions for hobby gardeners abut also for commercial gardeners. These greenhouse increase the crop production, by having a simple and economic design styles. These structures have an advantage as they protect plants from freezing temperatures and massive rain. These structures are mainly used by hobby gardeners, small retail businesses, or industrial productions.
What is a tunnel greenhouse?
Tunnel greenhouses have ( also known as a polyhouse, hoop greenhouse or hoophouse, grow tunnel or high tunnel) a tunnel typically made from steel and covered in polythene, usually semi-circular, square or elongated in shape. They are self-build greenhouses and have a simple design. These greenhouses are mostly used in temperate regions and have plants which mostly grow horizontally. These greenhouses have an inexpensive construction, thus offering a cost effective approach to business. The tunnel greenhouse are specifically intended for small growing areas and you can plant small crops such as vegetables or vines at a low height. The shape of the structure enables snow and rain to simply run off.
What can I grow in a high tunnel?
You can grow crops crops which have pay's premium for earliness such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, berries or salad greens are well-suited for high tunnel production. It's high recommend for growers to choose crops with a high yield potential and high value per unit. Tomatoes and salad greens are the top 2 vegetables grown in high tunnels
How much does it cost to build a high tunnel?
To build a high tunnels, you can start from buying the frame structure and ready made plastic, which can cost ranging ranging from $0.75 to $1.50 per square foot. It's highly advisable to add an additional 25 percent or more for site preparation, irrigation water lines, lumber for end walls, and other miscellaneous items.
What is the difference between a high tunnel and a greenhouse?
High tunnels growing is different from a greenhouse one. In a greenhouse, plants are ususually grown in pots on a table, while in a tunnel plants are usually grown right in the ground just like a conventional growing. Greenhouses plans are typically designed to use heaters and powered ventilation systems or evaporative coolers.
What is an arch-shaped greenhouse?
An arch-shaped greenhouse is similar to the tunnel greenhouse, only difference being, that they can have a different gable shape. It can have different shapes like a pointed to(onion-shaped), a barn-style shape, or an oval. Onion shaped structure are more preferred in in extreme weather conditions zones , as they are engineered for extreme wind and snow conditions. Snow just slides down the sides,as it has no structure to build up. These greenhouses will give you good conditions for gardening year-round, despite severe weather.
Why buy tunnel & arch-shaped greenhouses?
Long growing season
High tunnels and arch- shaped greenhouses have excellent climate control. Farming can be started very early in the spring , with harvest season going well into the autumn. Due to steady maintenance of the heat, it gives the best artificial climate for the growth of the product. ShopGrowSpaces has some products, with which you can even grow in winter without any problems, well, unless the door is blocked by snow loads.
Better crop production
The high tunnels greenhouse and arch-type gives more control over essential needs, like water, fertilizer, temperature etc. and hence give's more efficient crop production.
Lesser need for pesticides
The environment inside these greenhouses makes a less friendly setting for bugs, and thus lessening the need for pesticides.
The arched and high tunnel roof reduces the need for structural support. It makes installation faster and easier.
Big overhead space
These greenhouses features more height from the high contour of the ridge in the middle, which creates more space for gardeners who want to try their skill at taller specialty products. Moving around is easier than in a conventional greenhouse because you don't have short side walls.
Many gardeners adore the simplistic beauty of the high tunnels and arch-type greenhouses. They are not only charming to look at, but a perfect instrument for the neighbor's envy
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