UW Extension publishes hoop house DIY guide
A University of Wyoming Extension do-it-yourself guide to building a high tunnel includes how-to videos that can be viewed by computer or hand-held device.
“Hard-sided High Tunnel Construction,” B-1240, details how to build a structure with commonly available materials.
High tunnels extend the growing season by protecting young plants from the cold of early spring and past traditional fall frost dates.
“High tunnels are passive structures and an economical option for individuals who cannot afford to build or operate a greenhouse,” said Jeff Edwards, Extension educator, who shows how to construct a high tunnel from the ground up.
The bulletin uses the free app Aurasma that enables anyone with a smartphone or tablet to point their device at an image and view the associated video. Instructions for using the app are at the front of the bulletin. Videos are also accessible via the QR code reader app on smartphones.
The bulletin can be used on-site to view the how-to videos as long as there is cell phone coverage for smartphone or WiFi for tablets.
“The access to video through a publication is really cool,” said Edwards. “In some instances, the step that is described in the manual may not be as clear as watching it. It’s like having YouTube at the construction site for on-the-fly advice or clarification.”
The publication is available for free download by going to http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B1240.pdf.
Resources, structure types, videos and more information are at the Wyoming Hoop House Info Network at http://bit.ly/wyohoops.