Published on December 23, 2008
High Tunnel Construction
What do you want from your high tunnel? Farmers Market – start the season with a large selection and then you want the earliest tomatoes & cut flowers
Or perhaps expand your CSA into the winter
High Tunnel Alternative Structures PVC Structure
Bend your own steel
First things first – Site Selection Fertile, well drained soil Full day of sun Proper orientation No persistent perennial weeds
Fertile, well drained soil
Full day of sun
No persistent perennial weeds
Squaring the high tunnel
But what if instead of being flat, your land lays like this…
Simple window framing using 2 x 2’s, a couple of hinges, a few screws to hold the string in order to open and close the window and a hook n’ eye to hold it closed!
Hinged front (and rear) end wall. Penn State University high tunnel
Poly going on the high tunnel at Kentucky State University
Roll Up Sides?
What will it cost?
Some Comparative Costs Atlas RT 20 X 96 frame: $1383.00 Bend-your-own-steel 20 X 96: $761.00 (includes pipe bender), a savings of $622 plus whatever shipping the Atlas frame would cost Other items: 9 pc galvanized pipe 21'X1 3/8" X .047 (18gauge) roll-up sides 10.75ea 96.75 62 stainless steel tek screws 3/4" .17ea 10.54 34 carriage galvanized bolts3"X1/4" .4035ea 13.72 5lbs galvanized deck screws 2. 20.70 1 Inflation Blower 56.00 1 Inflation Blower deflector 15.98 256' channel lock 0.75/ft 192.00 400' wiggle wire 0.16ea. 64.00 2 rolls 36'X100' greenhouse poly 268ea. 536.00 1 roll 10'X100' greenhouse poly 69ea. 69.00 6 jumper hoses 24" 12.50ea 75.00 12 pc 2"X4"X16' treated lumber 5.72ea 68.64 16 pc 2"X6"X16' treated lumber 10.50ea 168.00 2 gate corner elbows 1 3/8" 2.76ea 5.52 250' Perferated drain pipe 4" .27996/ft 69.99 3 elbows 4" 3.89ea. 11.67 1 "t" 4" 3.89ea. 3.89 1477.40
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