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Name: Fred Ludwig
Virginia Beach, Va (Zone 7b)
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MrL
Jun 25, 2016 10:56 AM CST
I'm still waiting on my own GH to get dropped off, being new and clueless I went with a 12x7 with the plastic greenish type covering and metal frame to see if I can actually use one.
Is there a best way to align it? N/S along its length or should it be E/W?
I'm in 7B, Virginia and hope to at least grow tomatoes, peppers and they're all in containers/grow bags/pots. They're currently sitting outside in the yard in 5 Gal buckets where some creature is preying on them during the night.
Don't know how to raise from seed yet, that's another saga but I'm ordering several types for the dreams. I understand you can grow a radish in 30 days, its a goal.
I'm starting with the basics :)
Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 25, 2016 1:26 PM CST
MrL said:I'm still waiting on my own GH to get dropped off, being new and clueless I went with a 12x7 with the plastic greenish type covering and metal frame to see if I can actually use one.
Is there a best way to align it? N/S along its length or should it be E/W?
I'm in 7B, Virginia and hope to at least grow tomatoes, peppers and they're all in containers/grow bags/pots. They're currently sitting outside in the yard in 5 Gal buckets where some creature is preying on them during the night.
Don't know how to raise from seed yet, that's another saga but I'm ordering several types for the dreams. I understand you can grow a radish in 30 days, its a goal.
I'm starting with the basics :)


Yes, it is best to align the front to back North to South, thus giving you the best sun exposure. You will get plenty of help and very good advice from the folks here on the forum.

Good luck
Thomas75
Name: Fred Ludwig
Virginia Beach, Va (Zone 7b)
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MrL
Jun 25, 2016 4:00 PM CST
Thanks, I figured I'd ask before I went and messed it up Smiling Expecting it to arrive on Monday so by the weekend it'll be a happening.
Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jun 25, 2016 5:23 PM CST
MrL said:Thanks, I figured I'd ask before I went and messed it up Smiling Expecting it to arrive on Monday so by the weekend it'll be a happening.


Keep us updated on the progress on your GH, take lots of photos.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 30, 2016 7:40 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @MrL ! I totally agree with Thomas about the N-S orientation; you will not only get more even sunlight, but much better natural ventilation.

Is this the type of GH you're getting ?

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I bought 2 of these several years ago (mine are 15 x 7) in 2010 and they have worked very well for me - unfortunately, the ones I got did NOT have UV-protected covers and the plastic deteriorated after just one season. So, one of the frames morphed into a "hoop trellis," by covering it with concrete reinforcing mesh, and the other has been recovered:

Thumb of 2016-06-30/Weedwhacker/fc2d60

I also have an 8x16 Rion greenhouse and the hoop houses have worked just as well for me, for about $2000 less money! They have withstood our snowy winters and some pretty strong winds -- just be sure to anchor it down well, and if you're expecting a lot of wind, close it up.

Happy gardening! Smiling

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Name: Fred Ludwig
Virginia Beach, Va (Zone 7b)
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MrL
Jun 30, 2016 10:09 PM CST
Yes, the upper photo is like the one. I've received it and found missing sections to the frame so I'm both waiting on the seller to provide them and going out shopping for some pvc pipes that might work for me. I'm going out Friday (7/1).
Hoping to rise sweet peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes, but its new. Time will tell :)

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