Mending the quick hoop
When I made our first quick
hoop, I figured the
stucture's cost-efficiency would largely depend on how long the row
cover fabric lasts. Luckily, the delicate fabric gets less
damaged on quick hoops than it did on cold frames, but the combination
of age, snow, and falling branches did result in some serious
dings this winter.
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I waited to do my
mending until it was time to move the quick hoops from the
overwintering beds they were protecting to new beds of spring
crops. Although it's possible to mend fabric when stretched over
the hoops, it's much easier to take it inside, cut out a piece of
fabric from a ruined row cover, and then whip-stitch the patch over the
I figure it cost about $50 to
make each of our 25-foot-long quick hoops, and after two years of use,
I'd say the fabric will last three years total. We've also had to
replace one of the hoops, and may need to expect to do that every year
or so. If so, our cost to keep a quick hoop going over a decade
will be about $75, or $7.50 per year. Not bad for spring
seed-starting, overwintering lettuce and kale, and protecting the last
summer crops from early frosts.