High tunnel plastic

  • High tunnel plastic

    Posted by SLH on April 28, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Good morning from Texas! When making a high tunnel do you have to use a certain kind of plastic to cover it? I’m trying to get mine up and running this weekend and would like to fond some locally.

    Chuck1 replied 7 months, 1 week ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • abidingpastures

    April 28, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Yes, you really need a greenhouse plastic. I have a neighbor who keeps trying to save money. He replaces his plastic once a year! All that work and it rips in the wind, etc. Congrats on your new greenhouse!

    Our first plastic we actually left on our greenhouse for 7 years. That is longer than recommended but for all that work and time, plus inflation, we saved a lot by not attempting to use the heaviest duty plastic from Lowes. I recommend Grower’s Solution and Farmer’s Friend. They both are outstanding to deal with! I am sure there are others that are equally good, but that is where our experience is.

  • Raspberry

    April 28, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    We bought ours from Bootstrap Farmer, they’re in Texas, although I’m not sure if it’s anywhere near you. It’s supposed to last 4 years. https://www.bootstrapfarmer.com/

  • ChamberlinFamilyFarms

    April 28, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Any clear plastic will work, but some won’t last but for a 1 year. I’ve seen a small greenhouse made with serane wrap, and worked great

  • sweetpea1110

    April 28, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    We have a small one and we bought ours from Home Depot . 6 mi and it’s opaque in color . We are in our second season . This year we purchased a 40% shade cloth to use on it this year !

    Blessings for your garden!🥕🌽

  • sweetpea1110

    April 28, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Ooops !! Our plastic is 6 ml and opaque in color .

  • Lindac

    April 28, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Here in SW MO we are using 6 mil clear, with 40% shade cloth. We were told could last up to 6 years. Here’s ours 24×35.

  • Chuck1

    April 28, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    We used the 6 mil from Growers Solution (same as from other companies as well). It has survived lots of terrible weather in Kansas winds. My problem on our low sidewall tunnel is that wind gets behind the side curtain on the ends and causes lots of air movement on the sidewall and in the tunnel (we get 40 – 50 mph winds on a regular basis). I had to resort to wiring the ends into the channel with wiggle wire to make sure that there was no damage from the wind. We have all the recommended strapping and then some. Any suggestions?

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