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    Default Flexible garden hoops for netting

    I'm looking to buy some but garden centres generally sell netting + hoops as a kit and they are not large enough for my requirements.

    Looking at the usual haunts online I have found some of suitable size but they are coated in plastic and I'm eagar to avoid plastic where I can. Alluminium flexible garden hoops does not bring up much, the reason for the alluminium is it won't rust.

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    I've never heard of flexible Aluminium...............what have you got against plastic & what is it you are building?
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    For flexible netting hoops alot of peeps use the blue water pipe (or black if you're worried about the aesthetics and have extra cash to splash)

    Of course it's not easy to point you in the direction that meets your requirements if you haven't told s what your requirements are.

    Why not plastic?

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    Hello, I don't like plastic much to be honest because of information online about it leaching. I do use plastic growing containers but in the shed, so they don't suffer extreme temperatures.

    The other reason is I don't want to pay a premium for the plastic coating. To give an example here :

    Flexible Garden Hoops Pack of 10 | eBay

    these are expensive with a plastic coating I don't want or really see the need for.

    I was thinking something like this:

    5kg Coil - Galvanised Fencing Line Wire - 3.15mm (Approx 82 mtrs)

    This is fencing wire on a coil which I'm thinking I may cut sections out off to form the hoops.

    I am wanting to build a tunnel out of wire hoops and netting for beetroot/lettuce protection.

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    I use similar wire on my trellis - great in tension but useless in compression. The weight of the nett would probably flatten it.

    I've also use similar looking supports to the other links but much prefer the blue water pipe. Please not it's a water pipe. If these things were leaching chemicals then it wouldn't be for water.

    I know it's an essential trace element but is too much zinc good for you?
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    Zinc is at least an element that is utilised by the plant, plastic isn't. Is your experience of this stuff of a suitable diameter? Because this will make all the difference where compression is concerned. 3.15mm is the thickness I was thinking of, then there is 2.5mm or 1.6mm which would not be up to much. I think the 3.15mm would give enough rigidity to easily hold the netting. I feel plastic is a unecessary addition, even if the environmental drawbacks are over-exaggerated, it breaks down and degrades over time, eventually splitting and spalding off the metal underneath. So, really not an ideal situation. I noticed this last year with some pvc windows used as a cold frame roof, the white plastic powdered and rubbed up all over my gloves when I moved it.

    On the subject of plastic pipe, as good as it is as safely carrying water, none of it has adequate UV protection, hence why there are different colours of guttering/downpipes. Some have protection from UV, others don't. Blue/white plastic pipe would not be fit for purpose externally. I know people use it but they are wrong to.

    I suppose the answer is to trial it and report back here. Screwfix do a 2.5mm here :

    Apollo 2.5mm 2.5mm Galvanised Garden Wire x 25m | Wire Mesh | Screwfix.com

    the 2.5 stuff is relatively inexpensive and I think worth trialling so that's what I'm going to do. Failing this I will try the 3.15mm...

    p.s. I'm conscious of posting a thread asking for advice and then countering all of it with my own. It's not intentional, it just allows me to problem solve, please don't feel I am disregarding advice given. Thanks.
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    Use young willow, bamboo or hazel and bend it to shape.
    You could even grow your own by planting willow at suitable spacing and bending the tips over.
    Go really green and save the earth's resources

    What will your netting be made from?
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