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    Just form a hole in the soil with a suitable tube from a blow away or rod and push the end into the ground why make things complicated ? See Alans Allotment: Blue Water Pipe & Netting


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Just form a hole in the soil with a suitable tube from a blow away or rod and push the end into the ground why make things complicated ? See Alans Allotment: Blue Water Pipe & Netting


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    Tall hoop frame for Sprouts
    I do the same. Perhaps make them a wee bit longer if you need the headroom

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    I do the same. Perhaps make them a wee bit longer if you need the headroom
    The article I wrote works backwards from the width of the scaffolding mesh, the width of the bed and derives the total length of hoops based on pushing the pipe 200mm into the ground, and thus gives you the headroom based on the above.
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    Using the metal rods to, sometimes, raise the height means I don't have to add the additional bracing you've used - horses for courses or each to their own
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    For larger beds (2.4 x 4.8) 1 use 2.4m battens and 3m wide netting over wooden frames. Just lift batten over to alternate side to get full access. Skits made from 1m netting.

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    Default Mope and waste pipe

    Iíve been using MDPE for 11 years on my plot. Iím still using the stuff I bought when I first got the plot, so it lasts well.
    I slot it into lengths of 32mm plastic push fit waste pipe, which I also cut into different lengths. I just hammer it into the ground with a mallet, apart from one bed last year when I used a sledge hammer because the soil was so tough!🤣 I move the push fit around each year, depending on what Iím growing in each bed.
    I found the MDPE was just too flexible when it came to covering sweet corn (sounds mad but .. the local squirrels love sweet corn so we have to cover it when the cobs start maturing). Thatís when I realised I need to use longer pieces of waste pipe to make a more sturdy structure.
    The only downside with this arrangement is that I find the odd snail has taken refuge in the push fit. However, thatís nothing that a stomp with the wellie canít solve.
    I canít recommend MDPE enough. Just love the stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchkiller Woman View Post
    I’ve been using MDPE for 11 years on my plot. I’m still using the stuff I bought when I first got the plot, so it lasts well.
    I slot it into lengths of 32mm plastic push fit waste pipe, which I also cut into different lengths. I just hammer it into the ground with a mallet, apart from one bed last year when I used a sledge hammer because the soil was so tough!�� I move the push fit around each year, depending on what I’m growing in each bed.
    I found the MDPE was just too flexible when it came to covering sweet corn (sounds mad but .. the local squirrels love sweet corn so we have to cover it when the cobs start maturing). That’s when I realised I need to use longer pieces of waste pipe to make a more sturdy structure.
    The only downside with this arrangement is that I find the odd snail has taken refuge in the push fit. However, that’s nothing that a stomp with the wellie can’t solve.
    I can’t recommend MDPE enough. Just love the stuff!
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    i use 16mm pipe quite often. simple hoops with 3 straight pieces on the top and sides as bracing. they do work by placing them straight into the ground, but it is better to use some sort of stake, either inside the pipe or attached to it. also guide popes at the front and back work well

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