I've been gardening and writing about gardening for more than 20 years, yet I find I'm always learning new things about the plants, insects and other critters that call my backyard home. That's the great thing about gardening — it's never boring! I've worked as a landscaper, on an organic farm, as a research technician in a plant pathology lab and ran a small cut-flower business, all of which inform my garden writing. Someone once asked me when I'll be finished with my gardens, to which I replied, "Never!" For me, gardening is a process, not a goal.
Hi-Rise Super Hoops, above, and Super Hoops, below, are made from two parallel, heavy-gauge wires joined by cross braces. The double-wire construction not only makes them more stable, it also provides better support than single-wire hoops.
Super Hoops — it's a dramatic name for a simple product. But when you think of all the ways Super Hoops can help you in the garden, maybe that superhero name really does fit.
Unseasonal cold snaps, hungry flea beetles, nibbling cabbageworms, pounding rains, voracious potato beetles, searing sunshine, destructive vine borers, marauding birds, early fall frosts … considering all the challenges faced by gardeners, it's a wonder we manage to harvest anything at all! Incredibly, there is a simple, non-chemical way solution to these problems: Protect plants with the right kind of garden fabric (also known as row covers). And the easiest way to support garden fabric is with Super Hoops.
Unlike single-wire hoops that tend to sway and flop, Super Hoops are made from two parallel, heavy-gauge wires joined by cross braces. The double-wire construction not only makes them more stable, it also provides better support for row covers than single hoops. Super Hoops come in two sizes: regular Super Hoops provide 14″ of headroom in the center when installed across a 3-foot-wide bed. High-Rise Hoops provide 43″ of headroom.
Simply set up the hoops in early spring, and attach the different types of garden fabric as you need them through the seasons:
Protect ripening fruit from hungry birds with Super Hoops and Bird Netting.
Finally, as summer progresses into fall, All-Purpose Fabric and Garden Quilt can again protect plants from the chill, extending the growing season into late fall and early winter.
The Super Hoops are already assembled, but if you have the Hi-Rise Super Hoops, take the following steps:
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