hey guys retired at 40 here today we’re
gonna build a hinged low tunnel but this isn’t just any old low tunnel
this one’s self watering if you’d like to build this low tunnel stick around okay
here’s the raised bed that we did in the last video if you haven’t seen that
video I’ll put a link in the description so you can connect to that one real easy bed to make probably take you about 15 or 20 minutes so onto what you’re gonna
need you’ll need four hinges it doesn’t really matter what size you can actually
do three I did three on the other one and it’s just fine just chose to do four on
this one you’ll need just a simple grab handle for the front you will need five
ten footer half inch schedule 40 PVC you’ll need some screws just enough to
nail the frame together I chose two and a half inch and then
you’ll need some inch and a quarter screws also you need eight of these half
inch T’s, also schedule 40 all this stuff will be schedule forty and two of these threaded couplers two threaded valves like this some all-purpose cement or
some schedule 40 cement some elbows 90 degrees and then some conduit clamps half-inch just to hold the PVC to the frame here
okay so I’ve already gotten started here on the on the the lower part of the of
the frame this will actually hold the low tunnel these two side pieces here
oh you’ll also need two by fours (sorry) so you’ll need four two by four by eight
these sections here these are eight feet if you want to do these are 33 inches if
you want to do a center one you can it just makes it a little bit more sturdy
these are all 33 inches so you need three of those and just screw all those
together and then when you want to put the hinges
on make sure that they’re squared up to the side and to the back I mark these
out at two inches here on each side put the hinge on the right side and then
these are 36 inches right here put them on the 36 inches from this corner this
one is 36 inches from this corner and this hinge is on the left of the mark
this end is on the right of the mark when you get all those screwed in it
makes a nice little hinge nice and sturdy okay so let’s get cutting the PVC
into pieces and we’ll get the PVC low tunnel glued together okay so this is
all 10-foot half-inch PVC cut 5 5 foot sections and then you’ll need 8 at 22
and a half and then two little pieces that you’ll use to put on the very ends
they can be probably 2 or 3 inches you should have one long piece left over and
we’re gonna use that to make some slide locks to hold your plastic on so I just
wanted to show you the difference in the wall of half-inch PVC one is a lot
thicker than the other when I make slip joints I like to use the thinner walled
stuff it’s a little bit more flexible and it does go over the other PVC better
but when I make the rest of the frame I do like thick walled stuff because it’s
a lot more rigid and it just tends to be a lot more sturdy ok when we make
our slide locks and probably make about 20 or as many as you can get out of the
entire stick depending on how much how much you want the slide locks to hold the
plastic on I’m gonna probably make about fifteen or twenty myself so the easiest
way to do that mark out an inch and a half figure out where that’s gonna come
on to the saw blade there and then actually mark it on the table and that
way after you cut your first one you can just slide the next or you can slide the
PVC up to that mark and it’ll already be marked for you okay and then after you
do that you just need to cut some of this plastic out just wanted to kind of
show you how these slip joints work this is my other bed that I just finished
yesterday so when you put your plastic on that
would just slip over the plastic and hook it holds it in place
you make several of them you can go over this whole hoop okay now that you’ve got
all your PVC cut you can lay it out flat like this all your five inch strips (or)
your five foot strips five of them will go this way twenty two and a halfs will go this way in between two of the corners right here right here we’ll have
a 90 degree elbow tee– tee– tee– and then tees all the way across up top then your
two small pieces will go here and here and then your threaded
couplings will go on the very ends take your glue and get them all glued
together and then I like to let it sit for a couple of hours just to make it
make sure it’s good and dry before I put it together because you do have to bend
it you have to bend it pretty good to get it to sit on there and if any of
that glue is wet or just not completely dry you know it’ll weaken it and since
you’re running water through it you want to be as strong as possible okay I’ve let this set up for a couple
hours now and I should be good in sturdy I’m gonna go put this inside the hoop
house okay it’s a little breezy out here but make sure when you put this in here
that the part with threaded sides is in the back
basically the hinge side and then we’re gonna take these half inch conduit
clamps and they’re gonna go just like this over that with your inch and a
quarter screw and we’re gonna put them right down onto this frame right on top
of it and then you actually want to wrap it around the frame and I’ll show you
what I’m talking about here in a second okay so there’s a close-up of the strap
front part I just go in the top the back part I just push push back around and
put a screw through there it makes it really sturdy now this next
part might be a little tricky by myself I’ll probably recommend having some help
because we’re going to take the next thing I do is just give this a
pressure test before I put any holes in it for the self watering that means you
need to do some kind of combination to get from your coupler that’s threaded
into a hose they kind of see what I did here
mine’s actually kind of cobbled up together because it was just parts that
I had laying around so I wanted to use those and then I did the same thing on
the other side and I’m actually gonna connect two beds so I’ll probably make
something that can go for from each footing or each fitting of a hose so
next we just need to drill some holes in the PVC you can kind of strategically
place those for whatever you’re gonna put in your beds I’m gonna put a timer
on mine so it will just water itself every day and then I’ll blow it out in
the winter time so it doesn’t freeze and then it’ll be ready for summer again
drill bit on there my drill now I’m just gonna poke some holes in this PVC and we
turn the water on it’ll act as an irrigation system okay let’s let er rip there you go self watering put that on a timer the water like that
every day keep all your plants nice and wet
alright looks like I’m ready to plant this is retired at 40 signing off
remember to live life simple we’ll see you next time

29 thoughts on “ORGANIC GARDENING–DIY 💧SELF WATERING💧 Hinged Low Tunnel Hoop House

  1. My husband and I had just sat down tonight to plan a garden out together. I was searching for tips and found this and shared it with him, hoping to inspire his inner DIYer! He was really impressed and so was I! Cant wait to watch your other videos!! Keep it up😊🌱

  2. Hi, Great Vid… How much did all those parts cost you? I'm wondering if that costs less thank buying some drip system or soaker hose? and adding those to your garden bed?

  3. Could u show or explain how u put the plastic on ,i tried it and used clamps to hold it on but the ends were the plastic came down was really bulky, wondering how u did it? Also i live in central Tx were it is 32 degrees to 61 degrees during the winter all in one day.Do u open yours up when it warms up during the day? Do u staple your plastic to the frame making it permanently attached or do u attach it with clamps so u can roll it up to let air in and be able to also remove it to add insect row cover or shade cloth at another time during your warmer growing season? Why do u put a hose at the other end ?, not sure I understand why u need 2 hoses.

  4. When building this did you put any thought into how long you expect your raised bed planter and system to last? how much water would you estimate it takes to prime your system before it starts to spray water ?

  5. Thank you for this video, I was looking for self water garden and most I found is to complicated and cost for me.
    Your pan is just what I need just right! Keep up the good work

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