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With the weather starting to give way to fall I'm trying to figure out which direction I want to go. I don't really know what would be possible to grow in a true "greenhouse" as opposed to a "hoop-house". I know a greenhouse would stay warmer in the winter but would it be warm enough to grow any summer vegetables if I were willing to add heat? (I'm in zone 7A btw)
As of right now I think I like the idea of being able to take the plastic off the hoop-house for growing during the summer but perhaps there are some vegetables that would still do better in a greenhouse during summer?

Here is a greenhouse that I am currently interested in - if anyone has any experience with that manufacturer feel free to give me your thoughts.

If anyone knows of a very reasonably priced hoop-house feel free to let me know.
 

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The "big" difference between that greenhouse and a hoop house is really only the wall material. The polycarbonate panel SHOULD last 8-10 years where typical heat-shrink hoop house plastic will last 3 or 4 years.

You can grow veggies all year round in a greenhouse but that requires that you heat it. The model you linked to isn't really big enough to put a heating system in to. For all practical purposes, without heat, it is functionally equal to a hoop house. And if you were to heat it, is it worth heating a completely un-insulated building? It's gonna be a lot cheaper to just go buy veggies.

As far as what you can grow, you can grow the same items in either. I just use mine to extend my seasons. My season in the open garden beds is May-Oct. With the hoop house I can add an extra month on to both ends of that easily.

I built a 10' x 24' hoop house using a kit from Colorado Metal Worx and I bought one of their tubing benders.,

Once you have those you use chain 1 3/8" link fence top rails that you buy locally to bend your hoops. Then order your shrink wrap to cover. Total cost on mine was about $600 and would be lower on the next one because I already have the bender and shrink wrap.
 

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Hmm think I'm starting to lean toward creating a hoop house. I like the idea of being able to remove the plastic in the late spring/early summer and leave the rest of the structure in place.. so I don't lose the square footage in the garden.

Do you have any feelings on using EMT conduit for the frame? I only ask b/c my neighbor already has a bender I could borrow at no cost.

Down here in zone 7A we have essentially zero snow load and my property is cutout of a fairly dense woods so there's no real wind to speak of.
 

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EMT is slightly lighter weight material than the chain link top rail but it will work. If you don't have the snow load to deal with, it probably wouldn't be a problem. I've seen some made out of PVC pipe too.
 
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