Grow a Super Garden with Super Hoops
Super Hoops and Seasonal Row Covers Protect Plants from Pests and Weather
Super Hoops have always been a favorite of avid gardeners. We have brought them back to our lineup because more gardeners are learning how useful garden fabrics can be.
Super Hoops — it’s a dramatic name for a simple product. But when you consider 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, these garden challenges — and more — can be addressed in a simple, non-chemical way: by protecting 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-wire 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.
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.
Super Hoops Through the Seasons
Simply set up the hoops in early spring, and attach the different types of garden fabric as you need them through the seasons:
- GardenQuilt Fabric provides frost and cold protection down to 24 degrees F. By covering beds with this extra-thick material you can start your early-season crops weeks ahead of time and protect early transplants from chilly, drying winds.
- All-Purpose Fabric provides frost protection down to 28 degrees F. More lightweight than the GardenQuilt Fabric, it’s ideal for covering warm-season crops if a late frost threatens and for protecting transplants from pounding spring rains. In cool-weather areas, it can also be used as a summertime pest control.
- Summerweight Fabric is the best choice for season-long pest control. It allows a full 85% light transmission for healthy growth while effectively screening out insect pests, from tiny flea beetles to cabbage butterflies looking for a place to lay their eggs (which would quickly hatch into hungry cabbageworms), and everything in between. Because it’s so lightweight, there’s less heat build-up than with heavier fabrics.
- Shade Net lets you grow cool-season crops into summer by shading out about 50% of the summer sun while allowing air to circulate freely. Shade netting is ideal for extending the harvest of lettuce, which gets bitter and bolts to seed in hot weather. Install Super Hoops with Shade Net over your cool-season fall crops to improve seed germination and protect transplants of from the late summer sun.
- Bird Netting keeps pesky birds from devouring berries or pecking tomatoes. In just a few hours a flock of birds can strip your entire strawberry bed. And why do birds take a beakful or two out of every ripe tomato instead of just eating one? With Super Hoops you’ll be prepared to cover plants before fruits ripen.
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.