All of our greenhouse kits are designed to provide you with the building supplies you need in the most economical way possible. While many of the greenhouse accessories and parts listed here are included in various kits they are cheaper when purchased as part of a kit. The kits also include all of the screws, nuts, bolts, and washers you will need for your greenhouse build.
This specialized tool is a must-have for driving ground posts for any greenhouse build. Made of heavy-duty steel, it protects your ground posts from mushrooming and other possible damage while pounding them in with a sledgehammer. This tool is included with all of our greenhouse kits. They are available in 2 sizes- 1 ⅝” and 2 ⅗”. Be sure to check that you have picked the compatible size for your project. Watch Step by Step Guide to Installing Ground Posts and Hoops for an overview of the process.
Here at Bootstrap Farmer, we carry three distinct styles of lock channel to fit your greenhouse building needs. All of our lock channels are made right here in Texas from recycled aluminum. It is sturdy enough to last for years while being flexible enough to follow the curve up and over your end wall hoops. All channels are 6.5 feet long and include free shipping.
Greenhouse inflation kits create an insulating layer of air between a double layer of poly plastic. This helps to reduce condensation and conserve the heat inside of the hoop house.
The second layer of greenhouse plastic is installed with lock channel and spring wire. The space between the two layers of plastic is filled with air using a simple air pump and outside air. Filling the space with air creates a pocket of insulation. This pocket of air acts as a barrier between the warmer air within your hoop house and the cooler air outdoors. Read more about adding a double layer in this article.
If you live in an area with high winds or snow loads, you may need additional purlins or a corner bracing kit. All of our large greenhouse kits, the 30' wide All-Metal kits, come with purlins, trusses, and corner bracing. Our Gothic style kits in 14' and 20' widths include purlins and corner bracing. Purlins and corner bracing are available as add ons to all of our other All-Metal kits. Small greenhouse kits like the 11'4" Gothic do not require additional bracing.
This End-Wall and Door Kit includes everything needed to install a door and door frame onto a hoop house or caterpillar tunneland include free shipping. This kit will also fit a gothic tunnel hoop. Read more about end wall construction in Building End Walls. For a visual tutorial check out this video.
Roll-up side kits are great for adding ventilation, preventing fungal growth, excess condensation, and increasing crop strength. Roll-up sides are also essential for pollinator access if you grow heirloom crops and other open-pollinated varieties. Each roll-up kit comes with everything you need for installation on both sides of the hoop house and include free shipping. This DIY Roll-Up Side Curtain Kit is designed to go with the DIY Greenhouse kits. The Sidewall Bundle for the All-Metal Kit is designed to go with the USA Made All-Metal Greenhouse Kits.
When selecting a plastic greenhouse covering, you should choose a thickness of at least 6 mil. This thickness is the benchmark standard set by the NCRS because it is meant to last 4 years or longer. There are other sizes available with more or less thickness, but 6 mil is the average thickness of a heavy-duty greenhouse film. We also offer woven greenhouse plastic, which is ideal for added light diffusion. Perfect for those in harsher climates who need strong, hail-resistant covering that still maintains poly coverings' flexible advantages. Shop all of our Greenhouse Plastics here.
Always a good idea to have some supply of this on hand. Little holes in greenhouse plastic from tools, branches, or rocks kicked up by machinery can become big holes in the wind quickly. Having repair tape on hand to take care of these immediately will keep your greenhouse covering going strong for longer. We offer repair tape for our 6 mil. plastic as well as woven repair tape for use with woven plastic.
We offer a range of heavy-duty, made in the USA, steel hoop benders. These are designed to help you create one of our DIY Hoop House Kits or any hoop structure you can dream up. To get an idea of how they work you can check out the instructions for use, our blog post on Bending Your Own Hoops, or the hoop bending YouTube videos for 4’ Hoops and 6’-20’ hoops.
Our plastic clamps for attaching coverings to EMT or PVC are built with metal reinforcement springs. They can be used in conjunction with our 4’ and 6’ benders to create quick and easy low tunnels from ½ inch or ¾ inch EMT with greenhouse plastic, frost blanket, insect netting, or shade cloth coverings for interchangeable row crop protection.
The practice of trellising indeterminate tomatoes in a hoop house allows vines to grow vertically. These vertical vines help keep the fruit cooler and up off the ground. Trellising makes vines easier to manage and harvest for an entire growing season while keeping the house’s pest and disease pressure to a minimum.
For trellising vining crops like tomatoes, we recommend using a ⅛”-¼” cable, hooks, and plant support vine clips. Check out Building Trellis for Indeterminate Tomatoes for more details on the installation and best practices.