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What are the inner diameters of our bows?

Non-swaged bow 17 gauge 1.2" or approximately 1 13/64". Swaged bow 17 gauge .92" or approximately 59/64". Non-swaged bow 14 gauge 1.15" or 1 1/8". Swaged 14 gauge .85 or approximately 27/32".

Crop Protection AND Season Extension

Anyone that has owned a tunnel knows how it is truly versatile. Especially if you have a farm you know that a tunnel can be used for growing and propagating, but also for animal protection, implement protection or tractor storage. But when it comes to growing plants tunnels are great at extending your growing season,…

What are the dimensions of the Zipper Door End Wall Kit?

You will receive the Zipper Door End Wall as a 11.5-ft tall and 17-ft wide sheet of tarp-like material. This kit is compatible with the 14-ft and 16-ft wide caterpillar tunnels. The door itself is 7x7

How Do I Square My Land For a Tunnel?

To square the area for your new tunnel we will use the 3-4-5 method which is based on the mathematical formula called Pythagorean Theorem (a2 + b2= c2). While this method uses 3ft-4ft-5ft as its reference you may also double or triple the numbers to get the same result. For example, 3-4-5ft can also be 6-8-10ft or 12-…

Should I Use More Than One Purlin?

When we think about caterpillar tunnels we think of temporary or movable structures that can be used for multiple things on a farm. While they are an inexpensive way to cover crops and animals or store equipment they do have their limitations. Most caterpillar tunnels have one center purlin for strength at the apex of…

When and How To Clean Your Tunnel Plastic

Depending on the placement of your tunnel, you may need to clean your tunnel plastic every so often. This is pretty simple but will require a bit of "elbow grease” if you are removing sap, dirt, or algae. However, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing a method of cleaning. **Do not use blea…

Flower & Vegetable Temperature Guide

There are so many species of flowers and vegetables that it is sometimes difficult to remember the specific temperature tolerances of each plant, especially when you are new to gardening. These charts should prove helpful in not only planting and harvesting, but also what temperature different plants prefer or don't p…

Should I take my tunnel down in winter if not in use?

From time to time customers ask about tunnel maintenance in the winter when it is not being used for growing. This is a great question and the short answer is "it depends on your location and how much you want to work." Let's explain... _**LEAVING THE TUNNEL UP**_ There are several reasons why leaving a growing tunn…

What are the specs on your caterpillar tunnel plastic?

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Can I use the Pyroweeder in a Caterpillar Tunnel or hoop house?

Yes. Ventilation is recommended. It will get steamy hot inside and fumes will need to be vented. A final caveat is care around the edges and end of tunnel. One way to mitigate this concern is to roll up the sides and place plywood as a heat barrier on the ends.

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