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Now that temperatures are dropping, it's time to put your garden to bed. Here's how to make your own hoop house covers for your garden.

Most regions require a light- or medium-weight polypropylene or polyester fabric, found in local garden shops or online at johnnyseeds.com.

1. Cut three 6-foot lengths of ½-inch flexible PVC pipe with handheld cutters (adjusting for the height of your crops).

2. Screw ½-inch C-clamps at opposite points on the interior wall of beds, spaced every 2 feet. Insert pipe pieces into C-clamps, creating a hoop.

3. Cover hoops with fabric or plastic, clamping it tightly onto the pipes. On bright, warmer days, pull back the covers to give plants a chance to soak up the sun and to prevent overheating.

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