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My greenhouse
#92107 February 11th, 2007 at 05:29 PM
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I got a greenhouse for my birthday last fall. After much research, I decided the best bang for my buck was to order the 10x12 greenhouse kit from harbor freight, and then put about $100 worth of upgrades into it to make it a more wind-proof and sealed greenhouse.

So far I am really happy with my choice!

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#92108 February 11th, 2007 at 05:40 PM
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A shot of what's been done inside so far...

(not much!)

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#92109 February 11th, 2007 at 05:57 PM
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Very nice Sarah. It is built right on the pea gravel or is there a concrete foundation under all that? And how do you have it anchored to the ground?

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#92110 February 11th, 2007 at 06:00 PM
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Each side is anchored to 4x4 treated wood, then all the pea gravel was placed.

No concrete, I want something that can drain quickly, and I've heard that by using pea gravel you can dramitically increase the humidity by watering down the gravel.

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#92111 February 11th, 2007 at 06:07 PM
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Makes sense. And if you have 4 inches of pea gravel in there, you have a great drainage system built right in. Looks awesome! I cannot see your 4x4s at all in the pics.

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#92112 February 11th, 2007 at 06:10 PM
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That was a lot of gravel to move. :p So far it's working out great, though...I'd do it again.

I'm hoping to get some beds built for it in the next week, then set up some shelves over the beds to hold the trays of seedlings until they can go outside.

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#92113 February 11th, 2007 at 06:13 PM
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Sounds like a plan! Are the beds you put in going to have a bottom so that the dirt is not sitting right on the gravel or are you going to bury them a bit into the gravel with the dirt right on top?

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#92114 February 11th, 2007 at 08:02 PM
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Here are my little seedlings.

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Zucchini, Squash, Cucumbers, and Herbs.

Under the cover is Tomatoes and peppers

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Here are Cailflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts.

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Here is the little room heater, and the humidifier.

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Here you can see the control for the Water Bed Heater.

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I stays above 40* and between 50 and 90% humidity.

I am still working building or buying a full size greenhouse.

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#92115 February 11th, 2007 at 08:15 PM
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Is yours what they would call a cold frame Pat?

I might just have space for something like that. Looks like that is all above ground. Which direction is it facing and would something like that work on the East side of a house? Or is that going to be too much shade?

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#92116 February 11th, 2007 at 09:19 PM
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It is built like a cold frame, but it has heat in it.
I have it facing south. I biult it from material left over from a house I tore down. It works good, but I still a full sized greenhouse so I can grow container citrus, and a Banana tree.

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#92117 February 11th, 2007 at 10:45 PM
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I think i posted these before, but i don't remember where....anyways first one is outside view
second is in....the shelves are made from a bi-fold closet door i found in the dumpster. i just covered it with the same plastic we make the greenhouse with every year. the whole thing knocks down to a 2' x 2' x 10' pile of supplies on a shelf in the garage. its really too hot here in the summer to leave a greenhouse up where we put this one on the south side of the house. it is connected by the kitchen window and the laundryroom door and encapsulates the hydrant for the backyard....mighty handy that! and the warm air circulates into the house through the kitchen window.
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#92118 February 12th, 2007 at 12:50 AM
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WOW, I'd love a greenhouse attached like that. Fresh veggies all winter long!

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#92119 February 12th, 2007 at 01:26 AM
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I have considered a 'lean to' style but don't have a place for it.

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#92120 February 12th, 2007 at 10:41 PM
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Interesting!
Look at all those vegetables you got growing!
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!!


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