Friday, May 17, 2019

NEW Greenhouse is Done!

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~Spring is elusive in the Midwest~

Hubby finished the greenhouse with a little help from a friend and took some photos for me to share. I still can't get out and about---and probably won't for a month. He moved our plants out there yesterday before the bad storms hit the Chicago area, again.

My last few posts have been on the disaster our ruined purchased greenhouse suffered, but we are resourceful and decided to take the metal frame and build around it with wood and corrugated clear panels. 

Hubby found out that cutting the poly panels with a shears was easier than with saws. The hardest construction issue was drilling holes in the metal frame to bolt the wood too. Technically this entire structure is removable, piece by piece. 





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Today is in the low fifties, so the plants are quite happy inside their new home. I can't wait to use this in the Fall to prolong our growing season.


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The windows open from the outside, except for the door and the sash frame in the back.

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The metal on the bottom is to fight the snow we have in the winter...hubby designed his own flashing from some leftover roof flashing that he bent to fit the ledge over the ledge above the corrugated metal. 

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He used a screen storm door for the entrance. The long flip out windows are basement storm windows with screens on the inside.





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once all the trim is painted brown..I hope to do some cute stuff on the outside and inside. I have lots of vintage goodies that will work.

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Here you can see the backside. The space behind is actually a utility easement of 6 feet, Nothing permanent can be placed there.

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The wood shelves are from our old greenhouse. 
This building is 8x10 now and very high, more than enough room for us to plant.
We have a sink in here that will be hooked up by hose--and drain into the garden. We will put a moveable drain hose to direct the outflow where we want it to go.

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Finally the garden is coming to life. These photos were taken on May 15--and we are so far behind again this year.



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We had a couple of inches of rain yesterday---so the garden won't get tilled until it dries out-again. 
I hope Hubby got all the equipment put away.  

I will post a list of materials and midwest prices, once Hubby gets it done! PS the frame from the defunct company I can't put a price on, original greenhouse was over $450.00. I'm sure this will last a lot longer than a year now!



Maybe something with a lemons theme for here...
SMILES...In our Lemonade Greenhouse.
HOW's YOUR SPRING LIST COMING??? 








9 comments:

  1. How cute!A sweet lemonade green house!I looove it!

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    1. Thank you=---I haven't even out there in it, yet, since the knee issue. I can't wait to cute it up! I may have to do a lemon theme...LOL.

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  2. I have always wanted a Greenhouse or Conservatory! That looks fantastic, is it a She Shed or is he allowed in there too? *Winks*

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    1. Golly, Dawn, I haven't even been in it because of the knee. I'm trying to figure out how to use it in the Fall season to grow peas and greens...or at least extend our pepper season. He loves it, as he can stand up straight and turn around without crashing into things. The old one was pretty small. In your climate--I would think it would get too hot---on a sunny 50 degree day here, we've already reached 82 degrees.

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  3. What I would do to have something like this in my yard! This is fantastic, Sandi and one of my favorite backyard greenhouses. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Talk Of The Town party! Pinned 😊

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    1. Thank you Marie---I'm still trying to figure out how to do your water feature from our roof drains, LOL. Amazing what lemons can make you do--. Thanks for the visit and the compliments for Hubby!

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  5. How wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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