wanted to have my very own greenhouse.
"Oh Hon, won't it look so pretty in the garden?"
Don't you tell me you don't think the same thing!
So, TWO YEARS AGO (that's right....TWO) in the fall, we ordered a little
polyurethane windowed 8x6 ft greenhouse for a "steal" online at Home Depot.
Half Price no less.
My hubby, Dan, took time away from his laborous, daily chores last spring to
set a base for it. It started out being patio stones the neighbour gave us,
embedded in a gravel base on a slight mound in the front unfinished side of the garden.
Then, when Dan was attempting (with my feeble help and a bit of the neighbour's)
to set up the greenhouse, he realized that he needed a wooden base to attach it to
properly. We thought the 18x24" patio slabs would do the trick and drain into
the gravel beneath, however, he couldn't seem to get it square onto that
platform, so off to the lumber yard and back with a wee deck platform to build!
He spent DAYS building this silly greenhouse structure and lots of cursing!
Probably would have been easier for him to make it from old windows! Eek!
Enter....the first windstorm!
Well, to be honest, he'd been having a problem getting the one window in on one side
and it wasn't very firmly in there, soooo.....almost half the windows blew out.
A very dangerous thing to happen as one of them actually billowed out over
the fence and flew over the highway to the yard on the other side of the street.
We are so lucky it didn't land on someone's vehicle!
Some of the slats for holding the windows in were bent out of shape and as
a result, we got on the phone to Home Depot to order more and get this....
We had to wait almost 2 months for them to be delivered from (Are you ready for this?)
So now, it's too late to start stuff inside the greenhouse at this point last year.
It sat barren and unused throughout the summer and still broken since it
really wasn't a priority anymore right?
He fixed the windows near the end of last summer, but low and behold, over the
winter another windstorm set a couple of the panels sailing around our yard.
Yesterday.....he fixed it up once and for all!
And then there's me...."Can I hold the ladder for you?", "Do you want me to go inside
the greenhouse and push against the slats?", "Are you okay?".
Then....forget it...I'll just do a photo shoot! hahaha!
a swing up window for ventilation. He moved that over yesterday from the other
side of the shed after we realized the wind comes mostly from the other side and
might catch it and rip it off. That would be shocking...NOT!
Try not to look at the actual yard here....this side of our garden is a work in progress and has had all the plants ripped out of it, so is now a mess of weeds and muck.
I'll get to the hole in the fence in just a moment.
This is the only photo I had yesterday of these low tables outside the greenhouse.
Last year, Dan made these by putting chickenwire on frames and painting the frames.
They go inside my greenhouse to hold and allow drainage of plants.
Oh no! It's way too hot inside!
Dilemma one: How to cool it down so that the temperature stays around 81F for
Well....first, we opened the roof vent window and the door.
That brought it down from 118.04F to about 114.44F.
Do I want to burn my plants out?
Good thing I purchased that Greenhouse Shade.
shade to easily use inside the greenhouse at my whim.
There was no way to attach it at the top of the peak inside other than to undo
the screws and install it permanently onto the inner peak. So fine. We do that.
Then, although they give you these little "twist and attach to the inside strip" things, that are fairly easy to use, there's nothing to hold it onto the ends of the inner greenhouse. Think, Wendy, think!
Aha! I used two-way No More Nails tape and velcro. I attached a piece at
the framing on each end and one to the actual blanket.
(yes, I know there's more shading at the front than at the rear, but I truly didn't
want to ask Dan to straighten it out for me again just because I like everything
The great thing about this shade is I can put it to the other side of the greenhouse in
the morning and switch it over to this side again in the afternoon.
I just have to roll it up to the center if I want full heat...which shouldn't be a problem,
but will be I'm sure.
Did I mention this was a SAGA!
The temperature came down to about 105F with this blanket installed.
Not good enough.
About an hour later the temperature dropped to about 84F, however, the sun was gone
now and it's obviously going to keep dropping as the evening wears on.
My issue is now....I have to get my temperature regulated before I start any plants going in this new home. I wanted to see how low the temperature would drop inside at night and it went down to 46F...UGH! Tonight I'm going to put a heater inside that is temperature regulated and see if that does the trick for overnight.
(Not that I'm stupid enough to not know the temperature would drop overnight, I just wanted to see how low it would go after all that heat inside during the day.)
As you can see there are bins on the tables inside the
greenhouse. I've filled them with potting soil on the top 4" and rich loam we had
unused from last year on the bottom...in keeping with my "things grow better in
deeper containers" theory, but won't be planting anything until I get the
temperature on track.
Speaking with "Someone in the Know, who shall not be named", he told me that he doesn't even use his greenhouse because it's such a pain in the @#% and that for my little greenhouse, I might as well forget it because I need double thermal windows or
I'll be lost and nothing will work out.
So, my Greenhouse Hell has begun and I hope you'll enjoy laughing at my ridiculous
theories being incorporated into a cheap greenhouse.
Oh yah....the hole in the fence....
people are really dying to live next door so they can gawk in at our greenhouse!
Only at night though.....heehee.
The Greenhouse Saga is to be continued.....