Sunday, November 22, 2009

Greenhouse Project: My Back

While I can assure you that my back is perfectly fine (at the moment!) I do need to have some work done on the back of the greenhouse shed. A few more things have been accomplished since my last greenhouse update but there are always more tasks to tackle (it seems like I've said that before). Since last time I've fitted a door and two windows on hinges. I also put together a moving wall that will match up with the back door to create a double door for the mowers to come through after use. When I don't need to bring out the mowers I will be able to come in through the back door by just going through the one single door on the left. Once it's all put together I'll show you in detail how it will work.





This is the southernmost side of the greenhouse which is where most of the winter light will fall. A good portion of it will come through on the western side which is where the big windows were. Our reason for positioning it this way is party aesthetic and partly function. For aesthetics we wanted to lessen the impact by having the short side of the structure the most visible. For function it had to fit the location and 16 feet back fit better than 16 feet side to side. There is also a small drainage gully that I needed to avoid and the greenhouse had to fit in the boundaries.

I'll be adding a ventilation window in the gable area before we completely close up the gables. I'll rig the window so that it will move on hinges and eventually (as funds become available) I hope to add an automatic opener for it. There area  couple kinds of openers that look pretty good one kind uses solar and the other uses a fluid system (see picture on the left from Gardener's Supply Company). The fluid system is pretty interesting. When the temperature reaches between 65-80 degrees F it expands to let out hot air from the greenhouse.

Most of my plant related activities will take place on the southern western and western sides of the greenhouse while the southeastern portion will be the storage area. I haven't designated the northeastern area yet but it may become a shade corner for those plants that enjoy a little less light!

I can't wait to start using this thing!

Still to do on the greenhouse:
  • Add doors on front.
  • Finish wall/door on back.
  • Enclose gables with appropriate locations for windows.
  • Siding, Siding, Siding. 
  • Fix locks and latches on windows and doors.
  • Insulate, caulk, paint/stain outside.


8 comments :

  1. That's the same hinge I have on my cold frame. I bought it from a local company. They work very well, I'd recommend them.

    Looks GREAT!

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  2. Dear Dave .. I am totally impressed with how you are coming along with this green house !
    I would love to have the room for this .. goodness I would love to have the proper garden this could grace .. it would make getting through our winters so much easier and so satisfying .. you are going to have a blast using this !
    Joy : )

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  3. It is looking fantastic. I am most impressed.

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  4. Party on the south side! Sorry I couldn't resist. This is just going to be wonderful Dave, you are thinking of every way to make this the best greenhouse/shed ever! The things you are going to be able to grow in there. You need to come and take cuttings from the Fairegarden! :-)
    Frances

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  5. Dave,
    This is looking great and so little left to do. That brace in the door way I guess it is not needed anymore. If it is you did something wrong...

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  6. Susy,

    Thanks! I'm glad it works well. It's rated for about 15 pounds which should easily cover the window I intend to use.

    Joy,

    I really can't wait. I was hoping to do some more work on it today but the weather and a head cold have kept me indoors.

    Thanks Tina!

    Frances,

    I'd be more than happy to take a few cuttings from your garden! I just need to time a trip to East TN for the Spring...

    Randy,

    Thanks! The brace is there for a door I'm piecing together. The door is like a swing out gate but it will be covered with siding to hide it. It needs that brace to keep from dropping down too much. I'll be adding a couple more braces to frame it out better soon.

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  7. Hope you feel better soon Dave. The shed sure is looking good. I can just imagine the the rooting that will be going on.

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  8. Dave, It looks wonderful! gail

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