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Greenhouses: ??'s, $$, ..........Help!

June 7th, 2007 at 11:27 am

We're seriously looking at adding a greenhouse to the back forty here and seem to be collecting more questions as we go along. Fortunatly, we have the luxury of time as it is just now heading into summer in our garden.. Won't need the greenhouse til the fall/winter season.

Historically, our area has greenhouses on special at our 'fair time', which is late August/September, so we're hoping to know what we're doing by then. No point in negotiating a good price if we have no idea what we're shopping for.

With all that in mind, I'm asking for some help here from anyone who has had or currently has a greenhouse.
1) Any tips in general for me?
2) What do you really love about the set up you are working with?
3) What do you wish you had added to your set up?

We're getting ready to visit a local outlet for greenhouse kits and I feel like I'm so out of my element here. I've gardened, but never had a greenhouse. The more research I do on line, the longer my list of questions I have gets.

I do have the dimensions now laid out for a middle of the road sized set up...so we can get an idea of placement, sun exposure, etc. Also, thinking of clearing out the back access road to the place (currently the parking lot for all the relatives vehicles they want to 'save', as well as a couple dead items, camper, old truck, etc) so we can get the delivery truck in as well as a truck to deliver soil. No shortage of jobs around here, that's for sure!

Can't wait to get some of your advice on this new venture!

4 Responses to “Greenhouses: ??'s, $$, ..........Help!”

  1. scfr Says:

    YOU, our resident gardening expert extraordinaire, are asking US for gardening advice? Hahahahaha!

  2. contrary1 Says:

    Yes, absolutely. I've gardened quite a bit, but never had the luxury of a greenhouse. I can see one in the not too distant future here........and I have no idea what I'm getting in to.

    Plus, I've seen many greenhouses sitting in yards, with no activity. No idea why. Don't want to make any mistakes & get something we don't/can't use for any reason.

    Plus..........the older I get, the more I understand how little I know about gardening (or anything else for that matter) Smile

  3. Peter Simpson Says:

    Do not build a conventional greenhouse if you live in a northern area with anything like a winter. Look into a solar design with a double glazed angled southern alignment and a heavily insulated north facing side. Its a little more complicated than that but lots of info on the web about heat accumulation and retention. For glass use redundant glass sliders of the wood surround kind with no E or ultra violet protection - glass installers throw them away into land fills by the hundreds - I have 12 of them given to me free 6' 6" x 2' 8".

  4. VicinSea Says:

    Greetings from another PNW gardener. My first green house in Seattle cost me about $20. I made arches out of bamboo(growing in my yard), used wire ties to hold them together and covered the whole thing with 4 mil plastic. I did this in that nice period we usually get in February and had lettuce a foot tall by March 1st. In our area it is possible to garden nearly year round with minimal cover and protection...YaY!

    This year I scored 3 skylights to use for cold-frames but it hasn't been nearly as good as my cheapo-greenhouse.
    Good luck and have fun!

    http://vicinsea.blogspot.com/

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