My New Green House

Walk-In Green House

We lucked out and had a wonderful Saturday this last weekend even though rain was in the forecast.  I took advantage of the sunshine and spent as much of the day as I could outside.  This was a special day for me because after years of dreaming about and studying different green house designs and trying to decide what I should buy and what I could afford, I decided to try out this simple and inexpensive design that I found at Fred Meyer this month.  I was looking for a green house that filled the following criteria, and this one certainly did:

1. Roomy but compact enough to fit on my raised beds
2. Easy and quick to assemble
3. Inexpensive (only $99.00 on sale)
4. Attractive
5. Shelves included
6. Durable (remains to be seen)
7. Question? How will it hold up in snow?  See my next post!

The best thing about this particular mini green house, other than cost, was that it was so easy to put up.  It took me less than an hour and a half to assemble the frame, and that included taking a coffee break and baking brownies with my son.   There is nothing I hate more than having to assemble furniture, but this was so easy that instead of calling this green house  “Garden Walk-in Greenhouse”  I would call it “Garden Walk-in Greenhouse for Dummies”!  It was so easy that it was actually fun and put me in a good mood.

 After finishing the frame on my deck, I easily carried it myself to my raised beds.  I think it weighs about 20 pounds at the most.  After I situated it where I wanted it, I easily slipped the cover over the frame.  I made sure to have post ready to stake the frame down before slipping the cover over it just in case a gust of wind should sweep in and carry it away.  I will get longer stakes later since the dirt in my beds is so loose that the stakes could easily get pulled up by a strong wind. If I were staking it into hard ground then regular tent stakes would work fine.

 

 

For the last 12 years I’ve been saving every pot I’ve ever bought a plant in to prepare for the day I could use them for propagation should I ever get a green house, so I’ve got a couple hundred small pots that I will clean up and then fill with starter soil.  A gal at Jerry’s recommended Whitney Farms Seed Starting Mix, so that’s what I will be using for propagating my plants. It’s not organic, but I’ll let it slide this year.  Instead of buying a bunch of plastic trays to place the pots in, I’ll also use alluminum food trays I got from a client who would have just thrown them away after their catered events.   As always, I like to find as many uses as possible for objects that might otherwise be recycled or thrown into the landfill.

 My plan is to try to propagate as many of my own plants as possible this year.  I’ve never done this before, so I’m very excited.  I know it seems unbelievable that after 12 years of gardening that I’ve barely dabbled in propagation, but it’s just one of those things that got shoved aside year after year. Each year there is so much to do and so many new projects to start and things to learn about gardening and backyard farming that it was always just so much easier to buy plants.  I’m motivated now to learn how to successfully propagate my own plants not only to save money, but also to develop the knowledge so that I can grow my own garden from start to finish should plant supplies be limited in an uncertain future.  Ultimately, I want to learn how to save all my seeds too, so this first step is just the beginning of the entire process: propagation, transplanting, growing, cultivating, harvesting and then finally saving seeds and storing and preserving foods from the garden.

Well, a few hours after this post was finished, it started to snow.   See my next post to see how my green house held up under the snow pack the next day.  One person’s winter wonder land can turn into a winter nightmare for others.

The fun never ends!

 

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