Saturday, August 10, 2013

Building a Greenhouse

When I set out on this project, I never thought it would take as long as it did. This is one of the first pictures I have of the process. You can see the gas and power lines have been cut in, and the parts are out of the box. This was Dec 2011.

This is May 2012. You can See the box is built, a liner is in and a drain system is started to be laid out. The posts in the foreground are a sink top on the right and a shelf-heater unit on the left.

This is the end of May 2012. The gravel is in the box and you can see the Bobcat I rented gave the yard a bit of a beating.

This is more progress toward the end of May. It is starting to look like a greenhouse at this point.

This is the start of June 2012. You can see the benches are starting to be built. You can see part of the shade tent the plants were in in the right lower part of the photo.

Mid June and we have a door and an end wall. The benches are close to ready for bench tops.

Another end wall goes up.

After this we have a lapse in photos. Several reasons, first my phone which I had been taking pictures with died. Second, my second kid arrived on the scene.

The greenhouse got finished just in time for the cool fall in this part of Virginia. Then came winter. And snow.

You might notice the well worn path in the snow. That was made about 3 AM when we lost power. An eventuality I should have planed better for but did not. The only option was to haul all the plants inside or let them die in a 20 degree greenhouse with no heat. 

That gets us to current day. If I can continue to motivates I will post picture of the greenhouse as it is today. That is, if anyone is still out there. A layoff of years may be more than this blog can take.



  1. You write, we read. I have a Southern Burner that doesn't depend on electricity, even for the thermostat.

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