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Comment by Gary A. Kimmons on March 12, 2012 at 7:59am

Hi Bill.  It sure was good to see you!  It was not a problem on the time; you just caught me being lazy.  Cheri says she sure wishes I wasn’t sooooo lazy all of the time?!  Thanks on the greenhouse compliment.  It's just a basic homemade unit that most anyone can do with a little determination.  It sure gives me a lot of enjoyment playing around out there.  I’ll probably stop by this week to fetch home some of them artichokes to start in my garden and see how your garden is looking.  Thanks for not poking fun at my mess out back!  See ya soon.

Comment by Bill Buron on March 11, 2012 at 7:23pm

Gary it was good getting with you this past weekend.  You have a very nice greenhouse and looks like you have big plans for this years garden.  Sorry for the early arrival, hope your wife didn't get to upset

Comment by Bill Buron on March 7, 2012 at 8:10pm

Gary the picutres are great.  I still need to get by when your are home to see it first hand

Comment by Gary A. Kimmons on March 1, 2012 at 9:17am

A friend and I were talking recently and the subject of greenhouses came up.  I mentioned I had built one a few years ago and I promised a couple of pictures for show and tell.  As it turned out the pictures I was thinking of were still on my old computer.  I finally got around to transferring some of them to the new computer so I thought I would share them with my friends at the Well Fed Neighbor Alliance.  As I mentioned I built the greenhouse the winter of 09/10.  It’s about half recycled deck material and half new.  It’s pretty easy to tell what is what.  The door came from the curb as it was sitting out with the trash.  For full disclosure, I always ask permission before I scavenge materials.  It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

 

The size of the greenhouse is only six feet wide by eight feet long.  I made it with the intent of cutting glass to fit in the wood.  That’s not working out so well because I soon found out cutting old glass isn’t as easy as it may sound, at least not for me.  I then decided to use plastic which you see in the picture.  From my experience please do not waste your time and money on the box store construction grade plastic.  Buy “greenhouse” plastic.  It’s made for that application and is basically the same cost.  Also, greenhouse plastic is more translucent and lasts much longer.

 

In hindsight; instead of trying to make the greenhouse look more store-bought, I should have designed it around the salvaged windows I had on hand. Anyway, I hope if any of you out there are thinking about doing something like this, you will be encouraged by mine.  If I can do it!  You can do it!  And last, thank you Bill Buron for your advice in this project.

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