Greenhouses anyone?

milkmansdaughter

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Hi All, I was wondering if anyone else has greenhouses for the winter?
I've got 4 of various sizes. Anyone else growing veggies indoors this winter?
 

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I have one...I keep exotic or tropical plants in it for the winter. There is a furnace and auto watering system. In the summer most of the plants go outside into the gardens or on patios.

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It is 15X26. We cover itt with 2 layers of plastic to hold in some of the heat. It is now running for 30 years. We love it. In the past we had a table and chairs in there and had brunches with friends....fun days...
 

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We've got 4 small ones. We built three of the 4 ourselves. The biggest is 12x16, and is half filled with a neighbors deck plants for the winter. The second is 8x8. Then 2 small ones 5x 5 and 4x4. (The 5x5 is a little pop up one that I bought on clearance several years ago and am just now using. the the others we built ourselves.) The wood was all used and was free to us, so our only investment was time, staples, a few screws and plastic. We just finished them all this last week, but I've got several tomato plants, dill,
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deck plants, and the olive tree in the big one, a calamondin lime tree and mint in the 5x5, tomatoes and basil and oregano in the 4x4. The 8x8 is the kids and will have flowers and anything they want to grow. We don't have any fans or watering systems set up, but they'll keep stuff from freezing, and it really gets nice and warm in them during the daytime.
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One of my husband's buddies is a carpenter so we made a deal with him last year (barter and trade, not cash!) to build this greenhouse for us:

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http://www.ana-white.com/2012/05/plans/barn-greenhouse

We changed the orientation of the roof panels to allow for better rain runoff and added a door and shelves. It's working great!
 

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I have a greenhouse, but it is not set up yet. To do so, I have to take down a fence that I am still using, cut a few trees, take out the stumps and machete hack out a snarl of green briars. So it's not on my #1 list...... but I found a good deal on it and snagged it. it is a high tunnel type, maybe 30-40 feet long and got it on Craigslist for $50.
 

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Mine was only $200. way back then. but I did guy a half greenhouse, being all glass like the large one, for $175 about 7 years ago. I have that attached to my house on the cement patio off the kitchen. Ya just have to be willing to do the work to rebuild and make it workable. Most of what I did was used. Cement block foundation, furnace, exhaust fans, electric and even the shade cloth and slider door. Now that it is all established I have added or replaced new items for the old...
 

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This was my redneck greenhouse at our old house. PVC frame, plastic and duct tape, took the plastic off in the spring. My husband had a fit the first year, it was in the front yard right by the front door. But red vine ripened tomatoes all winter made him a redneck greenhouse convert.

I wish I had one now!
 

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Don't really need a green house here . But, I'd LOVE a screen house. I might actually get to harvest a tomato if I could keep the stinkin' stink bugs off of 'em...
 

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Nope but I will be watching. We do plan to build one... Someday... But I don't know how far into winter it would actually work for us up here.

You may enjoy reading books by Eliot Coleman, he of the four season harvest fame. He lives in Maine and does organic gardening all year round. Here's a vid of his....

 

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Cool our town library has that one. I'm going there tomorrow anyway, I'll have to grab it!
 
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