- Aug 6, 2017
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- Stroudsburg, PA
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MoonShadows submitted a new Showcase Item:
Read more about this showcase item here...I've wanted a greenhouse for quite some time, and it wasn't until I had a "side line" website selling yard structures (gazebos, patio covers, carports and greenhouses) that I decided to buy one myself. I bought one made by the Sunshine Gardenhouse company out of Washington State, USA. It is one of their Mt. Rainier Series measuring 8' x 16' and made from Redwood with Polycarbonate Panels. At it's peak, it is 10' tall, has two Dutch Doors and two Roof Vents. As a retailer (drop shipper) for them, I was able to get it for wholesale.) You can read more about the structure here at http://www.gardenhouse.com/greenhouse-kits/mt-rainier-group/.
While it is well-made and I have enjoyed this greenhouse for the past 2 years, if I knew then what I know now, I probably would have gone a different route. I really wanted the greenhouse to extend our growing season in the Fall right up to the very cold weather and start off as early as I could in late Winter again...in other words, at least a 10 month greenhouse. Unfortunately, I really knew very little about greenhouse insulation and heating and taking advantage of solar energy and thermal mass. As a result, I have started making many modifications as you will see in this showcase, and will continue to make modifications as time goes on.
I'll start off with the original preparation and building, then move to what I have done/am doing to use this greenhouse over more months.
Here is a picture taken this past Summer, just so you can see the finished structure. You can see how the redwood is slowly turning a silvery-gray as it weathers. We decided to let it do that rather then sealing it, which would have to be repeated every few years.
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But let's start at the beginning.....
We started by digging out the foundation. You can see in this picture the 6 x 6's that were to be the foundation.
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And, laying down a bed of screenings (finely crushed rock and rock dust)
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And because we started so late in the season, and one thing led to another, that all we got done in the Summer of 2015. So, our chickens decided to make this dirt pile one of the favorite hangouts. Here is a picture of what the area looked like come Spring of 2016....a bit of a mess!
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So, we started moving the dirt away, laying and leveling the...