Constructing a Temporary Greenhouse: Greenhouse

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Constructing a Temporary Greenhouse

By Bubbles
March 18, 2010

These instructions are for you to put away somewhere for fall. You know, after you buy all of those hibiscus and bananas and realize you don't have room to store them in the garage. If you're an engineer, do not read any further... This greenhouse is low-tech and designed to fit below the fence line if necessary, to appease one picky neighbor or an entire neighborhood association. You can make yours any length or height you prefer. I made mine rather long so that I could fit quite a few pots in. Well, honestly, I made it that long because my husband was out of town and I could! Mine was tall because I was covering some palms and large pots that I didn’t want to move.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 7, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Hurray! Wow, Sandi you just solved my problem on what to do with my young seedlings while I'm gone. I started them with Winter Sowing milk jugs. They have all taken off just in time to pot up (to cold yet to put in ground). My problem is where to put them to keep them safe. This will work. Hurray! Thank you so much for solving my problem. Big Grin
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 7, 2010 6:03 PM CST
so glad to help!
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 18, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Great info Sandi. The 1st year that I had a indoor seed starting lights & shelves was very exciting. I packed the seed starting trays in, with not an extra square inch. About a month before our average last frost, I had a bad situation. All the seedlings needed to be transplanted into bigger pots and I ran out of space indoors, under lights. My solution was: convert the kid's swingset into a temporary greenhouse. I bought vapor plastic and landscape ties from Home Depot and it worked out great. I used a little propane tent heater at night. All for under $50. It held up fine through a couple of snowfalls too. The next year, I got a hobby greenhouse.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 12:46 PM CST
Awesome Joanne.
That just gave me an idea on how I could overwinter my tender succulents. I could put that plastic over hoops placed in the cinder block raised beds. It would be a mini version of what you did in the above post. I could even place the frost protecting fabric over it during the really cold weather.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 12:55 PM CST
Love the idea of re-purposing a swing set, Joanne, and finding a spot to store the picnic table too! DH and I wonder if you possibly took a few minutes on that glider to admire all your seedlings?! You put a lot of work into your lovely garden and it shows. I enjoy your garden photos.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 4:11 PM CST
I agree
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 5:09 PM CST
Lynn, you have a lovely garden too!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Thank you Sandi. You are probably already gardening in your area?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 5:40 PM CST
We are. I took all the plumerias out of the garage today. It was 82 degrees at 5 PM! Supposed to rain tonight, but I don't think we'll get much. I'm not taking down the greenhouses out back just yet. Mother Nature like to play games with us until early April!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 5:44 PM CST
I am having growing season envy. It is back to low 30's at night, cloudy with a breeze and mid 40's during the day.
Just came in, it's trying to rain. I so want to work out in the yard.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 6:12 PM CST
Well, in July, remember that we'll be hiding inside because it'll be at least 100 during the days. When I look back at photos of the garden 5 years ago, I see plants that couldn't make it through the heat and have disappeared. We probably could have made it through the winter without covering plants this winter. It stayed fairly warm. I can only remember a couple of nights when it froze here, and that was just mild freezes.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 7:47 PM CST
Okay, I no longer have growing zone envy. : )
It has been a very mild winter here also. But we did have about two weeks of low 20's. No snow. Just cold and frozen.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 9:10 PM CST
If it snows here, all the schools close and they have to close the overpasses. Most of us don't know how to drive in it or on it! Guess I'll take the heat for now, but I would like some rain!!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 9:12 PM CST
We are suppose to get rain again later this week.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 9:26 PM CST
Okay, now you're braggin'!!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 9:31 PM CST
I wish I could find a way to send it your way Sandi. Our grounds is so saturated right now.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 18, 2013 9:47 PM CST
I have a very good friend who lives in Harbor, OR. She loves to tell me about her cool weather all the time. I remind her that I can see the sun. Whistling We humans are very adaptable!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 10:14 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
How silly I feel, sitting here laughing all by myself.
It's just the winter and spring months that we don't see much sun. the other half of the year there is lots of sun.

Oh I see where that is. Bet she gets a lot of fog? That is way down south and on the coast from me.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 18, 2013 11:14 PM CST
There wasn't much space to sit inside the swing greenhouse Hilarious!
I do hang out in my greenhouse that I have now. Even have a little folding chair in there. The days are still too short to start it up, but should get it up and running in about 2 weeks. By then we will be at 11 hour days.

It's been quite mild temps here. We went up to our farm in NE Alberta on the weekend. Forgot to put new batteries in the thermostat and the worst happened. The furnace did not come on since the stat was not functioning. We will have some plumbing repairs. Also, there was such a big wind, it blew the front door open. I had a stack of chair in front of it, so it was only opened about an inch. The wind storm was in October and it has been near -40º. Fortunately the screen door kept the snow out. I am not looking forward to the heating bill.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2013 11:21 PM CST
Oh brrrrrr. So glad it was only the plumbing. No bears, etc using it. Blinking

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