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Name: Carol Texas
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Ecscuba
Feb 23, 2015 12:19 PM CST
We froze last night - and still only 33 here and drizzling. Had to work to get the door open to my 6 x 8 GH. Although I had heat on last night, was very low. Three 65 watt incandescents on and 3' T5 grow light and temp was running 48 this morning after heat turned off. Added mylar blankets around three corners - and the temp has jumped to 56.4. Not running heat until night when the lights all go off. Think I'll turn the heat up a bit tonight.

In the small pop up I have tented all the plants with mylar blankets and have two 65 watt incandescents in there. It's staying at 52 - no heater in there at all.

We have a couple days of this to go. Hope the pansies on the patio make it with just a sheet over them.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 23, 2015 12:40 PM CST
I have seen some of the video of central/west/southwest Texas' weather. Looks bad. We are supposed to get snow/ice later today and then another batch of it Wednesday. Bridges are our biggest problem here with freeze-ups every night now. We have had hundreds of accidents since you can't see the ice buildup. Sooner or later we HAVE to get some spring-like weather! Sighing! Just don't see any in site. Crying
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 24, 2015 11:36 PM CST
We don't get snow or ice but it's cold and raining. Highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. GH is staying 30 degrees above outside temp thanks to Ken's million dollar solar blanket idea. We have two small heaters in there and a fan. BUT, we just bought a new house so I'm facing moving the entire contents of the GH and the GH itself. As I heard someone else say, please pray, meditate, burn candles or dance naked in your greenhouse...anything you can do to help bring on some good juju and warm weather when we make the move!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 7:18 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. That was very nice to say, Holly.

I don't know if you will be getting similar weather as we here in Starkville, but it is supposed to begin sleeting then snowing this morning, and continue snowing until around midnight. Friday's and Saturday's lows are supposed to be 20F. Next week looks whole lot better though, with temperatures staying above 40F Monday-Wednesday with highs into the 60's and on Tuesday 72F. Whoopy! I can ship some plants. Hurray!
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 25, 2015 7:57 AM CST
Well...it's true. We've turned a $300 9'x15' "pop up" greenhouse into a fairly energy efficient tropical oasis with the blanket. Amazing. We can't wait to get in the new house and build a permanent structure.

This area doesn't get snow or ice. Just cold, wet mud which pretty much sums up today. I'm really worried about the move though. There are plants out there that I can't replace and I'm most worried about the staghorns and impatiens that have less tolerance for change in temp and humidity.

Hope it doesn't get too bad up there. I'm from Memphis so I know how a little bit of snow and ice can wreak total havoc.

Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 25, 2015 8:08 AM CST
We had sleet at 4:30 this morning. DH got up to check GH temps on patio and the little GH. Both were 48. Hoping it was 48 in the big hoop also. No remote in that one.

Looks like there may be a little snow above us and below, but not in Austin, later this morning. Take photo of your snowman, @Ecscuba, when it hits!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 8:11 AM CST
When you y'all begin the actual move, Holly?

When you do build that new GH, how large are you thinking?

What sort/size of stags do you have?
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 25, 2015 8:23 AM CST
I always follow the posts in the greenhouse thread, but I usually don't really have anything to add, since my greenhouse is not free-standing.
My greenhouse was built on top of the garage ( in 2001) and I walk in through a room upstairs, dimensions are 20 x 12 feet. If you look at the specifications of the Geneva model at the Florian greenhouse site, walls and ceiling are double glass panes. The heating system is connected through three ducts, (pulled from the oil burner in the cellar through the garage and back up into the greenhouse) with the warm air circulating through the whole house.
Now to the good part Smiling - I have the thermostat set to night time minimum of 60 degr F and noon time maximum to 70 degr. I was holding my breath if that would hold at night time temps outside of - 2 degr F and quite a bit of wind. Yes, this greenhouse held up just fine, temps were 60 degr when I checked early in the morning. It has been toasty and comfortable in there this whole miserable Winter here in NJ. On sunny days the temperature climbs during the day above the set temperature in the greenhouse and so circulates through and warms up the whole house until sundown. On the sunny 18 degr F daytime outside, it was 78 F in the greenhouse, very nice!
So, if you ask how is your Gh holding up in this cold, I would say, very well. Smiling

Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Oh, so you went with the "Geneva" model. for some reason I thought you had the "Sierra" model. I don't guess it matters though. Ursula, did you use the "better" or the "best" double-pane glass? My original estimate had the "best" glass on the roof and side-walls, but to cut costs, I have asked to have the side-walls done in "better" glass and only the roof in "best" glass. That knocks a significant $2K off the glass price.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 25, 2015 8:31 AM CST
@Ursula, do you have photos to share? That sounds like such a neat GH!
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 8:33 AM CST
She does! Thumbs up Ursula was kind enough to give me information/pictures when I was in the initial phase of planning my sun room.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 25, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Here is an older picture, it still looks the same. Smiling

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And I found the thread which shows the inside of the greenhouse in the Fall when I moved everything inside for the indoor season.
The thread "September - moving back inside" in Orchids forum
Almost at the end of the thread shows pictures of the roof as the snow is sliding off.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 9:37 AM CST
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 25, 2015 9:42 AM CST
That looks wonderful! We have an upstairs deck that we really never use. I've always wanted to enclose it, at least screen it. This would be great and make it a spot we'd likely use. Thanks for the photo.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 25, 2015 9:51 AM CST
I am glad you find it of use. Smiling
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Feb 25, 2015 9:54 AM CST
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 25, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I am so jealous Ursula!! I want something like that. We have a den that is off the back of the house. It has been torn up since we moved in. I use it as a utility room. My husband started to fix it up over a year ago but then stalled. I keep telling him I want to just glass enclose it and turn it into a solarium/greenhouse.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 10:23 AM CST
That's my hope/my plans on doing that with our screened in, now winter-enclosed, back porch.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 25, 2015 1:51 PM CST
Go for it, Jennifer and Ken! Smiling
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drdawg
Feb 25, 2015 2:32 PM CST
It all depends on the money, Ursula, like most things in life. Sighing! You didn't tell me the type of double-paned glass you used. Whistling
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