Greenhouses forum: My Greenhouse - Charleston

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Charleston (Zone 8b)
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843rphyllis
Mar 8, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Hi All:

I'm new here and so glad I found the greenhouse forum, I love reading and looking at everyones greenhouses and what's growing. I got a Grandio Ascent 8X12 about a year and a half ago and I just love it, Great quality, good head room, super secure panels.

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The first picture was just when the build was completed and the second was taken this morning. My squash is busting out! My husband added movable shelfs and grow lights for me, so I have tons of room (which I managed to use up).

This is an awesome site and I have having a great time looking around.

Want to see more - comments are most welcome Hurray!
https://perfectlyimperpectgardnercom.wordpress.com
Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
Plumerias
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luckyzl230
Mar 8, 2016 2:10 PM CST
Welcome Welcome! to the best forum I've found on the web. You will get a lot great advice from well experienced members here. I've only been a member for about 8 months and have learned so much
I think your greenhouse is awesome. Thumbs up I like the way you optimized your space. Very well thought out plan.
After looking at your website I'm interested in the "movable shelves you talked about". Care to elaborate on those with some pics?
Also, did your poly carbonate panels come open ended on the tops and bottoms. If so, did you use some type of tape to seal them up?
I see a drain on your website. How did you get that to go outside the green house?
What area do you live in? Can you update your zone info please.
Sorry for all the questions but I'm still constructing mine and like to gather all ideas I can get.

All in all I again want to say it looks very lovely. Kinda bums me that I have stuck right in the middle of putting up mine due to all the rain here in Sacramento CA
Lucky Patrick
Charleston (Zone 8b)
Seed Starter
843rphyllis
Mar 8, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Hi and thank you very much, so very glad to be here nodding I am in zone 8


I did so much research beforehand and actually used graph paper and mapped out my plan. My husband is so awesome and made it exactly as I had visioned. I still can't believe how wonderful it turned out.

The shelves are really simple, they are basically a top, two sides and a piece for the bottom. The ones on the left and back are the same however, they are longer and there is no middle shelf. We put our grow lights in there., which are adjustable. I think you can tell how to put it together from these pictures, if you still need more info I will ask my husband for help in describing them in more detail - I love those shelves!

My panels were opened top and bottom as I think most are. You will find that some people seal the ends, I did not (in retrospect maybe I should have) there will be bugs that get in between, but die when it gets hot, and you are left with their remains Sad . At the time I just did not want to alter what the manufacturer did, but I doubt it would have caused any issues.

The drain is for the sink. We ran a water line from the house outside spigot and dug a trench and laid down PVC pipe and bought it into the greenhouse, from the drain we used corrugated pipe out to where it can drain. I will put more info about this on my blog, check back tomorrow because it would be too much to put here. It's a bit tricky, but so worth It, I could not live without that sink! I did not take step by step photos, but you can see from the picture that we have a line for water (left) and a line for electric(right).

Hope this helps, please let me know if you need any other information.


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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 8, 2016 9:01 PM CST
Welcome! Love your greenhouse and all your wonderful features! How pretty it looks against the backdrop against the lake. I agree about the sink. It is one of the handiest things to have inside the greenhouse. Though mine is not fancy like yours, just a laundry sink hooked to the garden hose that I turn on when I need it, it serves it's purpose. And real electricity! Wow! You are a lucky gal!

This is the time of year when part of the plants are already out and others are begging for permanent fresh air. And I can't wait to get the plants out and give the gh a good cleaning inside and out.
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Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Mar 9, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Good idea on the drain.
I'll still confused on the movable shelves. Do they slide away or just come off completely. Those are the shelves on the right in the pic, correct?
If you don't mind and if your husband doesn't mine, I would love more info how how he did it. To me, I love how you optimized all your space including those movable shelves
Lucky Patrick
Charleston (Zone 8b)
Seed Starter
843rphyllis
Mar 9, 2016 9:25 AM CST
Hi, yes the shelves come off completely. I will ask him how we can best explain it to you and post back here.
Charleston (Zone 8b)
Seed Starter
843rphyllis
Mar 9, 2016 9:57 AM CST
They are basically little tables that can be lifted off and on the bench tops. Ours are about 2 feet high by 12" wide. You start with a piece of 1x12 pine and cut it to length (how ever long you want it). Than we screwed two legs on each end using 1x3 pine about 2 feet high and used the same 1x3 pine to make a base for the leg foot for added stability. Use another 1x12 piece of pine for the second shelf and screw them into the 1x3 pine legs. All joints are glued and screwed for stability.

Hope this help!
Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
Plumerias
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luckyzl230
Mar 12, 2016 11:13 PM CST
@843rphyllis
Would you mind taking a picture of this movable shelf? I think I see it in the one of the pics on the right but don't see it fully?
Thanks

Edit:
What type of fluorescent bulbs are you using for your lights above the seeds
Lucky Patrick
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Charleston (Zone 8b)
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843rphyllis
Mar 13, 2016 4:58 AM CST
Yes, I will today. Being I moved many plants out of the greenhouse I can take the shelf out and snap some pictures for you. They really do help free up space! For the bulbs, we used two different ones on each of the shop lights, got to ask my husband which ones we got. I think one was natural sunlight.
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Charleston (Zone 8b)
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843rphyllis
Mar 14, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Here you go, hope this helps you out.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 14, 2016 6:34 AM CST
Hi and welcome to ATP! I'm in Summerville. You're greenhouse looks awesome! I gave up growing veggies because I got tired of fighting the bugs. I love your movable shelving too!
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Charleston (Zone 8b)
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843rphyllis
Mar 14, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Hi there neighbor!
Thanks, my husband did an awesome job! I'm in West Ashley, up by Bees Ferry Road. This is my second year tying to grow veggies (I'm not ready to give up yet!). I noticed something has chewed on a leaf from my Bok Choy., oh boy but I have raised beds and last year I purchased pop-up covers for them, to keep the bugs out. I think I will be putting them on today
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 14, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Might be snails or slugs eating your bok choy .. sprinkle some diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants .. totally inorganic and will stop snails/slugs in their tracks .. it's like walking over glass shards for them. I

Check out my Idea for Masonry Ladders .. after looking at pictures of your beds, I think they'd be perfect to use as a frame for whatever you want to put over them, also for some of your climbing veggies..

http://garden.org/ideas/view/Xeramtheum/1111/Masonry-Ladders...

Are you familiar with the Spring Plant Swap in N. Charleston at Park Circle? It's April 30th this year. They also have a Fall one as well .. I've been going for over 10 years now .. it's awesome!

https://www.facebook.com/NorthCharlestonPlantSwap/info?tab=p...
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Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Mar 14, 2016 5:04 PM CST
Thank you Phyllis. They are awesome. I was thinking they were something totally different.
So simple but yet so effective. If you don't mind, I'd like to copy your design. I don't have a table saw so I think a 4X8 plywood might work as well.

I have four 4ft plant lights (full spectrum) in my studio keeping my plumerias going over the winter. I've read about using two different bulbs, but can't actually remember which ones I read about.

Anne, I like your idea of the Masonry ladders. I have some morning glory that climb really high that would just love those archers as well as my sweat peas. I just might give those a try instead of a trellis.

As for growing vegetables, I'm going to try a hydroponic system incorporated with a NFT rail system. I've also tried to grow outdoors as well and like you, I've always just got a few vegetables to harvest before bugs took over. This year, I have Neem Oil to help me go the all natural route.

Lucky Patrick
Name: Thomas
Deep East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thomas75
May 16, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Beautiful greenhouse and a very nice website showing all of your gardens. Thumbs up
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Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
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Zazinnia
May 20, 2016 7:02 AM CST
Beautiful green house. I enjoyed your blog very much. Welcome to ATP. Welcome!
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