Greenhouses forum: Getting ready to add 2nd HF GH

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Name: Carol Texas
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Ecscuba
Sep 25, 2015 4:58 PM CST
Last year put up my very first GH - 6 x 8 from HF. Quickly discovered it's WAY too small. Attaching a 2nd 6 x 8 in the next couple of weeks -- with a walk-thru where it attaches to the first.
Not sure if anyone has tried attaching to GH and keeping one cooler- and how did it work?

I wasn't much of a GH gardener last year - not for lack of effort. Lots of things started out good and then just didn't make it. Had bug problems and just growing problems. I think some plants were too warm.
This year I'm going to keep the cooler loving plants in the 2nd GH and only let a little heat filter in from GH #1. I'm certainly not going to try to grow tomatoes again ! The things that did the best for me were peppers -- started in the GH and produced wonderfully when I moved them out. Tomatoes just flopped - always do. I had just hoped the GH would make a difference on that.
So my strategy will be different this year -- and I hope to grow lettuce, spinach and stuff like that in GH 2 - and just overwinter my lemon, herbs, dwarf figs & berry bushes in GH 1 (and if I'm lucky I'll start some seedlings late in spring just in time to plant outside. Time will tell - hopefully year 2 will be a miraculous improvement for my gardening abilities
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 25, 2015 5:23 PM CST
Sounds like a great idea to have two GH zones. In larger GHs, a "curtain" is used to manage space and cut down on heating bills.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 26, 2015 5:43 AM CST
That sounds great, Carol. When someone contacts me or posts that they are considering building a greenhouse, the first suggestion I throw out is to build one twice the size they think they will need. More often than not (me included), we regret the size we built. It is amazing how a greenhouse opens up so many possibilities of growing exotic plants and starting seeds, or just getting amazing results with what one grows.
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Name: Carol Texas
Central Texas (Zone 8b)
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Ecscuba
Sep 27, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Yes @drdawg you are sure right about that. I thought 6 x 8 sounded great until I started loading it up with all my plants -- and "stuff". I suspect 2 of the 6 x 8 will still not be big enough -- haha -- but I will make it work. Husband is modifying so I have a walk-thru from one into the other -- and I want to have an outside door into each as well.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 27, 2015 3:15 PM CST
That sounds like a practical way to double what you have and it is nice to have your husband able and willing to do the walk-thru. Hurray!
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Nov 15, 2015 11:19 AM CST
Carol, the heavy clear vinyl strips they use on warehouse doors would make an excellent curtain for your walk thru. Even a piece of solar blanket may work, but you may need to add some small weights to the bottom.
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Name: Carol Texas
Central Texas (Zone 8b)
"Not all who wander are lost."
Region: Texas Composter Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Organic Gardener Hummingbirder
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Ecscuba
Nov 28, 2015 11:41 AM CST
Great idea @Eric4home
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