Greenhouses forum: Greenhouse building

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jan 2, 2017 6:57 PM CST
Hi everyone!

I am in Zone 6 and I am thinking about building a greenhouse this spring so I can grow some tropical plants year round. I want to make the greenhouse so it can be sturdy enough to stand up to my winters up here in North Idaho. I want to make it like Zone 9 or 10 in there year round so I can grow plants like Nepenthes Miranda, Theobroma Cacao, Banana, Pineapple, Citrus, and other tropical plants. I have many questions concerning greenhouses.

How do I keep humidity and heat at an optimum level for plants year round in the greenhouse?

What materials should I build the greenhouse out of?

Any advice on how to build it?

Any help will be greatly appreciated,

Jared
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 3, 2017 8:25 PM CST
I have what seems to be a Sunny brand greenhouse, but I haven't used it for 3 years, lost the instructions, and not sure how to put it together again. I'm sure I kept all the pieces together, and I THINK I'm doing ok, but it would sure help to have help....
Here's what it should look like, and here are the parts I have
Thumb of 2017-05-04/Tallulah_B/fd18a7
mine is actually 2 shelves deep front to back, not one as this one shows-

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2 straight 32 1/2"
2 elbows - one 3 way and one 4 way
24 joiners
32 straight 27 1/2"
32 straight 16 3/4
6 bent 31 3/4 straight length, to the bend
Susan
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 3, 2017 9:14 PM CST
@tallulah_B I was trying help you and to locate your brand of greenhouse instructions online but I can't seem to find Sunny Brand. If you contact the manufacturer, I am sure you can get replacement instructions. Or again, look online. The only one I could in is for Outsunny brand Is that the one?
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Out...

Or this Youtube?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Or these:
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Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 3, 2017 10:03 PM CST
Yes, Outsunny is the one, and I don't know where we bought it - about 5 years ago.
Finally figured out how to build it, and missing ONE elbow. Need an elbow for each end, and the middle.
There are 6 shelves, so it's bigger than the one I showed. Likely got it at WalMart. Thumbs up
Susan
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
May 4, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Susan, if that's a single bend elbow you might be able to fabricate one from electrical conduit. Do you have an electrician near by?
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Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 5, 2017 10:18 PM CST
My DH cut some dowel, to make up for the distance needed, and put the small pieces in the 3 bars, then used Gorilla Tape to join them - good deal! He's not only handy, but he makes "do" with what we have........... Thumbs up Lovey dubby
The greenhouse is up, with the cover, and functional - I love it! Hurray!
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
May 6, 2017 5:42 AM CST
I'm glad you got it fixed. Creativity at it's best, problem solved Thumbs up .
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 6, 2017 6:35 PM CST
yes, and we've learned even more to be creative, when the nearest store of any kind other than a convenience store is in the next town Rolling on the floor laughing
btw - convenience stores don't carry hardware Whistling
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 6, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Got any photos of your work? Would love to see it!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 7, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Absolutely - btw - almost lost the greenhouse last night, in a Major windstorm. My DH had to tie it down or it would have blown over. There are places to use tent pegs to hold it down, but we don't have any....... or I don't think we do Rolling on the floor laughing We'll have to go into the shed and find some, maybe...... Confused Whistling
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 8, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Oh, dear! We sideways habe tent stakes here. I use then to secure raccoon traps. They are like 4/$1 @camping places. If you were here, I'd give you some. But thenI guess it's too late anyway? Glad hubby saved your greenhouse. Thumbs up
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
May 8, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I have some aluminum trough spikes, so will use them. I'm also going to move the greenhouse into my garden. On the SW corner of our garden we have 3 very large spruce trees on the south side, and a fence on the west side. It will be protected from the wind
TBH, I have more garden (this year anyway) than I have plants for, I think Hilarious! Who'da thought, eh? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 8, 2017 7:01 PM CST
I'm sure you can remedy that quickly, Susan! Have fun!
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