|Project by jhtuckwell||posted 02-06-2010 04:38 PM||21193 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
We live in the foothills of Colorado at 7100’ and growing anything outside usually turns into fodder for deer, bear, foxes, coons, squirrels, bobcats, moles, etc… So I promised my wife I’d build her a greenhouse so she can grow vegetables and herbs without competing with the local wildlife. It also extends our growing season as we can experience frost up here as late as Memorial Day and as early as late Sept. After looking at various kits for sale we decided to build our own. It’s an all cedar construction with a 6”X6” treated timber base, stainless steel support brackets, screws and nails, 8mm polycarbonate, twin wall panel sides and roof, 16” thermostatically controlled fan to maintain the temp. at 85°F, planter boxes 30” high with a center aisle, 84” X 24” potting bench with a faucet, sink, upper and lower shelves and potting area with a dirt collection box and a timer controlled drip system. I laid a ¼” steel mesh under the floor so the moles and squirrels cannot dig under and up through it and built a cedar screen door with a removable polycarbonate panel so we can close it up during the cooler nights and leave it open all summer long for ventilation. We do not plan to grow in the Winter but we could with a space heater. The walls and roof supports are cedar 2X4 and 4X4 beams on 24” centers with a 4X12” laminated center beam, 16’ long to handle the snow load. We stained it with 3 coats of Sikkens to match our log home. For those of you who would like an outdoor project this summer and have the space, the joy of eating fresh vegetables all summer long is well worth the effort and it keeps my wife very busy so I can spend more time in the wood shop.
—Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado
-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado