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Project by jhtuckwell posted 02-06-2010 04:38 PM 21193 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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jhtuckwell

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hardiness zone 5a

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XploreOrganics

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-06-2010 04:49 PM

Stunning greenhouse. I’ll be showing DH this post as I would like one like this someday.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-06-2010 04:57 PM

This is a dream greenhouse. Beautiful and highly functional. Did you buy plans or design it yourself?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jhtuckwell

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 02-06-2010 05:17 PM

Hi Robin: I saw a design for this from a greenhouse supplier in British Columbia that sells cedar greenhouses. We used that as a basis and then did our own design. Thank-you both for your compliments!!!

-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-06-2010 05:47 PM

spoiled!!!!
this is what I would call an “ultimate greenhouse and garden”. SWEEEEEET
Fantastic job

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 02-06-2010 06:21 PM

An excellent looking greenhouse, Jamie Well done.

I’d love to have one like it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 02-06-2010 09:29 PM

Beautiful! And definitely just what you need for your situation. Anyone would love to work and play in. :-)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Greenthumb

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posted 02-06-2010 11:45 PM

they are like candy to a fat kid, a gardeners tootsie roll and yours is like ice cream on a hot summer day, with sprinkles of cookie crumbs, shavings of chocolate, dicing mint…..........ahhh

Nice looking garderers eye candy

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

posted 02-07-2010 02:16 AM

Jamie, what more can one do for one’s dear wife? You have built a fantastic green house showing your talents in wood working. Hope you will now get fresh vegetables all the year round. Congratulations .
Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Bon

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posted 02-07-2010 07:57 AM

Now that’s a greenhouse.Nice job.Anyone would love to that one.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Penny

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posted 02-08-2010 06:20 AM

LOVE it!!

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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Greenthumb

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posted 02-08-2010 07:36 AM

That is a beautiful greenhouse.

Do you heat it?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jhtuckwell

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posted 02-08-2010 11:02 AM

Hi Green thumb:

We heat it at night in November and part of Dec. to get the most out of our vegetable crop but then it sits empty till ard. April 1st. Because it’s not unusual to have frost all the way thru till May.30th we keep a small space heater with the thermostat set at 40°F in there during the Spring and Fall. We get a lot of radiant heat during the day year round as we’re at 7100’ and the sun gets pretty intense so we could keep it warm all Winter but we have an active travel schedule during those months so elect to “suffer” through store bought produce in the Winter!

-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado

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Greenthumb

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posted 02-08-2010 11:14 AM

I just built a small greenhouse andl ike you, it isnt unusaul to have frost to the end of May, again in September.

I travel a lot in the winter too, blowing snow, up and down the driveway, up and down the driveway, up and down the driveway. At times that driveway,laneway, might as well be as long as the Alaska Highway.

I have to ask one more question. Why did you put the raised garden around the perimeter, and not down the middle?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jhtuckwell

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posted 02-08-2010 11:40 AM

Greenthumb:

I know your weather predicament well as I was born and raised in Winnipeg and spent 10 years traveling a sales territory from Wpg. to Thunder Bay via Kenora, Dryden, Pickle Lake, Atikokan and Fort Frances. We put the raised garden beds around the perimeter of the green house in a horseshoe shaped design leaving the center aisle open for access. We found that 36” was a maximum reach from the aisle to the back of the raised beds and even with that my wife needs a small step stool to reach into the far corners. The raised beds are 30” high with a 2X6” ledge and are made of treated lumber lined with plywood and covered all around with a thick, rubber sheeting that they used for roofing to prevent the dirt and moisture getting to the plywood and rotting the wood. So far it’s worked well but I dread the day when we need more planting space!!!

-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado

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Greenthumb

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posted 02-09-2010 06:48 AM

I’ve been to Winterpig many times, same with Tunder bay, and pickle lake (god forbid).

Thanks for posting this, it really is a beautiful greenhouse.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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leeman

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posted 11-19-2016 08:04 AM

Hi, great outdoor settings, ambiance is cool and perfect for all occasions. I would suggest that you should also include a type of furniture that is perfect and can withstand for outdoor use, like this table http://www.javateakoutdoorfurniture.com/products/dining-tables/ that matches to that furniture.

-- check me at http://caldwells.com/exterior-doors - 2070 Newcomb Avenue, Unit B, San Francisco, CA 94124.

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