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StarrsWife

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hardiness zone 7

01-14-2010 01:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: greenhouse cold frame salvage glass oklahoma question resource tip designing enviro-friendly zone 7

I have several old sliding glass doors in my BY left by the previous homeowners and would like to use them somehow for a cold frame or greenhouse. We are in the process of planning a PVC half hoop greenhouse that we plan on attaching to to the side of our house and can’t help but think there has GOT to be a way to incorporate this glass. The plans we are going to adapt are here: http://www.electricscotland.com/gardening/greenhouse.htm we won’t be needing a door as we will enter our greenhouse from inside… may add a door later, who knows… but if can’t use the glass in it, maybe a cold frame? Ideas would be great!

Jessica in OKLAHOMA

Just an update :)

This image represents how I plan on anchoring my greenhouse, vs. the way the above plans show….

and these plans http://www.pvcplans.com/ArchGrnHouse.pdf show a really neat way to add a door and a window to a pvc greenhouse, and I do want to add one of each eventually once I get the main part of the structure up….. but with my limited budget and all if I spend too much building it, there will be nothing left to spend on the inside :)

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.



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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

01-14-2010 04:37 PM

Keep us posted how you make out. Photos of the progress is always appreciated ):

What you are attempting looks really interesting. I wish that I had access to some nice windows to recycle.

It is interesting that you are contemplating access from inside. That could be really handy. Also, you might be able to use some interior heat to heat your greenhouse.

btw, the cold frame idea works with me also.

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

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MsDebbieP

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01-14-2010 04:55 PM

using old windows (and glass doors) for greenhouses – a great idea.
Here are some projects posted here at GT that might give you some ideas.

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my neighbour has an old shower door that I am going to inherit. I hope to use that as the glass for a cold frame. I have yet to see the glass so I’m not sure if it will work. Don’t know why not—just build a frame around it and put it on hinges; build a box for the soil and voila – cold frame.

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

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StarrsWife

36 posts in 2690 days
hardiness zone 7

01-14-2010 05:13 PM

Those projects looks amazing, and I would LOVE to have something even half as nice, however I have been out of work almost 5 months now and as much as I am loving the time it’s affording me to think more on my gardening, lol, it’s not allowing me to AFFORD one, hehehehe

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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Bon

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01-14-2010 05:15 PM

Hi Jessica
Your greenhouse idea looks great.You might want to consider putting a door at both ends though.It is so much easier to put your soil and things you will need in a wheel barrow and just wheel it into your greenhouse.Carrying the dirt etc. through the house may be cumbersome.And carrying all the plants out in the spring is much easier if you can just wheel them out to the garden.This is just my opinion and I try to do everything the easiest way possible for me. (lol) Good luck with your adventure and post pictures as you go along.Pictures are always so nice to look back at to see what you accomplished.Plus we all love pictures (lol)

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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01-14-2010 06:31 PM

Jessica, if you do decide that you want to use the glass in a cold frame, I recommend that you go to your local library and check out this book, Home Made: 101 Easy to Make Things for your Garden, Home or Farm by Ken Braren and Roger Griffith. It has drawings and instructions to build and use cold frames to extend the growing season. My husband built one for me using the directions in this book and I really like the way it extends the season.

-- "...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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Greenthumb

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01-15-2010 06:47 PM

I am familiar with that cold frame/greenhouse albeit you did not include any dimensions. All things wood come easy to me so try and make this simple.

You could possibly use those windows could be used in one end, or both ends. using pressure treated lumber, just frame the end in to fit those windows. I saw your profile pic and my guess, is that if YOU go to glass company I bet they will make a frame for your windows for cheap. You might also try a welding company and again….............make sure YOU go. I say this because men are pigs and a pretty woman tends to bend their knees,

Otherwise you could just butt them together forming a 45 degree teppee and use them as a cold frame in the garden.

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

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Greenthumb

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01-15-2010 06:53 PM

I might add. Attaching that to your house may, or may not be a good idea. Greenhouse can hold a lot of humidity, humidity can ecourage mold growth and nobody likes mold, in, or on their home so I would consider an automatic vent at both ends of the greenhouse.

Good Luck

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

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MsDebbieP

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01-16-2010 05:24 AM

I never thought of a tipi structure. Good idea Greenthumb
(and isn’t it true how some people can get free assistance just be ‘being them”)

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

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Greenthumb

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01-16-2010 06:01 AM

I always send my better half to get lumber. If she’s late, the doors stay open where if I went they would be bolted shut. The staff get forklifts and move lift after lift so she can get to the lumber…....I have to move my own…...............the staff load the lumber for her…...............I have to load my own.

If I send my daughter…............I get twice the amount of lumber for the same price.

Such is life

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

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Catspaw

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01-16-2010 12:43 PM

I agree with exterior door(s). Moving dirt thru the house will get old.

I like mold. (we make alot of spalted maple projects, which…..requires lots of industrious little moldies.)

Take note that PVC pipe is structurally unsound. That doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means you have to take it into account whether it means adding support, bracing against even a moderate wind, removing snow in the winter, or whatever. I have thought about using it, but, also considered using metal conduit (which is still not great, but, is sturdier than pvc.) Alittle more of a challenge for bending though.

Personally, I determined in my own mind that, if I was going to put that much effort into something, I wanted it to be of sound nature and long lasting. To me, PVC is like using duct tape, bailing wire, and old skids. It works, but, won’t last long and I’ll just have to put more effort into it later down the road.

You could very easily make the same structure out of 2×4’s.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist......Zone out....(USA 5)

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StarrsWife

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01-16-2010 02:23 PM

Greenthumb~ How funny, yet probably so true! I will definitely keep that in mind and leave hubby at home when it’s time to place my order :)

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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StarrsWife

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01-17-2010 04:15 PM

I just want to say that I am SOOO impressed with how much of a response that I have gotten…. I have joined a couple different gardening sites in hopes of finding one that would truly feel like a community….BINGO! Now I need to unjoin all the others cuz I tend to keep heading back here over and over.:) Thanks for the warm welcome

Jessica

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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MsDebbieP

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01-18-2010 04:43 AM

Welcome to the family :D

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

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Bon

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01-20-2010 10:26 AM

Glad you have joined us Jessica.

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

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jroot

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01-20-2010 04:07 PM

I was looking at HOW you planned to anchor your greenhouse. At one point, I thought about doing that with a copper pergola. The wind here would have quickly removed it though. The entire structure could be lifted from the iron in the ground. Hence I gave it up as an idea not well contemplated. I don’t mean to discourage, but rather to encourage a deeper thought process to conquer Mother Nature’s whims.

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

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jacobreeve

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04-23-2016 09:32 AM

Loose mechanisms, I have of that type but missing some parts, is there any place to get repair kit for it or I maybe buying a new one from http://staging.caldwells.com/products/doors-by-type/sliding-doors/.

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ThomasMaloney

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04-27-2016 05:11 AM

I would love to have a separate greenhouse or even a storage shed of my own in our backyard made of glass. I think it would definitely be a nice attraction for neighbors or guests to admire. However, I do not have the necessary resources to build one but I think your idea is great. Would love to view your update photos to get inspiration from!

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