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Marni's New Intermediate Greenhouse

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Marni, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I bought my house in 1985 because where I was renting I couldn't have a greenhouse. For the first nine years I lived in the granny unit and rented out the main part of the house so I could afford the mortgage. The first time one friend visited he remarked "I've known people who lived in smaller. They all had bars on the windows."

    I was a potter at the time and that is a low paying job, even in the arts. It is amazing what you can do if you want it enough.
     
  2. citywildcat

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    Marni, seeing the photos and hearing about the progress of your greenhouse has been a great benefit to all of us. We've all learned from your experience. Thank you for sharing this with us! As you well know, it's so exciting to see a project go from the "imagination" (blueprint) stage to actual fruition. There's nothing better than this to boost one's confidence in their ability to accomplish anything they put their mind to. Will this change allow you to grow new/different items to sell than previously offered, or do you plan on adhering to your current flasking/growing/selling philosophy?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have one more project to do before I am done. I will be converting my cold greenhouse to a warm greenhouse. It is attached to the northside of what used to be the intermediate house. Currently the cold house has corrugated polycarbonate on the roof and sheet plastic on the exterior walls and was kept at 45F minimum night. I ordered the twin wall polycarbonate to upgrade it along with the order for the new greenhouse. Hopefully it won't be such an ordeal as this last one. I don't know how warm yet, that depends on the heating cost. I'll start as soon as I can stand the idea of construction work taking over my life.

    I've never had a warm house so I am really looking forward to growing many plants that I have in less than ideal conditions and trying new ones I was hesitant to grow. I guess you could say my current plan will go forward, just expanded.
     
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    Going forward with your current plan AND an extended "new project" will be exciting! Cool growers have always been a problem for me and for this part of the country. It's difficult to maintain cool temperatures consistently (here). They do fine in the winter but in the summer, it's impossible to keep it cool enough (for someone like myself, who doesn't have a business or doesn't care to invest in maintaining those temperatures. If it was my primary business that would be different.....it's just a minor hobby for me.) Good luck and let us know how that warm house works out!
     
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    Love this thread. Thanks Marni and congratulations with all you are doing!