We are housesitting for a friend, and before she left she ordered a small greenhouse kit. It arrived today. So far it looks great, well packaged and each piece identified pretty clearly. We have constructed (from scratch) a couple of hoop houses in the past, but never one of these in a kit.
We should be having fun. I will keep you posted. It will probably take us more than an afternoon to finish it....
"There is more wisdom in the song of a bird, than in the speech of a philosopher...." -Oahspe
"....The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara
" .... " -Harpo Marx
We had a fun time building it. The second day was not quite as fun due to poor air quality here in FL with wildfires burning north of us. So sad.
But I did take pics with my cell phone. I will post in a few....
On the second day you can see how thick the smoke was by looking in the background.
All the pieces were marked with id numbers and the manual was clear (no words - just illustrations!) You may not be able to tell but the greenhouse is lightweight, we anchored it in for her with an Eaglefoot anchoring kit. The windows are all plastic.
It gets very warm in FL in the summer, so a shade cloth was added to keep the direct afternoon sun out.
half loops of 3/4 inch pvc either stuck in the ground or attached using t's and pvc along the bottom and either tied or same set up down the middle of the loop makes a cheap and effecient greenhouse when covered with clear plastic.
Actually that's a really good idea. I made a couple of raised beds (square foot garden) last year. I could easily cover them with something like this, keep the dogs out when the plants are spouting too. I'm gonna do it, maybe next weekend.
that looks like 1/2 inch pvc, check the schedule before you buy or try bending it at the store. some schedules will bend a lot easier than others, and the length of piece plays a role in that too.
Just things to keep in mind before you bring it home. try to buy it in 20 for lengths from a pvc/irrigation store verses a lowes or home depot, 20' bend easier than glued in the middle 10's. and lowes and hd both cut their pipe at 10's forcing one to buy more fittings.
I like that raised bed cover. I have had my experiences with someone's dog racing thru my raised beds after a squirrel!
Here is a webpage we found a while back with quantities and lengths of parts for a 10 by 21 hoophouse. http://westsidegardener.com/howto/hoophouse.html Maybe this can help some folks get an idea of what's needed.
The ones we did were 10 by 32. Make sure you pick a still day with no breeze. Putting the plastic on with even a tiny bit of wind can be a hassle.
Mine too!! I don't think we'd need 'heat' during the winter months since we are in Tennessee but I sooo have greenhouse envy right now.