Plant Benches Completed

>> Monday, October 25, 2010

I wrote in my last post about the plant benches I was working on for the garden shed and this weekend I was able to finish installing the coated wire shelf tops. Now I can add plants in to overwinter, hardwood cuttings for rooting over the winter, or maybe even start seeds in the early spring.



Each shelf is covered with the wire mesh you see in the above picture. The plants in the picture below are resting on the 8 foot long and 30 inch wide main shelf.



And here is the 4 foot long and 30 inch wide top shelf. I wanted to leave some head room for plants which is why I didn't run the top shelf the full length of the bench. All the lumber is re-used from other projects.


Total Shelf space:
  • Top Shelf: 10 sq. ft.(roughly)
  • Middle Shelf: 20 sq. ft. (roughly)
  • Under Shelf area: 20 sq. ft. (roughly)
  • Total: 50 sq. ft. (roughly)
There would be a lot more room for shelving if I were to clean up inside the shed more. As you can see there's a lot of cleanup work that needs done (all those pots in the background). I need to find some good places to put them by coming up with some creative shelving ideas!

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Making Plant Benches from Scrap Lumber

>> Monday, October 11, 2010

You can't have a greenhouse garden shed without having a place to put the plants can you? I've finally gotten far enough along that I can assemble a long plant bench. Since I've collected scrap lumber from a variety of projects and people I decided to use that for this first plant bench. As money allows I may upgrade or add to this bench but for now this will work just fine.

The base bench is made from 2"x4"s and is 8 feet long. On top of that is a second shelf that is only 4 feet long. I wanted to leave the area to the right open to allow for taller plants and I didn't want to impede the light from the front window. I can always add more shelves later. 


I bought this coated square mesh to cover the open areas. It will allow light and water to go through to the bottom and is capable of holding pots of plants above it. Should I need more reinforcement below the mesh I can always add that later too! I still need to put 4 more panels of mesh over the bench before bringing in the plants but I'm close - very close!


I've also been measuring my daytime/nighttime and inside/outside temperatures lately to check on how well insulated the shed is. By comparing the temperatures at various times of the day I've noticed that the shed holds a 12-14 degree temperature difference between it and the outside temperature. In the morning it's warmer than the outside air and in the afternoon it's cooler than the outside temperature. I still need to insulate and add weather stripping to some of the major gaps around windows which will hopefully improve the shed's temperature holding capabilities! The better I can manage that the less I have to worry with the expense of heating it!

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The Garden Shed - With Paint!

>> Sunday, October 3, 2010

One long anticipated task for me and my garden shed was the painting. It's come a long way over the course of the past year - from nothing to an actual building capable of storing my lawn equipment, but I've really been looking forward to completing the painting. Even if the inside isn't completely arranged and finished at least the outside now has a somewhat finished look. 

Here is the shed a few weeks ago without the paint. We've realized tonight that we became used to the yellow and brown look. I was never really a fan of that coloring but we've been living with it so long it became what our eyes expected to see. The brown is just pressure treated lumber and the yellow is the cement fiberboard siding.


The first step was painting the trim. As you can see we went for a rich chocolaty brown color. I can't remember the color name but we liked the color tone.


I painted all the trim surfaces including the fascia, window trim, door trim, and the planter door overhang with the brown color. Even with just the trim being painted the difference was startling. I missed a few spots that I need to go back over but you really can't see them in the picture. There was so much trim that the painting took nearly 6 hours to complete the first coat.





And then came the blue! Perfect for brightening up a winter landscape!


It seems like a fairly extreme color change right now to us. Truthfully I'm not sure how I feel about it. In my mind I'm wondering "Is the blue too dark? Does it blend well with the brown? How will this look in a drab winter landscape? Is it too much color? Does it compliment the house?"


The doors and window still need to be painted with a creamy color that may adjust the current look enough to completely "fit" the landscape as we would like.


It's going to take some getting used to. This color feels a little outside my comfort range but I'm a rather boring person to begin with. What do you think? Is the blue the right color for this shed? Is it too bold? Does it stand out too much? Is it just right? Or should we have gone with the flamingo pink my wife wanted? ;)

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What's a Potting Shed Without...

>> Tuesday, September 14, 2010

...Pots!


This weekend I put together a 5' by 16" shelf cabinet in the garden shed designed for storing all those extra pots. Well not all of them - I just have too many - I need more shelves! It's made from 1"x11" painted boards and mounted with a 2"x4" backing. Finish nails and a few screws make it very sturdy. I have a few more pieces of the same lumber that I can use to make a some more shelves for the garden shed. It's was a very easy project and I'm pleased with the results! 

How do you store your extra pots?

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A Brick Floor in the Garden Shed

>> Monday, August 16, 2010

My last post about the brick floor only had a small portion of the garden shed covered with bricks. I've made a little progress since then and have complete exhausted my supply of free bricks. I've been looking for more but so far I've come up empty handed. I'm pleased with how it's turning out at this point but really would love for another 150 bricks to fall in my lap - OK, not really, that would hurt but you know what I mean.

This picture of the floor was taken from the front door of the garden shed. The bricks are in what is called a basket weave pattern where they form even squares that match up with each other in rows and columns. I toyed with the herringbone pattern idea but found that it would have left me with too many bricks to cut to make even edges and I really didn't want to go through the trouble!


Here's a longer shot from the same point. You can see all the building junk still crammed into the shed. I'm a pack rat by nature and I just can't stand throwing away building materials I could use later. I know I can find a use for the two windows on the right eventually. A coldframe would be a nice addition somewhere!


Here is the unfinished edge of the brick floor. I decided to make sure the main floor area was covered so that walking through would be easy. If I need to I could temporarily cover the gravel with landscape fabric for a cleaner look but hopefully I can come up with some bricks to finish out the floor.


Here is a shot looking toward the front door. The biggest challenge to working with reclaimed brick was the uneven nature of the bricks themselves. Some bricks had warped over the years and others were still partially covered with mortar. It is nearly impossible to have the brick perfectly level.  To me the uneven nature of the brick floor gives it a rustic look that I like.


I have some more projects planned for around the shed but they may have to wait until cooler weather comes through! I can't wait to start propagating plants in the garden shed this coming spring but for this winter it may just serve to overwinter a few plants.

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The Garden Shed - Brick Floor Laying

>> Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finally I braved the harsh August summer elements and trekked out to the garden shed to lay the brick floor down. I didn't get finished but I did manage to get some important work done like leveling the crushed gravel underneath where the bricks will go. I took a board and a level and made sure that the gravel was nice and even underneath. The bricks are going in the garden shed in three sections:  a back area, a step/landing, and the front area. The step/landing is a transitional spot that helped bridge two different levels in the greenhouse grading.

I went with a basket weave pattern that didn't require any cutting of bricks. I installed a patio a couple years ago and had to cut a few of the paving stones - it's not fun without the right equipment! On the right side of the picture are two layers of bricks that haven't been properly set yet. For now they are just holding down the black landscape fabric.


Here's a better look at the brick floor. To the right is the step landing which is only about two feet deep by two and a half feet wide.


And here is a closer look at that step. The large stones were a part of my Arbor project for Better Homes and Gardens last year. They weren't very effective as stepping stones so I moved them to use here in the garden shed.


I only managed to cover about a third of the shed with bricks so far. By 11:15 this morning the temperature in the shed reached 104 F. Too hot to work. Fortunately the shed stayed in the shade up until then which made working there hot but not excruciatingly uncomfortable!

Advantages of Using Bricks in the Greenhouse Garden Shed:
  • A solid floor for walking.
  • Porus for water to flow through.
  • Works as a heat sink.

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The Gardens Around the Shed

>> Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's been a while since my last garden shed update and I've done a few more things. Not directly on the shed itself but around the shed. You'll see in the pictures below that there are two distinct garden areas near the shed. One directly in front of the shed and the other to the left (eastern) side. In between the two gardens is a grass pathway plenty wide enough for people to walk through and easily wide enough for a riding mower also. Today I'll show you an overview of the gardens (which of course are still a work in progress - isn't it always?) and tomorrow I'll show a few of the plantings.


Here's the front of the shed and the main planting bed. On the left you'll see a 'Shenandoah' switchgrass with a sunflower peaking out from behind it. Directly to its right is a planting combination of Russian sage, rudbeckia, and Shasta daisy. Stepping stones were collected and placed where the gardener (that means me) has easy access to the front door by traversing through the garden.


Here's a close-up of the stepping stones. I'm a big fan of natural rock in the garden.


If we slip a little more to the left you can see how the garden fits the front. I haven't measured it but since the shed is twelve feet across the garden should be somewhere around 16-17 feet long and about 5 feet wide. Eventually I hope to construct a small walking bridge out of reclaimed lumber to the right side of this garden where the willow tree in the distance can provide plenty of summer shade. It should make a nice garden setting.


 This shot is more of the plants in the eastern bed but I had to sneak in some plants! Sunflowers to the left with seed sown cosmos popping up here and there. The big silver plant is a favorite of mine, 'Powis Castle' artemisia, that I grew from a little cutting.



Come back for more from the Garden Shed!

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Tinkering Away

>> Monday, June 7, 2010

I've been gradually tinkering away at the garden shed. A few tasks are underway that are necessary before the next big step for the outside - painting! I've been busy sealing up the cracks around all the openings with caulk. I think I'm just over halfway done with the caulking on the outside. The caulking around the big windows on the east and west sides is now finished as well as the front right window but the other windows and the trim around the windows is still in progress.

Cold Frame: Automatic Opener ArmThe caulk is important to maintain the garden shed's temperature in the winter but right now is turning it into a hot house. I need to get an automatic vent opener I can use to open the vent window in the back of the shed.


Once I get the caulking complete (which should only be a few more work hours) I can begin painting the outside. I can't wait to get the outside all finished up. One of these days I might get to use my greenhouse garden shed!

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A Small Garden Shed Update

>> Monday, May 31, 2010

Here's a just a short update with what's going on with my garden shed.

  • Bought three colors of paint (two gallons of the main paint and one each for trim and doors). I'll let you know what the color scheme will be later but it will blend with our house.
  • Bought glazing to fix and repair the old single pain windows.
  • Cleaned the large picture windows, front doors, and back door to see what needs cleaned up before painting begins.
  • Inside I've been adding the brick flooring but need to redo the brick pattern so that the bricks work out evenly.

Hopefully I'll have more to update over the week!

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A Little Closer to Finished

>> Sunday, May 9, 2010

Corner Trim on Garden Shed
Every day that I get a few minutes to work on the garden shed I get a little closer to finished. Of course I'm still not close enough for my tastes but I'll keep plugging away at it and eventually it will get completed. A couple weeks ago I managed to add the trim to the corners on the outside of the shed and yesterday I did some gap sealing in the eaves. I used a can of spray on insulating foam to enclose the gaps. Now that I've done that I can add insulation to the inside eave areas. I have plenty of extra leftover from insulating the underside of our house.

The other thing that I need to do very soon is seal up any gaps around door and window trim areas as well as the corners. I want to get it ready for painting soon but I still haven't decided what colors I would like to use so any suggestions are welcome!

The recent floods didn't hurt the shed any. Water did rise up and flow underneath the shed and came in one side then went out the other. I went inside while it was raining to see exactly what was happening and saw a steady water flow. The water cleared out fast because of good drainage and everything should be fine. It does bring to mind a couple other tasks that need done either this summer or in the fall.
  • Implement a French drain on the west side of the shed.
  • Grade the ground to create more of a slope to the drainage areas. 
  • Build a small "rain" wall from concrete blocks to redirect the water down the aforementioned slope.
I'm hesitating to do much soil grading until fall because I would still like the area to be grass and fall is the best time to seed fescue and other cool season grasses.

Garden Shed
After I finished spraying the foam yesterday I went through and did some clean up inside the garden shed and put many of the leftover pieces of plywood in the rafters. I just can't bring myself to toss out anything that I could potentially use later! Just call me "Dave the pack-rat."

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Garden Shed with a Front Porch

>> Thursday, April 15, 2010

Last weekend I put together a small front porch for my garden shed. It's nothing fancy - just a small platform measuring 8'x4' made from pressure treated lumber. It's wide enough to fit a couple chairs when needed and provides a platform for entering the garden shed.


The deck is free floating and can be moved if needed. It isn't attached to the building but appears like it is. It has corner posts and a center joist at 24 inches.


There's still a lot more to do but with warm weather and gardening in full swing it's been hard to find the time to tinker on the garden shed. The next course of business is completing the two missing pieces of siding. Then I'll tackle the corner trim and begin the long tedious process of caulking and sealing the gaps.


Inside there's all kinds of stuff that needs done. Last week the temperatures got up over 100 degrees inside the garden shed. I ended up covering one of the big windows with a large sheet which lowered the temperatures about 8-10 degrees. I'm waiting for the leaves to fill out on the trees to see how much additional shading I'll need to add. It's been very hot lately hasn't it?

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Gables Covered!

>> Monday, March 29, 2010

While I'm excited that the gables on the garden shed were covered this weekend I'm a little disappointed the garden shed siding isn't finished. As it turns out I ran one piece of siding short of finishing the job! It's an awful feeling to realize that you're only a couple steps away from completing a task but you can't.  The areas that still need siding are on the left and right sides - one piece will do it.

When covering the gables I decided to try a slightly different approach than I originally intended. I began thinking I would go horizontally all the way up to the peak. What I ended up doing looks much better as it gives the gable area a little more character - I went diagonally. I began with the top pieces - cut them to fit then measured all the pieces below it. Then I came back and put the pieces on from the bottom and layered up.


The front of the garden shed only needed two layers of siding while the back needed three to completely cover the gables.




I still have some work on the inside to complete, which is mainly covering more walls with plywood. Hopefully this week I can complete the siding and put up the plywood then I can begin sealing up the air gaps. Now that will be time consuming! It won't be long before I can start some cuttings in the garden shed!

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Cabinets for the Garden Shed

>> Thursday, March 25, 2010

Please ignore the mess of bricks and leftover lumber lying on the floor at the bottom of this picture. Instead focus on the cabinets! Family friends were cleaning out their basement and passed on quite a few pieces of lumber and odds and ends they thought could be reused. The cabinets came along for the ride too. With a little sanding and a paint job (when I get to it!) they will blend in perfectly.


In total they gave me three cabinets. Two are in the picture above and one more has yet to be hung.  The two cabinets in the picture were actually several inches taller and needed to be cut to fit the space beneath the windows. After that I cut 4 pieces of 1"x4" and attached them to the back of the cabinets so that I could hang the cabinets to the wall. The white piece of lumber on top isn't for the top of the cabinets but was attached to one of them and had to be removed before I could cut the cabinet to fit.  In between the two cabinets I left a small space of about 11-12". Soon I'll hook in some brackets for a few shelves for the in between space and it will look like one large cabinet.

The other cabinet will fit above the window but won't run the whole length of the space, although I might be able to add a couple shelves to utilize all the space!

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Progress Inside the Greenhouse Garden Shed

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

While earlier in the week brought progress to the outside of the greenhouse garden shed this weekend brought some progress to the inside. I had already insulated parts of the shed where there is no glass but I needed to cover the insulation. Fortunately there is plenty of scrap plywood laying around the shed from doing the outside sheathing plus some old sheets of plywood I've collected over time. I love being able to use bits and pieces of previous projects in new ways. It makes things cheaper and eliminates waste! I cut the pieces to size and screwed them in using 1 5/8" coated screws. I prefer screws over nails, mainly because if I ever need to get into those areas it will be very simple.

Here's a picture of the front from the inside.


And here is a picture of the back from the inside. Underneath the windows will be a small set of old cabinets. A little sanding and painting and they'll be perfect for the space.  When I get the chance I'll paint the inside white to increase the lighting slightly. Don't look for that post anytime soon!



Here is the beginning of a plant bench. I'll be adding a second shelf underneath that will be even with the windows. Below that I can keep pots and flats for seed starting or cuttings. For now that's where the trash is! I'm not sure if you can see it but on top of the bench is a little device. It's a radio thermometer that sends a signal to my house to let me know what the temperatures are like inside. The greenhouse is still very gappy but stays consistently 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures. The real test will be next winter!


I feel like I'm finally making some good progress. The recent spring warm-up is very welcome in my garden, how about yours?

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Greenhouse Garden Shed with a Secret Back Door

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

One of the tasks I accomplished last week on the greenhouse garden shed was to complete most of the siding on the backside. It was a complicated task due to many little cuts and some creative problem solving that was involved. One of the issues was with the "secret door." I wanted the backdoor where my mower will enter the shed portion to look like a single normal door. To do that I needed to disguise the right door as much as possible with the siding. Unfortunately I had to leave a 2 inch gap between the door siding and the wall siding to allow the door to open as far as I wanted. I covered the joint gap with pond liner (that's the black line on the right) to form an airtight gasket and tucked the edges of the liner underneath the siding. When I get around to painting the siding I'll try and paint the pond liner to make it blend better.

Underneath the left windows there is one spot that needs patched up with siding. I had a piece of siding perfectly cut for that spot but when drilling a starter hole (advisable when you are afraid to break something) the piece snapped, effectively making it 6 inches shorter!

The siding is almost complete and should only need one more workday to cover the gables and some small areas on each side.

I would share some of the other updates that happened over the weekend with the shed but it's raining while I'm writing this and I don't have any pictures yet. I'll just save them for another post!

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Siding on the Greenhouse Shed...Again

>> Monday, March 15, 2010

Before this weekend I made a big list on what I wanted to accomplish and one of those tasks was finishing the siding on the greenhouse shed. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to complete it but I did manage to complete some large and tricky areas. When it comes to projects and time my ideas are always bigger than my watch.

The trickiest parts were around the braces for the greenroof overhang. On one side of the brace was 5/16" while the other side was around 2". Cutting the areas around these spots was very time consuming. The cement fiber board was fragile around small cuts and I went through each spot twice before fixing usable pieces to the greenhouse. I may need to come back to add more trim to dress things up a little. The siding in the gable area still needs installed but I'm still debating on its design a little. I was thinking of hanging the siding diagonally along the roof line with the top of the current layer of siding becoming a clean edge for a small piece of trim.


The siding definitely enhances the front of the building. The left side is almost complete and the right side has some small pieces that need fitted between the two large windows. The back is where the majority of my times needs spent. If the weather forecast holds true for the remainder of the week I may have another workday coming soon!

Still to Do on the Outside of the Greenhouse Shed:
  • Finish siding installation - figure out the gable design.
  • Clean and repair all windows - they are a mess! The windows were found on Craigslist and had been sitting outside for some time. They are single paned and held in with caulk that is failing in many places. A few tubes of caulk will go a long way toward making this project look much better.
  • Paint, paint, paint! When warm weather comes along to stay I'm looking forward to giving this project some color. Now I wonder what colors would work best for the siding and the trim? My big question on color is should it match the house or just blend nicely?

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Installing the Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

>> Monday, March 8, 2010

This past weekend while the weather was looking pretty close to awesome we re-made the roof window on my greenhouse shed. The first attempt was leaking in a couple small spots which prompted me to re-think the whole design before the project was too far along. I found out while I was removing the first attempt that if I had just caulked underneath two of the clamps I used to hold the windows in place everything would have been fine! Two small spots created a drip which seeped along the window and made contact with the plywood roofing underneath. It wasn't a good situation for the plywood but a little extra silicone in two spots would have done the trick.

Still, I think I came up with a better solution in the end.

Here's What I Used

  • 2 -12 foot long pieces of composite decking. 5 1/4" width.
  • 3" deck screws
  • 1- 2"x2"
  • 6" wide pieces of pond liner.


How I Fixed the Roof Window

Using the composite decking we created a frame and screwed it through the roofing into the rafters below. We cut the top piece of decking and placed it at the top.  Before we screwed it in we put the pond liner underneath the top layer of shingles and the decking. Along the pond liner I crimped it to the height of the decking to create ridge for water to run along and away from the window.

Then we fit the side pieces and the bottom piece of decking. Each piece had enough overhang to support the windows around the edges. To brace the bottom window while we were getting everything attached we placed two 1/2" wide slivers of composite decking. The slivers created a brace for the lower edge of the window that wouldn't be effected by water.

Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

In the center of the opening we put the 2"x2" flush with the side edges of the frame so that it could support the area where the two windows met. These need shimmed up slightly and again we used some small slivers of composite decking - I really like that stuff but it does cost a pretty penny! Fortunately with 2 twelve foot long pieces we had plenty for this part of the project. I can't imagine the cost that would go into building a whole deck from it - but it would last!


Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

In the previous installation we used makeshift clamps from some hard plastic molding that we reclaimed from an old door. We used a hacksaw and cut 3 inch pieces from the plastic piece, drilled screw holes in it, then clamped eight of them around the roof window. The last task was to caulk which I used some silicon caulking that was said to work well under the weather.

It was a good days work but well worth it to ensure a leak free roof. Now it seems this week will provide a good test - rain's a' coming!

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Greenroof Overhang for the Front Door

>> Monday, February 22, 2010

I've been fascinated (as have many people lately) with the green roofs that are quickly become very popular. Originally when I wanted to build my shed I wanted to cover the all of the non-transparent roof surfaces with plants. I realized that to build a greenroof over the whole structure would be both time and labor intensive. I would have also needed some restructuring inside to compensate for the wight load of wet soil. In short it just wasn't practical for my greenhouse shed.

But I'm never one to give up on an idea quickly! A couple months into its construction I had an idea ...why not try a decorative front door overhang? Then I thought "why not make it a greenroof?" Today I completed the basic structure of the greenroof overhang. It protrudes 2 feet out from the greenhouse and is about 6 feet long. It's only about 4 inches deep which should be more than enough room for succulents and rock garden plants.



Here's how I put the green roof overhang together:
  • I attached 2 - 2"x4" pieces that were cut 2' long (one side of each board was cut with a 13 degree angle) to a 6' long 2"x6".
  • Then I put the 2"x6" on the greenhouse and centered it.
  • Underneath the two sides I attached support pieces to help hold the structure.
  • Next I put the edge trim pieces on both ends which measured 24" and covered the front with another trim piece.
  • Inside the frame I put 2"x2"s along the bottom edges of the long sides of the frame. 
  • Last for today was putting the floor of the overhang together by screwing it into the 2"x2" pieces. The flooring was made from pressure treated dogeared fence panels that I cut at 23.5".  It was a cheap and economical way to put the floor together and looks pretty good from underneath.


To finished the green roof section I need to put down a waterproof membrane, drainage spout, a capillary layer and of course the soil! I would also like to add some more decorate aspects to the supports and the area in general. My next step is to figure out the best soil mix for green roofs, one that retains moisture yet stays relatively light. Time to do some research!

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How I'll Use My Greenhouse

>> Friday, February 5, 2010

I've been thinking about how I'm going to use my greenhouse lately. There's just enough complete on the greenhouse construction to tantalize my imagination and since people use greenhouse in so many ways that the options are virtually limitless.

I don't grow orchids or many tropical plants which means the greenhouse won't be used for them. It's not ready to use yet so seed starting this year isn't an option. Some people like to grow vegetables in their greenhouses to keep fresh veggies growing year round. I like that idea and it might be something to experiment with in the fall assuming I can put together some sort of heating system. Spinach, lettuce and chard might do fine without heat but any summer loving vegetables just won't work. For right now though I'm planning to use it for two things: 1) A Storage Shed and 2) To Propagate plants.

As a Storage Shed
Inside the greenhouse shed I've designated a corner as the shed section. Since the overall size of the structure is 12'x16' the shed corner will be about 6'x 8'. If I need more or less space I can use the overhead rafters to hang tools and equipment. The important thing is to house my riding and push mowers. The weed eater and other various tools will find homes there as well.

I've collected all kinds of used pots and containers over the last couple years from friends and family and they will get homes inside the greenhouse. Hopefully many of them will be used for plants that I propagate.

For Propagating Plants

I really enjoy the thrill of getting new plants for next to nothing through plant propagation. I've detailed many of the plants I've propagated already but I'm hoping that I can increase the number and types of cuttings. Maybe eventually I can put together a small business selling plants (which incidentally is my dream job.) I have two areas inside the greenhouse that I can use for propagation.

The long wall (top left picture) is the larger of the two areas and is where I'm planning on building shelves to add more potting and planting space. This area is about 16'x6'.

There is a small area on the opposite side that receives morning sunlight and afternoon shade. It will be where I put more shade tolerant/loving plants like hostas and heucheras.


The location of my greenhouse is pretty good for spring-summer cuttings. It has filtered light coming in through the trees which should be ideal for propagating plants.

I still have a ways to go before I can do much inside the greenhouse shed. If only the weather would brighten up and dry out!

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Winter Around The Greenhouse Shed

>> Monday, February 1, 2010

The recent snowstorm here in Tennessee has given us some very nice images.  I showed some of the images from some ornamental grasses and other plants a couple days ago but here are a few from around my still incomplete greenhouse shed project.

The trees behind the greenhouse are covered in ice making them appear made of crystal.

Greenhouse and Icicle Forest 1-2010-2
  
Icicles on the side of the greenhouse.

Icicles on Greenhouse Shed 1-2010-1

The greenhouse and the trees behind it covered with ice.
Greenhouse and Icicle Forest 1-2010-1

Ice on glass windows.
Iced Windows on Greenhouse 1-2010-1

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