Here's a picture I took of the main materials he used to build the greenhouse. It was hard to believe in only a few short days, these simple items would be my greenhouse!
We researched building a greenhouse and looked at many different plans on the internet. In the end, my husband created his own design. Here he is building the frame using PVC piping.
|Building the greenhouse frame|
The plastic went on in two sections over the top.
|Adding the plastic to the greenhouse|
He pounded rivets into the plastic to create loops, then he attached the plastic to the PVC pipe using ties.
|Attaching the plastic to the greenhouse frame|
After the plastic over the top was done, all that was left was adding the side flaps. Even without the side flaps, the ground under the greenhouse was already starting to thaw!
|Plastic over the top of the greenhouse|
As of today, the greenhouse isn't quite done, he still has to put a few finishing touches on it. It's supposed to be sunny and in the 40s over the next few days. I'm hoping the ground will thaw this week and I might be able to start direct sowing as early as next weekend. Unbelievable!
I plan to spread straw and leaves this weekend to help keep the weeds down. I can't believe I'll already be working in the garden in February!!
The only problem I see so far is that I haven't figured out how I'll water in there. I can't turn on the outdoor water for few more months. I guess I'll have to get used to hauling buckets of water. I thought about putting some small holes in the top of the greenhouse to let the water in. Does anyone have any advice?
I'm so excited about my greenhouse!! I am really going to get a jump on the vegetable garden this year. Hopefully, that means spring won't be so busy for me.
Update March 2013: When we first built this greenhouse, we didn't know what we were doing so we bought plastic from HD. That plastic ended up shredding after just over one year of use. So this year, we bought one large sheet of greenhouse plastic (found it on the internet) that covers the whole top. It's much easier to assemble with one piece, we simply clip it at the ends and anchor it down with cement blocks. The greenhouse plastic says it will last 4 years, we hope so!