Part 1: The Greenhouse Project
In the spring of 2017 I was ready to get my hands dirty again building after getting pregnant in June of 2015. I had an idea…that’s how it always starts. I saw these cute little greenhouses on Pinterest made out of old picture frames. I went to several Goodwills, Salvation Army, and even thought about buying new frames. Just seemed too expensive, so I decided to start looking for old windows to make it a little bigger. My go to at the time was our Local Habitat Re-store. I found 6 3’x3′ storm windows and a large 3’x6′ window for $40. By the time I got home from the store I had a whole new idea, oh no. Now I wanted to build a greenhouse that I could start my seedling in and grow flowers in the spring. With no plans whatsoever I just started building.I used ALL reclaimed wood.
I had old cedar from a swing set we tore down, pallets from my stash, and…my awesome neighbor gave my all the wood from his old fence. I started by making a frame for the roof windows, front windows, and large window. I pretty much created a plan in my head based on the size of the window panels.
I decided to build it next to my garden. I secured 4 pallets (made from 2’x6’s) together as my floor and base for the greenhouse. I set the pallets on large square pavers to help extend the life of the wood floor. I bought a few treated 2’x4’s to build my exterior frame and placed the window panels on the roof and front. I then began to cover the rest of the exterior walls with old fence boards. The roof I used my recycled cedar.
I worked on it all spring and most of the summer. A little bit everyday. With a 1yr old helper that’s all I could do.
I finished by covering the pallet floor with fence boards, building a door, and painting the greenhouse to match our barn. I hung a couple rows of wire shelving inside and a small wooden work space.
I wasn’t finished with the greenhouse in time to grow my seedlings that year but I did grow a lot of flowers and herbs. I’m looking forward to the snow melting and the temperatures warming up this year so I can start playing in there again. If you had a green house what would you grow?
The whole project turned into a Family Garden. 🙂
More photos & blogs to come.
Part 2- William’s Fish Pond
Part 3- Raised Beds & Garden Design
Part 4- Fairy Garden
Part 5- Drippers, Soakers, & Misters System
Part 6- Bun Buns New House
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