#38 Build a Greenhouse
Since this is my first greenhouse I wanted to start small, make it so I could take it apart and expand it if it all works out. Put it on my deck so it has support on 3 sides. Got a late start so I was in a hurry and made some mistakes, but I'm learning....
Started as simple as I could think of:
Covered it with 4 mil poly. Yes, I know 6mil is best AND PVC and Poly don't play well together, but it's my first and wanted to start small and cheap. Next time, I'll have to figure out how to trim the front and back so it fits properly.
I had compost barrel on top of the water tote inside for heat, but couldn't stir it with the tool I have. Moved it outside and bought a small heater with thermostat. I hope that when the pump is off, the water in the tubing inside the barrel will warm up and when it comes back on it will give the buckets a dose of warmer water.
Dutch Buckets brought inside. Wrapped the buckets with foam I tore out of an old couch. Also painted my water bottles black and hope they warm up during the day and give off heat at night.
I don't expect the peppers to make it much longer. I have peas, lettuce and garlic getting ready to go in. Put in a string of "old time" Christmas Lights for light and a little heat.
Ran an insulated drier vent from the house into the greenhouse. Will get some heat when drying clothes. Pun in an inline vent fan to push the air through the now longer drier vent and a fan in the greenhouse to move air around.
For added insulation, I wrapped plastic around the sides of the deck. There is also pink insulation foam board running on lower 1/2 of 2 sides and rubber backed mats on the floor.
A few more things to do, but a storm is brewing and it's been a long hard weekend....I'm beat!