Setting Up the Greenhouse

We purchased a 6′ x 8′ greenhouse kit from Harbor Freight, on clearance of course, late last spring. This spring we set about putting it up.

First, the hand made mini-greenhouse had to be removed. Then we added gravel to the spot to build it up a bit.
A base was built out of 4×4′s and placed on cinder blocks that were embedded in the gravel. This was just for a little extra support.

A sturdy level foundation.

A sturdy level foundation.

Two metal rebar rods were pounded through the frame and into the ground, again for additional support.
We followed the manufacture’s directions for assembly. To be honest they were not very clear, but this video helped a lot.

The basic frame.

The basic frame.

When we were all set, some shelves that were scoffed from the craft room went inside to get ready for plants. We also added a hi-lo thermometer, just to be sure the temperatures were okay overnight.

Ta da!

Ta da!

It has been a very cold spring this year here in northeast Pennsylvania, and we are still seeing overnight lows below freezing. Arrgh.

Unfortunately, the plastic greenhouse did not hold the daytime warmth well overnight. So we added a black trash can that was partially filled with water, and some plastic inside the door to just shore things up a bit. The water will warm up during the day, and slowly release that warmth overnight.

Solar heating and a spot for a tomato plant.

Solar heating and a spot for a tomato plant.

Plastic by the door helps hold the warmth in.

Plastic by the door helps hold the warmth in.

Our intention is to also add some weatherstripping, and probably set up a heater as well. We want to see how long into the winter we can still have fresh veggies. Hopefully, that will be right into next spring.

Starting with the cold hardy plants first.

Starting with the cold hardy plants first.

Just the thought of having a real fresh tomato in the late fall or even winter is reason enough for us to try to extend the season. Can you imagine?

So we’ll keep you updated in case you are also considering a greenhouse.
And yes, we will be having fun playing with our new garden toy.

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