|Check out my $50 greenhouse!
|It's not gorgeous, but I have spinach
already, and last weekend we had hail
and snow. Yes, in April. (Welcome to
Ohio.) Anyway, I built a simple H shape
out of scrap lumber, and buried the legs
under the front end arch of my hoop
house. Then I cobbed the old wooden
screen door right off the back of my
house, cut it down by 16 inches with a
circular saw and reattached the screen.
My kids were really amused. They told on
me when their daddy got home from work.
"Mommy took the screen door right off the
house!" He just sighed and went to Home
Depot to buy another one. He's a good
|So we're all pretty happy. My kids are
impressed. After I took these pix I did one
more thing: I drove wooden stakes along
the side walls, screwed eyes (like from
hook and eyes) into the top of each one,
then ran a thin white nylon cord across the
top of the hoop house in gap between
each "rib". Then I used two small bungee
cords to attach the rope to the stakes, one
on either side. When the wind really
blows, the hoop house puffs out like it's
going to sail to the neighbor's... so the
tie-downs seem to keep it a bit more
secure, and not so flappy when it's windy.
Anyway I just had to show you these
pictures because I'm really happy. This is
my kind of project. It cost almost nothing, I
could do it by myself in a weekend,and I
am going to have the earliest tomatoes in
this part of Ohio. ;0)
|It was really amazing how quickly a patch
of wintered-over garden became a
dwelling of sorts. It must be the same
thrill neanderthal women got from arching
those big mammoth tusks, pulling skins
over them and having a nice warm house.
I built a few cold frames inside my hoop
house with bricks I pulled out of the
dumpster at the Unitarian Universalist
church (where they're remodeling)and
topped the bricks with old storm windows.
I made a similar "H" out of boards for the
back of the hoop house, and made kind of
a window by cutting a flap of plastic out
that I can open and close to ventilate.