This is the second year we’ve had the greenhouse up and running on our property. I am THRILLED as you can imagine to have it and so very grateful to my husband, Ray for building this for us last May!
Some Background on the greenhouse…
We received about 50 sheets of tempered glass from our neighbour nearly 14 years ago – all leftover from the massive south-facing solarium he built on his new home.
We shunted the panes of glass over the years from basement – to shed – to side of house during garage construction and then finally into the garage when all was said and done. Needless to say, it was a mammoth undertaking each time we moved them because of their weight and the care we had to take trying not to break them.
We did of course, lose some to pressure cracks and smashups over the years.
The intent was always to use these for a greenhouse but our priorities pushed the actual build WAY DOWN on the list.
Like most of the projects we’ve tackled over the years, ‘timing is everything‘.
So, following a tear-down of the rotted side deck and installation of a small stone patio off the kitchen we both stood back, surveyed all the leftover roman bricks, sand and A-base and thought…
“Hmmm…you know, that space next to the vegetable garden and off the patio would be PERFECT for a greenhouse!”
With the rented compactor still hanging around, Ray set to work clearing the sod, measuring the base, creating forms out of pressure treated ground contact 6 x 6 lumber and then set the brick flooring in place.
The following spring, with a good base in place and a healthy dose of sunshine from Mother Nature – Ray was able to complete the greenhouse build in record time! Three weeks – WOW!
Then it was down to me to ‘TRICK OUT’ the greenhouse – now THAT was fun!
I had so many little treasures from friends and family that were just WAITING for a place to be…the old Tomato thermometer from my Dad, decorative bird houses my sister-in-law Margaret picked out for my Mom years before…light catchers from my girlfriend Alix…on and on – oh yes, and some actual garden tools and pots for the actual business of gardening. Make no mistake – this is a working greenhouse! 🙂
Next – we needed a few windows in the greenhouse and one in particular, that would open for ventilation.
My brother Jim, and his wife Margaret had given us a couple of beautiful lead came window inserts many years before…and for the longest time we weren’t exactly sure how or where we would use them – suddenly it became very clear where they belonged! Straightened out and re-framed, they now have a new and useful life in the greenhouse.
What’s growing in the greenhouse?!
I shared in my vegetable garden post a few weeks ago that I am growing eggplant this year. I have never grown them before – but I know they do like it HOT and they can be grown in pots.
The season is still young, but I’m really curious to see how they grow…and they will DEFINITELY get quite large…MAYBE two per pot is asking a bit much – we shall see!
PEPPERS – last year as well as this year the greenhouse has been home to our peppers…and they ❤️ it!
Varieties I’m growing: Chili Grande (hot), Jalapeno, Sweet Heat and Sweet Pepper Gypsy
Sweet hanging basket treats!
Plants can sprawl, climb and hang – and in the greenhouse, we ALWAYS have room for sweet treats that want to spill over from above! This year – it’s ever-bearing strawberries (our dog Max enjoys these!) and some Tumblr cherry tomatoes 🍅
Last year we had some great success growing climbing tomatoes in the greenhouse…I ran a line up to the hangars to train the growing vines on – and by summer’s end these plants were hitting the ceiling of the greenhouse!
I hope you enjoyed the greenhouse tour and as always I wish you GROWING successes in your garden…and in your life – have a wonderful week everyone!
Next week I’ll have another Plant Profile – one of my all-time perennial favourites – to share with you…and an upcoming video of how the vegetable garden is growing and steps to keep it HAPPY and HEALTHY!
Garden lovers welcome💚
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