Projects on the homestead go like this: we just keep adding to the list (familiar with that stage?), and then about a year before project time comes, we look around at the resources we’ve accumulated and decide what either can get done, or what has to get done. We usually pick one or two for each year.
Our last spring frost in 2014 was June 30, and the first fall frost was August 28. There were a little less than two months without a frost. Our growing season is 70 days. You can only grow so much here without a green house… I need my greenhouse! Moving on…
What has kept us from getting this done?
Frustration and finances.
They just don’t make things like they used to. (So cliche, I know, but true.) No matter what we choose for an exterior, it’s going to break down with weather. By the time we find something that can withstand our winds and hail storms, it’s as much as a small vehicle.
We decided to compromise and get a clear plastic polyethylene film covering that is guaranteed for 4 years.
Believe it or not, when it caught on fire four years ago, all we did was put the fire out. So, there was a lot of cleaning to do. We had to pull what was left of the fiberglass sheets off. We removed all the screws holding them on and kept them. About half of what was inside was ruined, so we had to get rid of that stuff too.
The aluminum frame was broken in a few spots, so the Farmer spent a little while welding it back together.
Next we decided not to run the plastic all the way to the ground. First of all, critters would have an easy time chewing and ripping through. Second of all, it was costly, and probably not needed. We had saved several sheets of galvanized roofing from an old hay shed. We used four of these sheets and the same screws that came out of the aluminum frame to construct the bottom.
Then we unrolled the plastic. Since the greenhouse is 16 feet long, we thought it would be tight, but were pleasantly surprised. There was enough plastic on both ends to pull tight. We used some 1 x 1 scrap boards to roll the bottoms tight and screw to the tops of the tin. (Click any picture to enlarge.)
We found some plexi-glass in one of the barns that we will cut to fit the door, and we’re constructing a flap for the back that I will be able to open during the warmer weather.
The outer shell is almost complete, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have some time before it needs to be ready for use, but I’m already dreaming of getting started in there.
What is your most recent recycling project?