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Old 04-21-2014, 04:19 PM
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Show off your homemade greenhouses


I am looking for some ideas for starting seeds in winter & keeping young plants alive when garden sites ship things to early for me to plant in zone 5.

I have a great windowsill for them, but unfortunately my cats decided yesterday that their tooshies on the ledge are more important than my plants getting sun and knocked over my butterfly bush onto the carpet and got dirt everywhere.

So! I'm looking for some ideas and know you guys have them. I'd love to get a big old greenhouse, but unfortunately there's no budget for that right now and this morning glory growout has got me seed obsessed.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:25 AM
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I do not have a photo of my sisters greenhouse/hoop house she just built.
They took conduit pipe (can use PVC pipe) and make a frame with this and cover with poly. Could have free standing or attached to house or out building.
Looks very nice and moveable if needed.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:18 AM
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I bought a small one from Big Lots a few month ago and, with the aid of a space heater, was successfully able to to raise my seedlings in it.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:42 AM
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Thank you both for the feedback. I'm going to look into both of these and weigh my options. We have a big lots close by, I will go see if they still have them. I never even considered that they'd have gardening stuff.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:45 AM
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I got the mid size one, rectangular with 2 sections of shelves on either side. They also have one that a little larger with 3 sections of shelves, one octagon shaped and another smaller one that's just a set of shelves. All have clear plastic zip closed covers.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:47 AM
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Here's a pic of it when I was just starting to fill it up.


I ended up also getting the standup 5-shelve unit that fit perfectly between the two rows in the back because I just plain ran out of room for everything.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:48 AM
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Vivey - so do you have yours indoors or outdoors? Sorry if that's a silly question.
I'm definitely going to go look at them! I'm guessing at big lots it wasn't too expensive then??
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:49 AM
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Oh wow! That is huge. That'd be perfect... you said you got a heater for yours? I'm in zone 5 so I'd definitely need a heater.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:51 AM
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I got it on sale for $59 (but normally $69). The next size if $99, the octagon one is something like $139. The single shelving unit is something like $30. Haven't been watching to see if they've gone on sale again yet or not.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:53 AM
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I just used a regular space heater and set it down about as low as it would be. It kept the temp around 45-50 even when it got down into the mid to low 20's outside. You just have to make sure you don't forget to open the door and not bake the poor little babies on warm sunny days.
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Thanks I will check them out! $69 isn't bad for one that size. The other places I've looked have been like several hundred dollars. Can I ask what kind of heater you use?
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:56 AM
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Just a plain old electric space heater. It normally lives in my office here at work because it can get a little chilly in here. I don't know the brand, but it wasn't expensive.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:56 AM
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Oh duh! I'm so new to this stuff if you can't tell. We already have a tiny space heater. So you left it on all the time unless it got warm outside then?

Thanks so much for all your advice. I sure hope big lots still has these.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:00 PM
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If it got into the at least the mid 40's during the day I would turn it off. And, if sunny, roll up the door. The greenhouse isn't made for year around, constant use. It's lightweight material and needs to be weighted down. I know some have put concrete blocks or bricks on the bottom shelves. My husband used conduit straps and screwed it down the porch decking.

This is the first year I've tried using one and love it. I just didn't have enough room in the house under the lights for all my seeds. I just might try lettuce and other cold season veggies this winter in it or in the upright one.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:05 PM
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Perfect - thanks so much for the tips. I am going to check out Big Lots and see if they still have them! I tend to get a lot of plants I order online WAY too early and I need a place to keep them... and my new obsession w/ starting things from seeds.

We have tons of bricks laying around I can use. Thanks again - this was super helpful!
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