Some Greenhouse Photos

wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)October 31, 2007

We built my 10x16 greenhouse 5 years ago. After taking a propagation course at the local college and being able to use their GH for several months, I decided I couldn't live without one. :)

We used salvaged windows for the glass, salvaged doors, an old deck for 1/2 the floor and the other half is discounted paving stone. The walls that aren't glass are insulated and the north side of the roof is insulated and asphalt shingles. Several back and side windows open, I tie the doors open and there is an automatic venting window in the roof near the ridgeline.

I have electricity, a telephone and fill a 50 g. barrel from a hose for water. I recently added a 3 tiered light stand, I found used and will use my heat mats on it this winter. We built benches from folding table legs and 1x1 deck ballisters spaced out on a wood frame. My potting table is a recycled kitchen counter with new paint and hardware. We built a sliding bin under the sink to store ProMix.

A pool cover goes over it for winter and it's heated to 45-50* at night and attains 80-85* during a sunny day. It's heated with a oil filled electric space heater. In the summer, I lower bamboo shades on the south front windows.

I built it so I could grow perennials from seeds and divisions and start shrubs from cuttings to increase my acre garden (which I do) but it has become a source of income in that I started having a huge plant sale yearly. Starting in Feb. for seeds and March for divisions, I start churning out perennials thru the GH, then coldframe and onto a outdoor holding area until the plant sale. I sold 2,000+ plants in about 6 hours this year!

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Thanks for posting these! (I can see them all that other thread I just see a large empty box with a red X where your photos used to appear...don't know what others see.)

Your yard, greenhouse and plant sale look so immaculate and well-ordered. A pleasure to look at, and very impressive. My DH perked up his ears when I read your sentence about using the GH to generate income...I told him not to get his hopes up! :-)

    Bookmark   October 31, 2007 at 11:25PM
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That is just WONDERFUL!! And what a BIG plus it is to take something you love to do and make money doing it!! Thanks for posting the pictures. It's so very interesting to me to see how other people do this. Your's is beautiful, all of it.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 1:17AM
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greenhouser(Middle TN Zone 6)

That's fantastic! A self supporting hobby. How on earth did you fit all those flats in that small GH? Did you start some outside or in a large coldframe also?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 1:24AM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

Hello wyndyacre, Im just curious, do you use Mike McGroartyÂs system? John

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 9:26AM
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show off. that may be the best looking salvaged greenhouse I have ever seen. nicely done.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 9:34AM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Thank you all for the kind comments.
I think my photos on the other threads disappeared because I did some arranging into albums in Photobucket, after I had posted them. I'll know not to do that again.

Well, the generating money from the GH just evolved as I needed some extra income (I only work seasonally)and I needed to keep my acre garden under control. I hope to land a fulltime, year round job eventually and not have to do the sale. It's fortunate that I enjoy propagating but it is an enormous amount of work and I hope to get my life back one day!

John-I don't think I'm using Mike McGroarty's system. I don't know what it is. :) Enlighten me?

Greenhouser-I don't fit all those flats in there at once. I start digging plants from my garden in March or as soon as the ground thaws and make small divisions into 3" pots. I grow them on for a week or two in the GH and as they are quite hardy, then move them out to the coldframe.
When the next batch is ready, I move the coldframe plants outdoors and GH plants to the CF and start all over again.
Since different perennials come up earlier than others, I start digging those first and somehow it all works out in the end.
Of course plants started from seed get a little more TLC and get hardened off more gradually.

It does tend to get a little crowded in there when I'm in full swing.

Then they get moved to the coldframe...

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 6:29PM
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ole_dawg(7 UpCountry SC)

Damn, you can sell them Yankees anything I think. I have been selling them little pieces of wood for unGodly prices. Stick it to 'em. The South Has risen again. LOL

1eyedJack and the Dawg

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 6:38PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Hi ole dawg
I am from the south!.....of Canada. :)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 7:04PM
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I've been thinking about this thread all day. It's so nice to see the fruits of your labor...the more I look at the photos, the more I can see how much attention to detail has gone into every step of your growing process and spaces.

There's something very encouraging about it all (especially for those of us who are still learning, and have things in, um, a bit more disarray.) :-) I'd come to your plant sale but the drive would be a killer!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 7:21PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Thank you Mudhouse! It's certainly been a learning process. I had a little advantage from attending a college greenhouse for a while but of course I couldn't afford all the bells and whistles of a "real" GH.
I've learned a lot from this forum-about solar pool covers (Thanks Cactusfreak) and Aluminet and been inspired by others GH's. And I've changed small things over the years as I learned what worked and what didn't.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 8:12PM
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Picture 5 up there......what are the purple flowers?? right in front of the GH....very pretty!!
Also what are the very tall trees in the background of some of the shots?? I love all the pictures, like MudHouse I've looked them over several times.............
Pat .........

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 9:20PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Pcan-the flowers are Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation', a fall planted bulb that blooms in late May.

The trees are Norway Spruce. My house is a 1926 schoolhouse I'm restoring and the school children planted the trees in 1939 on Arbour Day. I found a history book about the schools of my County and mine was in the book with that tidbit of information.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 9:52PM
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greenhouser(Middle TN Zone 6)


That has got to be a lot of work. Very time consuming. That's why I stopped propagating pond and swamp plants.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 10:07PM
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squirrellypete(z7b AL)

Wyndyacre....LOVE your greenhouse and garden area. Very close to what I envision my little piece of heaven to resemble one day. Something with rustic charm using salvaged and recycled items that still has a prevailing cohesion and is pleasing to the eye. You have done an awesome job. I'm just getting started so I'm glad I saw your me lots of ideas!

Question: In reading your process of potting divisions in the greenhouse then on to the coldframe, you also have to use any kind of pool cover/insulation for your coldframe on really nippy nights?


    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 1:32AM
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j_nail(5 Eastern WA)

WOW!!! I'm so awed and inspired! I'm currently a Greenhouse/Nursery student at my local CC and plan on staying on a third year to finish my Landscape/Turf degree as well. In my dream world, I would like to have a small Greenhouse/Nursery set-up and do some professional Landscape Architecture design work (on a VERY small scale, private contractor with only a couple clients I do designs for in the winter when it's slow). My brain works almost the same way you've depicted your set-up here. Started for personal reasons, then developed into a way of "supporting your habit"! Too cool! I LOVE IT!!!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 2:41PM
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jaime_i_luv_plants(z6 Indiana)

WOW! Man are you tidy! that looks fabulous and I am envious. I buy plants from a little old lady who does just the same thing your doing every spring. Just being nosey, but how much do you usually charge for your plants in your area? Her sale is usually in April here in SW Indiana and her prices range from 50 cents for small mums to 4.00 for like a decent size corral bells

Can I pick your brain since you actually went to school for this? I see your starting Canna's in there and I am bringing in a lot of my gardening plants into my gh for the winter. Are Cannas good to keep in the gh overwinter, or should I hack them down and dig up the bulbs til next spring? I brought some in last year and the foilage lived, but didn't seem to grow or flower. And how about Elephant Ears? I have about the same temps in the gh as you. Heater set to come on at 50 degrees and exhaust fans come on at 85 degrees.

thanks for any comments and your pics are great.

p.s. I tried to visit your homepage (from your bio)and it said the account it locked. Is your homepage gone?

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 6:06PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Thanks again everyone.

Squirrellypete-I don't require any additional covering over the coldframe at that time of the spring. I'm moving perennials out there that were already starting to come up before I dug and divided them, so they are quite hardy.

Jaime-I sell 3" pots for $1, 6-8" pots for $2, quart pots for $3.
I cut back, dig and store my cannas in the basement for winter. I pot them up by late March to get them going for summer. Cannas and EE's are slow to get growing with cool temps in the greenhouse at night; they love heat. If I have room, I put them on my heat mats but that doesn't happen too often.
I used to have a photo album of garden pictures at Yahoo that I posted on my Bio but they stopped hosting photos recently. I'm starting to build some albums again at Photobuckets but it's slow going with dialup service.

J nail-Good luck with your Greenhouse/Nursery course. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in school at the CC where I took the Horticulture Apprenticeship Program. I really used my space in the greenhouse and took home all kinds of plant material afterwards. Cuttings of burning bush, mock orange, purple sandcherry, silverleaf dogwood, blue mist, butterfly bushes, threadleaf cypress are now mature size shrubs in my garden.

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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

So, this summers project has been renovating our 20x20 shed at the front of my property. It has already gone thru a couple transformations over the last 12 years. It was built using old barn beams for the frame and was sheathed in rotten plywood with no doors when I moved here. Supposedly it housed the teacher's horse and buggy when this place was a school.
I built swinging doors for the bay, built a horse stall inside, cut a hole and built a door to access the storage loft and sided the building with old barn board and pine shingles at the gable ends. Of course gardens were installed around it. :)
In the beginning:

Over the years a sliding door replaced the swinging one, more windows were added, a rose arbour on the front and a wisteria arbour over the entrances. My horse passed away to the great pasture in the sky and the shed became a studio for me to make cement stepping stones and my partner to create metal garden sculptures. We added track lighting and folding wall tables for displaying things when on the local Studio Tour. We found a cute-as-a-button woodstove but it won't be hooked up until the roof is replaced.
Oh, I also park my motorcycles in there. :)

Became this:

I wanted to begin tying the looks of all my various buildings together so this spring we started residing the shed to match the greenhouse, tractor/pot shed and house addition.
We used the same dark green stained barnboard, added another sliding door on the opposite side so I can drive my bikes straight thru and the crowning touch was new cedar doors that contrast nicely with the green. The cedar was "rescued" from an old sauna that was being torn down. We still have some left and I'd like to build a cupola from it for the shed.

I stained the nearby covered gateway to match and we replaced the rotted posts on the wisteria arbour. This week, I dug and installed a small pond near the door. It will have water bubbling up thru a mill stone and cascading over the edge. I still need to add rocks and plants and run the pump electrical wires thru the wall. With a heat element, we may get it running this winter.

I'm finally bringing it all together and finding a place for some of the various decorative items, like the old wheels, that I've had kicking around for years.
I'm still stripping the sod to enlarge the front garden and wrap it around to the new back entrance. I'll dig in compost when done and plant it up next spring with a ornamental cherry tree, some shrubs and lots of bulbs and perennials.

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jaime_i_luv_plants(z6 Indiana)

all I can say is wow, you are truly blessed and talented.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 11:53AM
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You are Very talented indeed!!! This is exactly the kind of place you drive by - and MAKE husband turn around and "go back!! I want to see that again!!" ...LOL.....
And all of the things you have collected up to accent with - well they just really pull it all together. I have really enjoyed all of your pictures. You do wonderful work!!

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 3:05PM
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orchiddude(+7b ALabama)

This looks really great! Nice and neat. YOU have done a great job.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 3:27PM
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j_nail(5 Eastern WA)

Thanks for the encouragement! I really need it right now with the cold weather coming and both my partner and I being laid off for the winter. It's hard to stick it out with the thought that I could be working instead, but I know it will be worth it in the end!!!
I look forward to someday having a set up of any kind (let alone one so spectacular!!!) First steps are to finish school and buy some property (lol!). By the way, I forgot to mention before that I also really respect above anything how much reclaimed materials you've used. BRAVO!!!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 12:53AM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND) and your partner have done a fantastic job. I love the antique feel your buildings portray. Very impressive. Do either of you have carpenter experience? You are very very talented to create such a beautiful, asthetically pleasing place.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 8:41AM
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Really nice! What more can I say.

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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

I finished caulking my GH windows shut for the winter and got the rock for my pond today. The weatherman is calling for snow on Wed! :(
But it won't last at this time of year and I'll still get some more projects done I hope.

Ladylotus-we just both have "life experience" carpentry skills. LOL! I just bought a crow bar, sledge hammer, skill saw and a construction book when I bought this property 12 years ago and waded into it. When I met Doug 7 years ago I was just fortunate that he was such a handy guy and enjoyed these projects too.
Actually, my neighbours were pretty doubtful when a lone 34 y/o woman moved into "their" school and started throwing lumber and plaster out the window (especially when she pulled her Harley out of the shed in the spring, hehe) but now they're pretty approving and thrilled that someone that loves the old place is fixing it up.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 10:29PM
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You've done wonderful things there! I love the story about the school kids planting the trees on Arbor day in 1939!

Our last home was a 1930's farmhouse we spent 13 years restoring. Not a historical structure (like yours) in any sense, but over the years I kept a messy folder with tidbits of info about previous owners or the house. Articles in county history books, deeds from the courthouse, etc. One day a woman walked into our shop and said her family had owned it in the 1940's, and she gave us xeroxed family photos taken in the yard. We were thrilled!

When we put the house up for sale, I organized all the stuff and put it in a notebook with a 1940 photo on the cover. In the back was a list of previous owners, with a blank space for the new owner. I think the documented history helped the appeal of the place (the appraiser turned out to be an old house/history buff, can't hurt!) More importantly, the information is saved for the future. All those great stories get lost in the mists of time if no one ferrets them out like you have. Good for you! :-)

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 11:47AM
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I love your greenhouse. We have friends in Wasilla, Alaska who have one very similar to yours. I would love to have copies of yours to send him. Is this possible?
I'd have to print them for him, he claims a computer is too difficult to learn at his age.
I know he would get a kick out of your's.
Thanks very much in advance.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 6:52PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Wonderful. Everything. The greenhouse, barn/shed, landscaping, stories. Love it. What a wonderful job. My kitchen isn't that tidy, let alone my greenhouse or shed......

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 12:21PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Thanks everyone. :)

Betsybr- I'll try to email you a couple pictures.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 2:01PM
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I just came across this Thread; and thought i would post. Just BEAUTIFUL!! aND very neat and tidy! Iam going to put out vibes to the universe, so i can have what you have.....ommmmmmmmmmmm.........
I was wondering do you have any winter pics'?Thank you for posting the pictures!
Also.... the coldframes were great! Blessings for you and your family in 2008! Happy New year!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2007 at 1:30PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Some winter pics of the GH and garden....

The bird feeding "station" has cabin, tower and suet feeders in the winter with mixed, sunflower and niger seed.

My Savanah Girl statue was bought in Florida, so the cement used to make her is not winter safe. She is laid down for the winter to make sure she does not crack from water freezing in her bowls.

The large white martin house is an antique-over 60 years old and restored after being rescued from a local farm.

The main arbour was built from salvaged hydro poles. The smaller arbours are built from old cedar rail fencing.

Someday all the windows in my old schoolhouse home will be restored to full size again.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2007 at 6:20PM
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Marisha(z6 sw OH.)

Wyndyacre, your place is SO inspiring! I'm drooling on my keyboard here! I haven't been on this forum for ages and while visiting last evening I was so impressed with your place I sent you a PM asking for info on heating your GH. I see now that you are in the same zone as I am so we probably would have similar heating needs. Do you keep your GH heated all winter or do you just start heating it in March when you bring in the divisions? Also, what kind of potting mix do you use? Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 12:37PM
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zengeos(5 Maine)

That arbor is similar to mine only wider. Lucky you...larger shrubs and trees to break up the monotony. Hopefully I'll have a little more visual interest as I get things growing.


    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 1:19PM
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THANKYOU for the winter photos. I love your garden.
I find myself coming back to your pictures. I really LOVE your garden!!!!!!!!!! Iam still sending those vibes out to the universe................OOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmMMMMMmmmmmmmmMMMMM.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 3:28PM
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"My Savanah Girl statue was bought in Florida, so the cement used to make her is not winter safe. She is laid down for the winter to make sure she does not crack from water freezing in her bowls. "

Very nice, very nice in deed! Great balance of nature/sculptures.

I was told that you can put a small block of foam in the bowl to take up water's expansion and thus prevent cracking the bowl.



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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Thanks everyone for your comments!
I know this thread is getting photo heavy and could take a long time to load for those on dialup. I sympathize....especially since I'm on dialup myself!

Marisha-I've answered your email but I forgot to say I use ProMix (a commercial non-soil blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite, plus a small shot of fertilizer) for my seed starting and sticking cuttings. I buy the largest bag of it, it comes compressed in plastic "bales". It cost about $25 a bale here but could possibly be cheaper in the States.
That would be pretty expensive for potting for the plant sale though, so when potting I use compost obtained from the municipality and mix it with ProMix. Around a 4 to 1 ratio. The compost by itself is too dense and heavy. The ProMix lightens it up nicely. The plants are only in that mixture for a few months at the most,until they are sold and planted by someone.

Ohgirl-thanks for asking about winter photos. It's taken quite a few years of planning and planting for things to finally start having winter interest as well as summer flowers. I've been here 12 years and had to plant everything but the 70 year old spruces that ring the property. It was literally a blank slate.

Zengeos-I'm so glad I had those old spruce trees to start off with. I'm surrounded by empty farm fields in the winter. Talk about monotony! I've planted well over 300 shrubs and ornamental trees over the last 12 years. Some are finally getting to be a nice size.
Some fast growing ones are silver leaf dogwood, purple leaf sandcherry, viburnams, burning bush, spireas. Now I'm concentrating on things like magnolias, redbuds, japanese maples, hydrangeas, rhodos etc. I'm changing my garden into a woodland! :)

Dcarch-thanks for the tip on the foam. I've heard the same thing about placing a chunk of wood also. The bowls Savannah Girl are holding are quite shallow and I value her quite dearly so I prefer not to take a chance with her cracking. I thought about bringing her into the shed for the winter but she is also quite heavy, so I just lay her down. A friend owns a cement lawn ornament company and she advised me to do this rather than try and cover her with plastic, which would collect condensate on sunny days and then freeze at night.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 3:06PM
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re: Savannah Girl

You can also get a very small carbide drill bit to drill a small hole in the bowl to drain out water in the winter, and plug the hole when you need to fill the bowl with water.


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zengeos(5 Maine)

Wyndy...I am slowly planting trees and moderate success. 5 or 6 Col Blue Spruce, 2 Weeping Spruce, 2 Weeping White Pines, a half dozen lilacs, a half dozen decid azaleas....and a few others I forget.

Of course, the 8 upright willows in front...30' tall in 5 years not bad! helps give privacy in the summer (going to use branches from these in making some fedge structures this year, I think...

I also have a half dozen River Birch I planted as whips... several are almost 15 feet high and have quite pretty bark year round.

Still, compared to your plot mine looks barren!!! especially in Winter.

In a couple or 3 years, I hope this changes dramatically as the new beds mature.

My game plan is to continually expand my flower AND vbeggie beds. I've doubled both in size this year (actually tripled flower beds) and plan to double the flower gardens again next year. The beautiful thing is I am reaching a momentum where I have the basic fill lilies, hostas, and other hardy, easy to grow plants and just need to broaden my species.

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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Zengeos, the great thing about having the GH and coldframes and learning how to propagate, is that it is like owning your own nursery. With this extensive of a garden, I always have plants and shrubs that I can divide or "assist" in air layering then pot up, grow on in the GH or coldframe and stockpile for when I want to create a new bed or fill in a spot. Once you've bought a really nice variety of shrub, you can make as many as you like! Potted up right now, waiting for spring to plant are Cream Cracker Dogwood, Golden Ninebark, White Variegated Elder, Purple Smokebush and Doublefile Viburnam.
I've got a couple River Birch also-love them for the bark and the catkins that still cling to them in the winter. Would like to try to propagate them and plant a whole grove.
In a couple weeks, I'm going to stick cuttings of boxwood to make a low hedge around my raised bed veg garden. And I have a lot of redbud tree seeds I'm going to sow. I have 9 redbud trees already and love them-I want more!

You won't believe how fast your garden will mature in a few years. It's always surprising to look at photos that are a couple years old. Trees and shrubs seemingly grow without you ever noticing until you see an old photo.

Some well placed structures or art is important to giving the garden some winter interest as well. My garden is 1 acre in size and seemed very empty in the winter until I started building arbours, the GH and placing statues, bird houses and feeders, large pots and items of sculptural interest like a few farm wheels and implements. I didn't want things to look too cluttered-I'm aiming for a more formal, woodland look eventually. I admire the English estate gardens with mature trees and plantings and well placed art.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 6:35PM
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zengeos(5 Maine)

My garden structure of note is the 8x12 grape arbor. Had great grape production but haven't trained them...and REALLY need to do that this year.

Pic here:

This pic was taken in June. Since then I've torn the path apart and spread the existing plants out, while turning the whole thing into a fall bulb garden. Never done much with bulbs before, so not sure what I'll get come Spring, but it's a solid start. Put in a 2'tall flat fieldstone wall, as well as a timber wall 3' high by about 15' wide on the side of the house.

My thinking is, money and time and energy permitting I want to build a trellis out of copper pipe, as well as a simple freestanding trellis to go somewhere not yet decided upon yet.

Much of my time has been on the foundation *bones* the fieldstone walk, the 8x10 freestanding deck on the side, the retaining walls, and such. So much I want to do, so little time....

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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Wow, your arbour does look like mine! Mine is wider but it is also about 10 feet tall too. It is built of old electric poles.

I like your iris's. And I love the amount of woodland you have in the background! Is that your property also? I would be making paths thru there, adding understory ornamental trees like redbuds, dogwoods, service berries, rhodos and making hosta beds with other woodland plants. :)

Here's a link to your garden photo Zengeos. Garden web doesn't automatically turn urls into clickable links.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 7:14PM
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Since nobody else has come forward, I think I'll be the first. Can I have your greenhous? It's beautiful. Please, oh please...


    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 8:32PM
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I'm wondering if you have any pictures of the steps you took to build the cold frame? I have a few sliding glass doors that I am not going to use (was planning to do a whole GH from them...but bought the HFGH instead....Do you think I could make them work for a CF?

thanks for any tips!!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 11:47PM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Rjinga-We didn't build the coldframe ourselves....we got it for free! (Please don't hate me, LOL) When I was taking the Hort Course at the college, it was rotting away behind the GH. The first year, I asked if I could buy it but they wanted to keep it for a while. The second year, they offered it to me for free. I got a trailer and took it away that afternoon before they could change their mind!
I had to repair some hinges, replace missing screws that held the polycarbonate on, put some handles on the lids and stain it. And it had over 15 yellow jacket wasp nests in it!

I have to say I don't think the sliding glass doors would make very good cold frame lids. They a VERY heavy and would be difficult to lift. I also know from experience that the wind loves to grab stuff like that and fling it around. (Even the polycarbonate lids have been grabbed and ripped off before we devised a system that both props them open and holds them down, with broom sticks and bungee cords) I would hate to see the same thing happen to glass lids!

You could, perhaps, use them as the back wall of the cold frame and try to find something else to use as the lids. Even a wood frame with plastic sheeting stapled to it.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2008 at 5:36PM
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I LOVE your greenhouse! Either you or your hubby or both had really good ideas. I wish I were so creative. I wouldn't even know how to go about finding materials like that what you used to make your greenhouse. Wow, you sure had lots of customers! I think that's great and a super way to make some extra $ doing something that you enjoy. Do you live near a city? I never saw that many customers at the nurseries that are in our area but it's rural.
Where do you get your containers and potting soil? Best of luck to you with your greenhouse and sales.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2008 at 1:23AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Love the winter photos. Keep them coming. I don't have dial up anymore but if I did, I'd gladly wait to see more of your amazing garden and structures.

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pushindirt(z8 OR)

I had to wait :-(

    Bookmark   January 7, 2008 at 10:15PM
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I agree that the sliding glass doors would be too heavy for a lid...I had considered using them on the front and back sides. and then using something else on the rt and left sides and top. Well I can get a pretty good idea from the picture you posted of how to probably put it together. So I'll just have to get creative. (not my real email address BTW...when did this new requirement begin?)

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 12:34PM
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Wow, what a beautiful place you have created. You are not only a gardener and restorer, but an artist.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 9:12AM
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I am so glad I saw your post! Your gardens and structures are amazingly beautiful and inspiring!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 1:06PM
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I'm glad someone brought this thread back to life :) Wyndy has been my inspiration since I first decided to get a GH (My first plan was the sliding glass door route)...Since then of course I got the 10 X 12 HFGH, which has been fun to say the least, it's a work in progess for me. I grew so many veggies and herbs, I just had a ball and filled that GH up with stuff I was trying to grow. I also had very good success with it all so much so that I've been selling them to people to via ads on craigslist etc. I've more than paid for all my seeds, soil, perlite etc. NOTHING like wyndy's plant sale, but again, something to aspire to.

Love your whole setup

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 11:05PM
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Lovely pictures of your greenhouse and yard. I'm trying to figure out how to post some of my pics. Once i do that will send some as well. mojomick

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 2:00PM
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Wyndy - You are living the life that I was meant to live...and am working on. What a great set up you have.


    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:54AM
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You are so awesome. I do not think that you come back to this thread often but it is amazing that it is still looked at this often.

How did your plant sale go this year? And where oh where do you store all those plants after they come out of your coldframe?

I would love to do something like this! Where do you advertise for your sale?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 3:48AM
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wyndyacre(z6B SW Ont.)

Wow! This thread lives on....:)

Thanks for your continued comments. We've been busy this summer doing a little maintenance to the GH and the latest project which is making formal raised beds where the veggie garden once was in front of the GH.

Christieb-After 7 years of having the plant sale, I decided not to have one this year. I actually spent the whole winter and spring preparing for it, with tons of plant material, then a couple weeks before I would have started advertising I got a wonderful, full time, year round job!
The job is as a gas fitter for a natural gas distribution company and involves spending every other week in another city undergoing training all summer. So I decided I didn't have time and in fact, financially, I no longer needed to sell plants to make ends meet.
I still ended up selling almost everything on my little cart at the end of the driveway and had great fun giving away perennials to all my friends, relatives, coworkers, strangers on the street etc etc. LOL! I was like the Perennial Santa Claus. :)

Here's my little cart...

And here's my new raised beds just after we built them in May. There is a patio stone sidewalk to them and between them and there will be one between the GH and raised beds this fall too.
This area has always been deep with snowdrifts in the winter and collects water in the spring so it will be nice to have a solid walkway to shovel and walk on in the wet seasons.

Oh...and I stored the thousands of perennials, as they came out of the coldframe, on a woodchipped area in the corner of the yard near the GH. It would get preeeety crowded there before the sale. :)
And I advertised by posting flyers in all the small towns around my rural location, in the city 25 miles away and in 2 local newspapers. Also, after a few years I had tons of repeat customers that would tell their friends...word of mouth was a big bonus. I also started an email list and notified those on it about a month before the sale.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 5:13PM
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Glad you got a full time job that pays well. But don't forget to keep us all posted on what you are doing in your wounderful gardens. Love all your beautiful photos.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 7:53AM
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This is amazing!!!
how long did it take you to build?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 4:42AM
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Thank you for this wonderful thread. I am so inspired :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 9:10PM
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We require the information of Green House Gerbera Flower in India

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 2:31AM
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I have been saving windows, brick and lumber for years to build a greenhouse. I now have about 2 acres landscaped, planted and mulched and I am tired of starting my garden seedlings inside and moving them in and out when cold or storms arrive in the spring. I had the type of GH I wanted in my head but had a mental block to get it on paper. I have spent days on-line looking at plans and concepts. Today I stumbled on your pictures and they are the ideal starting point to design from. I joined "Village Garden" today just to say thank you for the inspiration. God Bless.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 8:41PM
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I just found this page a few of weeks ago and am in awe! Our neighbor had windows out for the trash and I grabbed them for a cold frame, but then I found this and now I've collected quite a few more square feet of windows (thank you, freecycle!)
Any tips on designing the greenhouse?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 3:42PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

design it around the windows you have or will have. That way you know they will fit.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 4:53PM
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Awe Inspiring! My dear husband is in the process of building me a greenhouse. I can not wait to "move in" and start playing in the dirt!!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 9:12PM
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