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Anyone build a greenhouse in Reno?

Posted by themayocynic NV Z5 (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 4, 12 at 3:23

Hi all,

Has anyone built a greenhouse in the Reno area? If so, I would love to hear what you used, how you might be heating it and if it can allow you to grow during winter or if it's simply a season extender. I would use it for vegetables.

I have tried the pvc hoop house option with very little success. The plastic cover never seems to stay where it should, especially if there are strong winds like in early spring. No amount of stakes and river rock seem to help.

My wish list is for it to be something I can stand in and isn't permanent in case I have to take it down. I don't want to pour a foundation but if someone got creative with cinder blocks, I would be very open to that. Kits are so expensive though once in awhile Harbor Freight has an incredible deal on their 6' x 8'.

I have access to buy used windows of various sizes and have kicked around that possibility as well. Before I do that though, I would like to know if it's worth it, or if I just buy a few to build cold frames for my raised beds.

Thank you in advance!


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RE: Anyone build a greenhouse in Reno?

Wondering if you built your greenhouse. I'm getting ready to do a low tunnel on a raised bed, hoping the wind won't be too much of an issue. I have never come across any used windows, but would also like to do at least a cold frame. ANYthing to overcome even a little of our delightful weather.


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RE: Anyone build a greenhouse in Reno?

I am not in Reno, I am in Winnemucca. I have built a green house here but it is not a conventional styled one. I plan to be hearing it with a little buddy propane heater this winter because of our severe weather this last year.
This green house was originally a harbor Freight 10X12 that I had when I lived in Fairview. I would advise you NOT to rely on the crappy aluminum frame that comes with the HF green house kits.
I had this green house assembled with the original aluminum frame in Fairview and even with a foundation and stakes , the wind there tossed it into the neighbors yard 3 houses away. The winds here are far worse then there so when it was time to set up the green house, I went and picked up some heavy duty pallets in the size I needed, a box of wood screws, four pier blocks, a box of self tapping screws and 6 t-posts.
I used the polly panels from the HF kit and built from there. The panels are the only good part of that kit. In fact, they are the only reason I would buy another kit in the future.
The green house has held up beautifully and even kept a 55 gallon drum of water thawed enough to use even when our temps hit -22 this winter when every thing else was frozen solid. Only because I never let the barrel get to low though.
Since it is all screws, it is easily disassembled and moved should I ever need to move it or if I need to replace any panels in the future.
You will definetly need good cross ventilation cause it gets very hot other wise. You will also want some shade cloth to hang durring the peak of summer.
It is only about 46 right now and in the green house with the door shut , it is well over 90 in there.

Good luck with your green house, hope this helps.


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