Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Greenhouse Update Spring 2020

We spent the last week of April working on greenhouse projects, getting ready for the planting season.  There are a few last-minute things to do, but we're just about ready to move plants into this beautiful space.

Our fist build this year was a potting bench.  I wanted a dedicated space for transplanting and potting things.  This build came together quickly, no plans used, built out of what we had leftover from other projects.  I hung most of my garden tools alongside the bench.  I can't wait to start using it.  The red pot is waiting for herbs to live in it.


Build number two, a 16-foot box for raised bed gardening along the side wall of the greenhouse.  Built with 2x10 boards, and it's 20 inches wide.  We've lined the box with weed stopper cloth, as we opted for no bottom.  We just need to fill it with dirt, much like we do with about half of the other pots and planter boxes.


The third build was a planter box ladder on the inside front wall.  I plan to put herbs and lettuce in this guy.  I can't want to see if full and green.  We used the Cedar Vertical Tiered Ladder Garden Planter plans from Ana White and adjusted them to fit our needs.  Our is wider than the plans and we opted to use 1x6 boards in place of the Cedar Fence Pickets.  We had enough leftover that I got one more long box and two short boxes for our tables.


The final build this year was the second 8-foot table.  We built one of these a couple years ago, and have the hardware to build a third, but our idea for the inside layout has changed since then.  This table is built using 2x4s and plywood with these brackets.  This concept makes for an easy build of a sturdy table.  We'll be using the leftover building wrap we have to cover the table to protect it from water damage.


Our containers are all set for this year and are nearly ready for planting, just need to fill a few of them with a bit more garden dirt.  We stated with the 5-gallon buckets and tomato watering system similar to these from GroBucket a few years ago.  Then added the 18-gallon homemade version two years ago.  This is a simple set up, again using a lot of what we already had on hand.  We bought the 18-gallon totes and PVC pipe, then used rocks and window screen material along with this idea I found on Pinterest.  The water goes into the pipe and is filled to the level of rocks at the bottom.  We've had good success growing tomatoes using this type of system.  While the 5-gallon bucket only holds one plant, the 18-gallon version will hold two.  The photo below was taken when I wrote the Gardening is Always an Experiment Here article; the snow has since melted.


There will be various other containers added to the tables, once the greenhouse stays warm enough to move everyone out to their new homes.  I have lots of transplanting and container swapping to get done.  I'm eager to get the garden started and get plants into this space, but we need the temps at night to stay warmer consistently.

I'll share more about planting and things once we've moved all of our starters into the greenhouse.  Remember I do use affiliate links.  If you use my links I get a little kickback at no additional cost to you.

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