Tinkering Away

I've been gradually tinkering away at the garden shed. A few tasks are underway that are necessary before the next big step for the outside - painting! I've been busy sealing up the cracks around all the openings with caulk. I think I'm just over halfway done with the caulking on the outside. The caulking around the big windows on the east and west sides is now finished as well as the front right window but the other windows and the trim around the windows is still in progress.The caulk is important to maintain the garden shed's temperature in the winter but right now is turning it into a hot house. I need to get an automatic vent opener I can use to open the vent window in the back of the shed.Once I get the caulking complete (which should only be a few more work hours) I can begin…

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Using Brackets for DIY Corners on Raised Beds

Bracket Holding the Corner of a Raised Bed - From my Dad's Garden Usually I screw deck screws through each of the boards to attach the corners of my raised beds but using brackets to hold them together does work better. With the screw in method I find after a while that the corners begin to rot, the screws begin to loosen, and the corner doesn't hold together. By using cheap and simple brackets available at any hardware store you can add a little longevity to those raised beds in the vegetable garden and keep the raised bed corners intact longer.  The corner brackets use multiple screws which help hold the wood together much better when pieces of the wood begin to rot. While the hardware stores sell all kinds of brackets that are meant for construction they can easily be used to make your raised beds! Look here for…

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Siding on the Greenhouse Shed…Again

Before this weekend I made a big list on what I wanted to accomplish and one of those tasks was finishing the siding on the greenhouse shed. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to complete it but I did manage to complete some large and tricky areas. When it comes to projects and time my ideas are always bigger than my watch.The trickiest parts were around the braces for the greenroof overhang. On one side of the brace was 5/16" while the other side was around 2". Cutting the areas around these spots was very time consuming. The cement fiber board was fragile around small cuts and I went through each spot twice before fixing usable pieces to the greenhouse. I may need to come back to add more trim to dress things up a little. The siding in the gable area still needs installed but I'm still debating on…

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Installing the Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

This past weekend while the weather was looking pretty close to awesome we re-made the roof window on my greenhouse shed. The first attempt was leaking in a couple small spots which prompted me to re-think the whole design before the project was too far along. I found out while I was removing the first attempt that if I had just caulked underneath two of the clamps I used to hold the windows in place everything would have been fine! Two small spots created a drip which seeped along the window and made contact with the plywood roofing underneath. It wasn't a good situation for the plywood but a little extra silicone in two spots would have done the trick.Still, I think I came up with a better solution in the end.Here's What I Used2 -12 foot long pieces of composite decking. 5 1/4" width.3" deck screws1- 2"x2"6" wide pieces…

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Putting Siding on the Greenhouse Shed

It’s been a little while since my last greenhouse shed update but things are coming along. It’s been difficult to deal with the cold temperatures and find suitable days to work but that’s the challenge of working on an outdoor project in the winter. Lately we’ve been focusing on applying siding to the solid areas of the building. I picked out a siding that is a cement board siding which is constructed with a wood grain look imprinted. Originally I was going to use wood siding but this type of siding will last up to 50 years and is very resistant to termites and weather. (Really who would want to eat cement?) It’s primed and ready to be painted whenever the weather is suitable! On the left side of the greenhouse are our patio doors that we retrofitted into the sides of the building. Cutting the siding to fit the…

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Greenhouse Security

Despite recent events at the White House the security of my greenhouse shed just won't ever be as good as that of the Secret service. Since it is also a shed and will be housing my lawnmowers, weedeater, various garden tools, hoses, and all the plants I hope to propagate I need something to keep people out. Tools don't walk out by themselves do they? Our neighborhood is a very safe one but you never know when something could happen. My goal is to make sure the greenhouse shed is easily accessible through our own house key which means I may have to visit a locksmith at some point. My biggest issue right now is the front door deadbolt lock. It came with the set of French doors that I put on the front of the greenhouse and it's extremely corroded due to age and the weather. Ideally I would…

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Putting Up Greenhouse Wall Posts

Yesterday I promised you pictures of the greenhouse project so today here are a few. It doesn't look like much here in the beginning but the work we did today was very important. Today my father and I put in the posts. Posts set in concrete was the best option for the shed-greenhouse idea that I wanted. Originally when I was thinking about building a shed I considered the pier idea. That works fine for shed but due to the amount of glass going into this and the fact that I wanted good drainage for inside the greenhouse I needed a porous surface like gravel.Here's what we accomplished on the greenhouse today: Set nine 10 foot long 4x4 posts into the ground 18 inches with 6 inches of gravel below. I may have used more or less gravel per post depending upon what was needed get them level.Leveled and aligned…

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The Greenhouse Project: Still Digging…

This weekend found me still digging the greenhouse foundation out. Digging out a 10'x16' area by yourself takes some time, especially when it rains more often than not. But in gardening, as in life, you take what comes and do the best you can with what you have. In three digging sessions I excavated three 4'x8' areas to eventually remove all the sod and much of the soil from the area. I still have to clean more soil from the area, dig and level a little more of the area, and add three more corner post holes plus post holes where the doors will eventually go before any serious construction can begin. So here's the result of the "big dig." That was a lot of dirt!What's next you ask?Gravel, Setting posts in concrete, framing...(lots of other things too but these are the most immediate things to do)When? Hopefully soon! October is usually…

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