Making Plant Benches from Scrap Lumber

You can't have a greenhouse garden shed without having a place to put the plants can you? I've finally gotten far enough along that I can assemble a long plant bench. Since I've collected scrap lumber from a variety of projects and people I decided to use that for this first plant bench. As money allows I may upgrade or add to this bench but for now this will work just fine.The base bench is made from 2"x4"s and is 8 feet long. On top of that is a second shelf that is only 4 feet long. I wanted to leave the area to the right open to allow for taller plants and I didn't want to impede the light from the front window. I can always add more shelves later.  I bought this coated square mesh to cover the open areas. It will allow light and water to go…

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Progress Inside the Greenhouse Garden Shed

While earlier in the week brought progress to the outside of the greenhouse garden shed this weekend brought some progress to the inside. I had already insulated parts of the shed where there is no glass but I needed to cover the insulation. Fortunately there is plenty of scrap plywood laying around the shed from doing the outside sheathing plus some old sheets of plywood I've collected over time. I love being able to use bits and pieces of previous projects in new ways. It makes things cheaper and eliminates waste! I cut the pieces to size and screwed them in using 1 5/8" coated screws. I prefer screws over nails, mainly because if I ever need to get into those areas it will be very simple.Here's a picture of the front from the inside. And here is a picture of the back from the inside. Underneath the windows will…

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Greenhouse Garden Shed with a Secret Back Door

One of the tasks I accomplished last week on the greenhouse garden shed was to complete most of the siding on the backside. It was a complicated task due to many little cuts and some creative problem solving that was involved. One of the issues was with the "secret door." I wanted the backdoor where my mower will enter the shed portion to look like a single normal door. To do that I needed to disguise the right door as much as possible with the siding. Unfortunately I had to leave a 2 inch gap between the door siding and the wall siding to allow the door to open as far as I wanted. I covered the joint gap with pond liner (that's the black line on the right) to form an airtight gasket and tucked the edges of the liner underneath the siding. When I get around to painting…

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Greenroof Overhang for the Front Door

I've been fascinated (as have many people lately) with the green roofs that are quickly become very popular. Originally when I wanted to build my shed I wanted to cover the all of the non-transparent roof surfaces with plants. I realized that to build a greenroof over the whole structure would be both time and labor intensive. I would have also needed some restructuring inside to compensate for the wight load of wet soil. In short it just wasn't practical for my greenhouse shed. But I'm never one to give up on an idea quickly! A couple months into its construction I had an idea ...why not try a decorative front door overhang? Then I thought "why not make it a greenroof?" Today I completed the basic structure of the greenroof overhang. It protrudes 2 feet out from the greenhouse and is about 6 feet long. It's only about 4…

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How I’ll Use My Greenhouse

I've been thinking about how I'm going to use my greenhouse lately. There's just enough complete on the greenhouse construction to tantalize my imagination and since people use greenhouse in so many ways that the options are virtually limitless.I don't grow orchids or many tropical plants which means the greenhouse won't be used for them. It's not ready to use yet so seed starting this year isn't an option. Some people like to grow vegetables in their greenhouses to keep fresh veggies growing year round. I like that idea and it might be something to experiment with in the fall assuming I can put together some sort of heating system. Spinach, lettuce and chard might do fine without heat but any summer loving vegetables just won't work. For right now though I'm planning to use it for two things: 1) A Storage Shed and 2) To Propagate plants.As a Storage…

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Winter Around The Greenhouse Shed

The recent snowstorm here in Tennessee has given us some very nice images.  I showed some of the images from some ornamental grasses and other plants a couple days ago but here are a few from around my still incomplete greenhouse shed project. The trees behind the greenhouse are covered in ice making them appear made of crystal.    Icicles on the side of the greenhouse.The greenhouse and the trees behind it covered with ice.Ice on glass windows.

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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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Chilly Days and Things to Do

There's not much happening on the greenhouse right now - it's too cold! I walked out this afternoon to see if I could add some weather stripping to the front windows but it was too cold to add them as it needed to be higher than 40 degrees, or so said the packaging. This time of the year it should be somewhere between 40-50 degrees, normally. The weather forecasters have said we're in for a couple more weeks of this cold weather pattern. I certainly hope not! I can remember having a couple nice 60 degree days last winter that were perfect days to get out in the garden and get some chores done. Just a couple warm days like that would really propel this project along. Until then I'll have to just plan ahead.Things to do:outside sidingoutside trimadd more gravel, then floor the equipment area (Where the mowers go!)weatherstrip…

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Working on the Front Door

Before Christmas we managed one more work day on the greenhouse shed. It was the last work day since the recent temperatures have been unbearably cold for working. It's not predicted to be above freezing at all in the forecast. Snow is even being mentioned but I'll believe it when I see it!We managed to haul in 6000 lbs. of crushed gravel as base for the greenhouse flooring. Eventually I hope to use salvaged brick or paving stones on top of the gravel for the floor. The floor needs to be porous for water to flow through but still good for feet. We also managed to close up a gap in between the front two French doors. Once the doors were hung there was a 3/4 inch gap between them. We measured perfectly for the opening but had to remove some pieces from the door to make them work. OK…

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From the Beginning Until Now

I thought it might be interesting to look back at my greenhouse shed project from where it began to its current and still incomplete state. I have a lot more to do to get it ready for holding equipment, gardening supplies, and (of course) the plants! I put together a slideshow to share the greenhouse project's progress from August (with pictures of the site) until December (and its current appearance). I hope you enjoy! (You may have to pause it to see the pictures as they go by fairly quickly. The total video is 4 min and 36 seconds long.)

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