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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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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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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Greenhouse Roof Finally Enclosed

Finally the major air gap that lurked just beneath the roof line has been enclosed and trimmed up. It's not air tight yet and needs sealing but the major 3.5 inch x 16 foot gaps are no longer open on the sides of the greenhouse. I'm not ready to open the champagne yet but I feel like a major weight has been lifted!Front Greenhouse View: I figured out how to remove the old rusted deadbolt from the front door. I drilled the heads off.  It took some time but once the heads were removed the lock and screws came out easily.  Now I can get the front door ready for use. The doors swing outward and soon I can replace the old lock with a different lock that can be keyed to match the other locks. The East Side Greenhouse View:This side is where three large windows were converted from…

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Greenhouse and Shed Project: Location

Recently I highlighted a few new acquisitions to my garden under the guise of some sort of window collection. Clearly all you bright gardeners saw right through my windows and into my future plans to put together a greenhouse! Today I'll officially tell you about my plans, and more specifically about its location, even though I still don't have a solid time frame on construction.My wife and I have discussed the location for a shed on multiple occasions due to differing opinions and finally settled on a spot we can both agree on. I want to incorporate it into the landscape as a feature and she wants it not to obscure the view of the yard. My first choice was to put it near the garden but that would compromise the view of the back tree line. We passed around a few other ideas and finally settled on a location…

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