Garden Projects for 2010

Last year I began what will become an annual tradition of laying out all the garden projects I plan to work on for the year. This way you can get an idea what I'll be getting myself into even if I don't! Last year's list changed as I went through the year and inevitably this one will too. Sometimes projects pop up unexpectedly like the Arbor I built or the greenhouse I'm working on now and other times they go exactly as planned or not at all!  Each new year brings with it a mountain range of potential and you just never know what's just over the next peak. So let's take a peek at what I'm into (or in for) this year! 1) First and foremost I need to finish the greenhouse. I'm close, so close I can see where everything is going to be inside, what landscaping I…

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Greenhouse Slideshow

I put together a short slideshow of the greenhouse pictures I've taken since beginning the project. They start in August with pictures of the site and end with the greenhouse's current state (in December 2009). I hope you enjoy the look back!

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Greenhouse Project: Feeling Closed In

It's time for another backyard greenhouse shed update and I'm excited about this one!  You might ask why am I so excited...the doors have been set! This is when I can see that everything is starting to look like I originally intended. The front doors are on after a little bit of repair work. We shaved off an inch of the bottom of each door because of rotted wood. The rot didn't extend far up the door (less than the inch we cut) but needed removed otherwise it would continue to spread.  The doors have been sitting outside for a long time resting on the ground and just couldn't weather the weather! Additionally cutting an inch off the doors helped the doors fit a little better. Here in these pictures I have the door and one window propped closed. I needed to attach a latch to the more stationary left…

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Greenhouse Project: My Back

While I can assure you that my back is perfectly fine (at the moment!) I do need to have some work done on the back of the greenhouse shed. A few more things have been accomplished since my last greenhouse update but there are always more tasks to tackle (it seems like I've said that before). Since last time I've fitted a door and two windows on hinges. I also put together a moving wall that will match up with the back door to create a double door for the mowers to come through after use. When I don't need to bring out the mowers I will be able to come in through the back door by just going through the one single door on the left. Once it's all put together I'll show you in detail how it will work. This is the southernmost side of the greenhouse which…

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Greenhouse Project: In The Front

Here's a quick look at the front of the greenhouse. My idea is to have the front side or the view from the house appear to be a small cottage in the backyard. The windows on the front were originally from one sliding window that I separated into 2 approximately 20 inch wide windows.  I say approximately because one is slightly larger than the other but most likely no one except those I tell (like you!) will know. Between the windows the French doors that are currently resting on the corners of the greenhouse will be installed.  The gable areas were left open while I deliberated about what I wanted there. I ran through a few ideas and managed to put together some of what will be installed there.  It involves 4 small 12" x 9" windows that were panes I removed from another window. The window was falling into…

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Greenhouse Project: A Peek Inside

Today's peek into my greenhouse project is just one little picture, but it's a view from the inside out. The biggest windows have been installed but, as you will see in the picture, need a thorough cleaning and painting. The misty haze on the panes is due to too much time spent outdoors under the effects of the weather.  Dirt and grime have accumulated but I'm confident that they will clean up nicely like the smaller windows did. These two are 6' tall by 7' wide and still need a little leveling. Initially I measured the windows and allowed a little over 1/2 inch of extra space to play with on the windows. When we started to fit them we discovered a little mistake, OK big really.  The bottom of each window was beveled and I made my first measurements from the short end.  This meant that we had to…

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A Short Greenhouse Project Update

Here's just a quick update on the greenhouse-shed project. More work will ensue later in the week but several time consuming things have been done. The roof windows on the south-western side are somewhat framed, the plywood is attached and the shingles are up. The roof is one of the more shed-like aspects of this project. Since the south western side is where the majority of the deciduous trees are located positioning the roof windows (which are really two storm door windows) there will allow the greenhouse to catch the winter sun but not the summer sun. There are plenty of windows around the walls for allowing light to shine through. The angle of the sun in the winter is much lower than at other times of the year and most of the light will actually come through the windows along the walls. More light means more heat which during…

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The Greenhouse Project: Braced for The Best

Today we worked a little more on the greenhouse project and managed to get another milestone accomplished: the bracing. Unfortunately due to the end of daylight savings time darkness descended too quickly for me to snap some good photos. Besides braces aren't very interesting, just functional. We put braces on the joists that connect them to the rafters, braces on the front and back post that holds up the beam, and braces under the center beam that crosses the 12 foot side. We also added nails to several places where we had tie plates to ensure tight fits. It may not sound like much but this was another necessary step before the roof can be put together. Most of the roof will be solid but there will be a few areas where windows will allow sunlight to warm the interior. Every day a few more leaves drop and allow more…

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