Do You Want a Better Greenhouse?
A better greenhouse turns everyday into a perfect spring day to plant and a perfect fall day to harvest.
Cooling your greenhouse in the summer and heating it in the winter creates spring and fall everyday so you can plant and harvest all year!
A raised anchored garden frame creates a good foundation for your any greenhouse. The frame makes an ideal place for U Channels to fasten the plastic sheets.
Start with a 8’ x 8’ frame. Then divide it into two raised gardens 3’ wide and 8’ long and a 2’ walkway between them.
To build a wall lay 2” x 4” x 8’ studs on top of the raised garden, fasten them together. Build one for each end and one for the middle. Place a 2” x 4” in between them on the wall and roof. Cover the outside with a 8 ft. x 4 ft. x 1/2 in. and a 1/2 in. 4 ft. x 8 ft. insulation board the inside with the foil side facing inward. You can add onto this plan anytime and the addition cost less than the original.
Build a brace to fasten the door frame to on both ends and a brace across the top and in the middle, this will make it sturdy and easy to add another section. Use five 3/4” x 10 foot PVC Pipe with a 1/2” x 3 foot re-bar in the bottom of each pipe. Drill a 1/2” hole in the bottom and top frame. Use Snap Clamps to fasten the plastic sheets to pipe and U Channels to fasten it to wood.
Each Thermo Cube has two receptacles for use with more than one device and can operate loads up to 1800 Watts, 15 Amps, 120 V AC.
TC-21 - will turn on a fan and/or swamp cooler at 78 Degrees, off at 70 Degrees .
TC-3 - will turn on a 1500 watt heater or six 250 watt heat lamps on at 35 Degrees, Off at 45 Degrees. We had temperatures down to zero and a little below. My greenhouse is nine feet wide and 12 feet long and the six 250 watt heat lamps would turn on and off. I also found that the heat lamps worked better (more even heat throughout the greenhouse) than a heater. I did not have insulation on the wall or two separated layers plastic sheets I did have a layer that extended over the the solid wall and roof.
3/4” PVC Pipe 10’ long,48” Snap Clamps and U Channel
a plastic sheet 25 x 20.
It is unbelievable how good things grow in a greenhouse.
You can remove and replace the plastic sheets without tools. You can place your supports or pipes on 16” or 24” and you can set the end of each pipe over a 1/2” lag bolt or you can place the pipe over a ten foot 1/2” re-bar to add strength to your greenhouse.
You can use Net Cups to turn 5 gal buckets or ice cream buckets into self watering containers. I would recommend buying a self watering container to see and learn how they work before trying to make your own.
What Materials Do You Need to Build This Greenhouse?
You can build the raised garden out of 2”x 6”, 2”x 8”, 2”x 10”, or 2”x 12”. To build the garden 6’x12’ you will need four twelve feet long boards and three eight feet long boards.
Using brackets will make it easier to join lumber together.For the north wall and roof you will need four- 4’x8’ sheets cut six feet long for the wall and two and a half feet long for the roof and four- 2”x4” cut six feet long wall and four 2”x4” cut seven feet long for the braces. For the ends you need two doors and two windows and a fan. You will need twenty two lag ½” four inches long, thirteen ¾” PVC pipes ten feet long, a sheet of plastic 20’x25’ and six ¾” Snap Clams four feet long.
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