My pride and joy

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My pride and joy

Post: #188711 Odsox
Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:58 pm

When I moved here about 15 years ago, I built a greenhouse that I thoroughly enjoyed for many years.
At the time the site was an empty field within spitting distance of the Atlantic, so I decided to build a substantial portion of it below ground level, sort of hunkered down against the stormy winter weather ... which worked out very well.
The problem turned out to be all my own fault; firstly I made it out of timber I bought at a local auction, which of course was reject wood that nobody else wanted, and secondly, I was in such a hurry to start using it that it barely got a lick of paint.
But it lasted for about 14 years before ending up looking like this .....
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This was after I had salvaged most of the glass, but a sorry sight.
That was last February (2009) and I thought I would take my time and rebuild it over the summer months so that it would be ready for this year. I didn't reckon on the summer being so wet that I couldn't do anything much until November when I got the structure built and painted ... and not until this February that I managed to almost finish it. Should have taken me about a month, not a whole B** year!
Anyway, this time the timber was building grade and each piece was given two coats of wood preservative, then a coat of primer, then undercoat and a good thick gloss top coat.
Now it looks like this .....
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Still not totally finished, the ventilator flaps need a couple of coats of paint, but it's nearly there.
It's about 20 feet by 12 feet and the inside floor level is about 5 feet below ground level and that works really well as the surrounding soil acts as a faily efficient insulator to such an extent that it has never been heated but the temperature has never dropped below freezing inside.
The inside looks like this .....
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The back bed is about 4 feet wide and there used to be a similar one in the front, but I dug that one out as I intend to make the front half all hydroponic.
I ran out of time on that, so this year it will be full of grow bags and containers

After using it for the last umpteen years it was sorely missed last year, but now I have it back to (or exceeding) it's former glory and I'm as happy as a pig in whatsit. :cheers:
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Re: My pride and joy

Post: #188717 grahamhobbs
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:00 pm

Fabulous, great work, I think sinking greenhouses and polytunnels is very sensible. How about adding a gutter - but another year perhaps!

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Post: #188718 Green Aura
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:00 pm

That's amazing Tony. :thumbright:

:mrgreen: I do envy your skills :mrgreen:

It's a brilliant idea to sink it.

When fully functioning do you use it all year? Knowing what you grow in the polytunnel I'm sure you do.
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Post: #188732 Odsox
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:12 pm

grahamhobbs wrote:How about adding a gutter - but another year perhaps!

Yes that is one more job I have to do next week, not to save water (no need for that here) but with no gutter the front wall gets extremely wet and soaks through to the inside.
Another job to do is to make flaps for the top. You might just be able to make out the rock wool insulation that I stuffed between the joists at the top. There will be flaps there that can be opened or closed as extra ventilation, and I have old radiators that will be fixed the other side, painted matt black, which should provide hot water in my potting shed (that's yet to be built).

Yes Maggie it was always in use all year. During the winter months it grows lettuce, spring onions and lots of baby carrots.
The lettuce does a lot better there than the polytunnel as there is no condensation to drip.
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Post: #188733 marshlander
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:28 pm

:hello1: Wow! Fantastic. I now, officially, have greenhouse envy! :lol:
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Post: #188766 homegrown
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:14 am

I want one!

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Post: #188787 Jandra
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:11 am

That's great! I'm about to order a greenhouse kit and really pleased about that. It is a polycarbonate greenhouse in stead of the polytunnel I had on my allotment. But it can't stand up against your fabulous greenhouse. It is great how you have made use of materials available and your environment to create something really beautiful and extremely functional.

Happy growing! Jandra

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Post: #188788 Millymollymandy
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:16 am

It's fabulous Tony! :cheers: :thumbright: I am very envious!
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Post: #188815 bonniethomas06
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:07 am

WOW!! It is FANTASTIC! Well done! :thumbright:

I am sure you will do great things with a palace like that!
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Post: #188878 Martina
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:22 pm

OMG! That looks really well-done.

Now all that's left (after a few fixes here and there) is filling it! Have fun! :iconbiggrin:

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Post: #188882 shiela_robins
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:53 pm

Looks awesome indeed! :mrgreen: Those triangle-shaped panels at the side, are ventilators right? Do they swing open/close or are they just open all the time?

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Post: #188886 Odsox
Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:07 pm

shiela_robins wrote: Those triangle-shaped panels at the side, are ventilators right? Do they swing open/close or are they just open all the time?

Yes they shut, they are just like casement windows with a stay bar with holes, so that they can be either closed, wide open or several stages inbetween.
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Post: #188901 red
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:56 pm

very nice :cheers:
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Re: My pride and joy

Post: #188902 Thomzo
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:00 pm

Wow, that is really good. It reminds me of those victorian greenhouses you see in walled gardens. They really knew a thing or two about greenhouses in those days.

Dropping it below ground is an excellent idea.

I really am jealous. You've done a great job.

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Post: #188970 Keaniebean
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:32 am

:shock: :mrgreen: :shock: :mrgreen:

That's about the size of my back garden, I am sooooooooo jealous. Well done it's fantastic.
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