My Very Own Greenhouse- For Less Than $100!

Have I mentioned lately how wonderful my husband is??

Well, just let me tell you, the man never ceases to amaze me.
Not only does he spend endless hours working on our little dream
even after he has spent his day at the office,
that scruffy, bearded man looks darn good doing it!

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Over the last month, he spent every spare minute he had 
to build the most unique & perfect greenhouse for me.
He dreamed it up, drew it out, & made it happen all because I said I wanted one.
How spoiled lucky am I??

He started by picking out the perfect spot that would
get lots of wonderful sunshine.

Little Sprout showing off the bright spot

Little Sprout showing off the bright spot

Then he gathered the materials & started setting the posts.

This thing is here to stay!

This thing is here to stay!

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Now y’all know how much I love trying to give old stuff a new life, &
I’m lucky enough to have access to lots of reclaimed material
from the business my Dad has started.
Well, all of these posts used to be the tier poles  in an NC tobacco barn.
How cool is that?!?!

This is the main reason we were able to complete the greenhouse for under $100.
But don’t be discouraged if you don’t have such a connection.
If you set your mind to using reclaimed materials you would be amazed at what you can find.
Many times, people just want rid of items that are cluttering their space,
it just takes a little time & effort to seek them out.

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The next step was to wrap the sides in plastic.
We bought ours locally, but you can find a similar product here.
This whole process took a bit of trial & error to find the best way to
cover the frame tightly without tearing holes in the plastic.

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 We started out with a flat, slanted roof & rain catchment system.
But after the first snow left a rather large puddle weighing on our roof
we decided to update it with a rounded style, using PVC that we had on hand.
This proved to be a great change because no water gathers on the roof,
it all flows right into our rain barrel which we then use to water the plants.
Everything comes full circle!!

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 Now comes my favorite part….the inside!
We wanted to have an area where we could start seeds in cups
as well as a place to grow plants year round.
This resulted in one side of shelves, & the other side is lined in raised beds.

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Filling the beds with a mixture of soil, compost, mulch, & worm castings.

 

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Handmade mini greenhouses to trap more heat in our raised beds.

 

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The shelf on the back wall was my Christmas gift from my brother-in-law.
In homegrown fashion, he built it out of a recycled pallet
& it is perfect for holding all of my planting tools!

We have already started peas, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, & kale.
Of course we had our best farm hand helping us cultivate the soil.

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I can’t wait to fill this beauty up with all kinds of wonderful veggies!!
Have any of you started your seeds yet??
Share in the comments section below!

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