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Post  deriter 4/18/2013, 10:38 pm

I noticed a greenhouse that GWN built out of cattle panels. This is the one that I am considering or just dreaming about anyway. I hope GWN can respond to this, but do you think you can gain 2 to 3 more months of production a season in zone 5? Do you roll the plastic off during the summer?
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Post  cheyannarach 4/22/2013, 10:50 am

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Post  GWN 4/22/2013, 11:25 am

Hi there
I built the greenhouse after reading the books of Elliot Coleman. He has a few out on extending the season. He is zone 5 and is able to grow all year round.
I only had that greenhouse for a year, not quite, so did not get the chance, but now I am up in Canada and feel I am definately extending my season.
I am experimenting all the time. I currently have tomato plants that are blooming.
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Post  cheyannarach 4/22/2013, 3:18 pm

Wow, that's fantastic! I am growing chickens in mine, lol, needed to get them out of the house! Now they are snowed in lots o
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Post  GWN 4/23/2013, 10:33 am

I am counting the days until the last frost (UMMMM 14)... my greenhouse is totally overrun and so a few weeks ago I had my DH make the one someone else posted a video from Texas... and we folllowed the instructions perfectly and built it in about a day.
So I have about 60 tomato plants and maybe 20 peppers I am trying to keep alive, running out of bigger pots to put them in. But this little baby cost us about... maybe 100 dollars. It is still freezing here some nights and so I still need cover.

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So I have also created these two babies.... to try to get some of the wimpier plants like winter squashe going earllier this year, since last year they did not ripen in time to harvest many of them
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Post  Pollinator 4/23/2013, 11:25 am

I like it. You might put some buckets or even a drum of water to help even out the temperature extremes. I have three drums in one of my greenhouses, and about 25 buckets in the other.

I have about $100 each into my greenhouses, but they are lean-tos, so I saved some on material cost there.


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Post  Lillyz 4/23/2013, 4:45 pm

I found this link on another thread that was posted back in 12/12 The threads name was "pvc length and type..." Hope this helps.

http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/722.html

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Post  deriter 4/24/2013, 10:01 am

Thanks Lilly for the link showing use of space blankets. I was given a thing called emergency/survival blanket made by Dynarex. It says it reflects 90% of heat. Not sure how durable it would be to wrap and rewrap the plants over and over. It appears to be very thin stuff so might not take much to be destroyed unless it were put in some type of frame that would protect it. Maybe even sandwich it between some sheets or blankets. I had not thought of this, but do believe it deserves consideration. The water walls were impressive also. Almost seems as if you had the greenhouse and the water wall thing, that this would extend your gardening time by quite a little and then on the really cold nights, you could use some of these blankets over the water walls and protect to a pretty low temperature. Thanks GWN for the reply and those pictures of your new green house. Wow, getting excited again.
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