Monday, February 8, 2010

Greenhouse 1 . . .

When we purchased our 2-acre property in 1993, one of the first things we did, after remodeling the house, was to build a green-house. This first greenhouse was 24’ wide by 36’ long and had a crown of 8’. It was covered with two layers of poly and heated by a 75,000 btu natural gas heater. You can see this greenhouse just after we had a light snow. In the back, the roof barn appears above the greenhouse. This particular snow closed our schools for one week. Hamilton County and the Chattanooga area consists of valleys, ridges and mountains that become very treacherous even with light snow if the weather remains cold so it can’t melt.

Remember,  guys toys are never large enough . . . the same with the greenhouse. In 2007 we tore down the old greenhouse and built a new one 30’ wide X 44’ long and a crown of 14.5', which doubled the square footage of the first one. We also had to double the size of the natural gas heater to 150,000 btu’s. This allowed us to put four 4’ wide benches the length of the greenhouse. You can see the potted plants to the right of the greenhouse awaiting cold weather.

The front and back of this greenhouse is made of rigid double walled plastic.  The remainder is a double layer of 6 mil. plastic.

That's all for today, February 8, 2010


  1. Lee,

    Do you remember when I told you that you could never build a greenhouse that was too big?? Good luck on your new blog!

    Dave Rhyne

  2. You can never have a toy that is "too big." You just dream it bigger once you have the one that you thought was "big enough."