How we built our little greenhouse!

 

Last years Christmas card included a image of our little greenhouse.

When it made it’s way to our friends Jason and Tamara, the idea started.

They are now building their very own greenhouse!

My husband has been doing phone carpentry coaching, and Jason has kept us updated with progress photos.

I thought is was time to dig back and uncover the making of the greenhouse.

A collection of old windows purchased at a farm auction served as the start of the greenhouse layout.

A collection of old windows purchased at a farm auction served as the start of the greenhouse layout.  I think they call this “farm fresh”

Walls are anchored by corner posts.  Set on a bed of sand and gravel.

Walls are anchored by corner posts. Set on a bed of sand and gravel, then concrete paver blocks.  

Each window was trimmed and fit into the openings.  Priming, chalking and painting was an ongoing job.

Each window was trimmed and fit into the openings. Priming, chalking and painting was an ongoing job.

Rafters in place, it's really taking shape now!

Rafters in place, it’s really taking shape now!

I know what your thinking–are those her garden beds?  Ignore that part.

Closing up all the walls, painting in progress!

Closing up all the walls, painting in progress!  Cedar trim for the front, back and dormers of the greenhouse.

Painting completed!  and it's place in the garden all ready!  A perfect spot to sit on a bright Fall day, and anticipate Spring plantings.

Painting completed! and it’s place in the garden all ready! A perfect spot to sit on a bright Fall day, and anticipate Spring plantings.

The greenhouse benches were added to house all the trays of seedlings come Spring.

The greenhouse benches were added to hold all the trays of seedlings come Spring.

Leftover patio blocks made a nice porch for the the greenhouse.

We are proud to say that nearly all of the greenhouse was built from recycled material.

Roofing materials, screws and paint were purchased.

I hope this inspires others!

If you have wished for a greenhouse, I wish one for you!

All the best garden friends,

Stacey


35 comments

  1. That is too beautiful! I admire how you found the windows and made it from scratch. That is talent. If I had more property that would be the “perfect” greenhouse. I look forward to reading your blog. Robbie:-)

  2. That is truly amazing, Stacey! That took a vision…and all the work of the beds after that, so inspiring. Magazine worthy! I can’t wait to read the story.

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    • Thank you so much, a place to grow plants is such a treasure–no matter what it looks like!
      Before we built this greenhouse, I used a little hobby hoop house–It worked so great! Not the prettiest thing, but the results were beautiful! 🙂 Happy gardening, friend.

  4. Wonderful to have the ability to create this and I imagine so much more. Though I do have some talents, they are not in the building dept – I’m about to even hire out my compost bin project!

    • He has used his carpenter skills for lots of homes and projects! It still amazes me that his head holds all the math when cutting and putting together the projects! I don’t have that ability to “picture” it. 🙂 so glad you enjoyed the pictures.

      • Oh thank you for telling us when to expect it in the magazine! I remember when you told us the mag was coming out to photograph and interview you and often wondered when we’d get to read the article and say proudly, “I know this lady!”
        ps. I love your recycling of the old windows! Brilliant!

  5. Gorgeous! Oh thank you for sharing! I know I am a little late to the party, but I was so excited to see this post! I’m going to show my husband tonight – maybe he’ll get excited enough to try and make our own version of this? (A girl can dream can’t she? 🙂 )

    I will definitely be on the lookout for your greenhouse in Country Gardens Magazine! Please share as soon as you know which issue it will be in!

    Warmly,
    Kelly

  6. Hi…. I have been reading my Country Gardens magazine for early spring and noticed the beautiful pictures from your home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your green house! It makes me think of spring right now looking out at all of our snow! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Sue


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