Wednesday, April 06, 2016


I spent about an hour on Tuesday morning putting together the frame for the garden greenhouse. It's more sturdy than I expected. Today, I'll remove the roof section so I can pass it all down over the deck railing to Ken. Then we'll take it out to the place where we hope it will stand.

I put the frame together on the deck. Now it has to go over the side.

If all works according to plan, the back of the greenhouse will be up against our fence, and either side will be buffered by hazelnut hedges (there's a gap in the hedge just about the width of the greenhouse). I'm hoping that I'll be able to figure out a way to secure it to the fence. That means putting holes in the tent thing that goes over the frame; I'm thinking "grommet tool," but there are some details to work out first. Stay tuned.


  1. Hi. I have a similar one and there are tape ties on the inside seams of the cover to tie it to the frame. I made some sandbags up to lay over the bars on the base to secure it down in windy conditions. It worked. Good luck.

  2. What a nice new toy to potter around in!

  3. I have one of those also and I put cinder blocks on the bottom poles to help hold it down. Also I put the heavier plants on the bottom shelves. Good luck!

  4. Good luck is the operative phrase here... at least yours is going to be in a garden.
    On an open allotment they don't last a year.
    You will find that you can "clamp" the back home against the fence... take matching bits of timber, clamp them together and drill a hole the size of the tube down the join... screw one section of each to the fence...and once the cover is on screw the other come. That way you make only tiny screw holes in the cover.
    When the cover is on, you will find that there is excess that needs to be buried... I wrapped ours round lengths of lath from the brico... then used metal staples... the ones to pin groundcover down.
    Available in packs of ten...30cm by 20cm legs...I hammered those in diagonally across the lath... one pin through the cover. I then placed the 1€ 50cm edging blocks from the brico over the lath, cover and staples. On the inside I have placed 20 x 20 parpaing blocks over the rails at the bottom.
    Despite what has been thrown at hasn't far.
    The weakest part are those plastic joints...

    Also, you don't mention if your cover is the green, reinforced plastic... or the glass clear version.
    If it is the latter, please get yourself a length of that green privacy barrier... it makes a wonderful and necessary shade. Even in Leeds, West of our fellow allotmenteers cooked his tomato plants before they bore fruit!!
    And... good luck!

    1. "screw the other home" not "screw the other come"!!

  5. blathnaid, that's a great idea! Thanks.

    evelyn, we're hoping it will be good for our sprouting veggies before they go into the ground. Then, also some warm weather herbs like basil should do well inside all summer.

    jack, another good idea! I have some cinder blocks handy.

    tim, wow... sounds like you built Fort Knox! The cover is the green reinforced plastic tent thing.

    anne marie, :)

  6. Fort Knox is to come... We just bought an eight by three tunnel...8x3 metres that is... For the tomatoes,mainly,but also as you say bazzzil...lots!
    The green, reinforced covers allow about the same amount of light through as commercial covering...70%. The main problem is always ventilation...if your greenhouse has vents at the side, they will be sufficient...normally! If you find it gets a bit wet at the top, you'll need to make one or two vents at the is very simple...cut a horizontal slit...from each end cut a V...fold and glue the resulting flaps back inside...then cut a bit of net curtain to glue inside over the hole...that keeps the insects out.

  7. The quality sure looks exceptional. What a fun project and so much to look forward to.


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