Greenhouse.
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Relive the experience
Submitted By margery on 09/09/25
A Maiden's Musings, margery, Documents, Family, Fun, Gardening, Good Times, Greenhouse, On the farm, Outdoors, Idaho 

One of the major highlights of this year for our family has been building a 30x60 greenhouse.
 
The boys brought the frame from my grandfather's estate in California, where in the past he had been experimenting with growing hydroponic tomatoes.  
 
We made a thorough job of it, and had so much fun that we were occasionally reduced to tears...
 
Here is a complete history, presented in pictorial form.   
 
Proceed with caution.
 
Where it came from...
 
... Where it went.
 
 
While building the raised beds, we found this little fellow in the block pile.  I'd never seen a bat up close before... he was rather cute:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The last one!!  Yay!!!  *we perform a jubilant war-dance, then proceed*
 
 
The beds almost finished, the top plate on both sides, Aubrey and I had the job of putting the top two rails on the frame.  (In 20-20 hindsight, we should have put those on before we built the beds... they got in the way. A lot.)
 
We had fun - too much fun, perhaps... 
 
"O.K, Kellie, you set the ladder down on the count of three.  Be sure to get it in the picture, too - Three!
 
 
"O.K, O.K, this is good. Now get one without the ladder.  Quick!"
 
 
Cool.
 
 
Harold Lloyd, anyone? ;)
 
Moments before he disappeared from my lens;)
 
So then of course I had to try it...
 
 
I could only hold on for two pictures.  There was no trying for a better shot.  "Quick!  Aubrey, get the ladder up here!!  "Huurry!!
 
 
We soaked the lumber for the end walls in the pond...
... after we cracked two boards trying to screw them on:/  =)
 
 
Ready for plastic.
 
 
 
Hooray!!
 
(Bet you can't beat that for a corny statement=)
 
 
Beautiful.
 
 
Art.
 
 
Awesome.
 
And now for the fun part - Planting!! 
 
 From this...
 
 
To this...
 
 
Then this.
 
And now, it's almost twice that size again!  In this pic, we have our 200 tomato plants, and that's Jerusalem artichokes on the right.  The sun chokes are easily doubled in size, plus we planted a fall crop of cabbage, beans, etc down the left bed, and carrots in with the tomatoes.  
 
They're very happy.
 
We're very happy.
 
And God has blessed this endeavor beyond what we'd even imagined.  Praise the Lord!
 
 
Everything looks like a watercolor through the plastic.  It's so pretty=)
 
 
Basil.  Yep. ;)
 
 
All of this was a tremendous amount of work.  But...
 
 
Imagine walking down a breezy, blowsy country driveway, cool, yet not cold.  You step through a door.  The steam hits you, a warm, moist, rich aroma of growing verdure wafting to your senses.  You stroll along the rows, smelling, examining, feeling the dust on your feet and the still, humid air around you.  It is quite still, and the whole world outside is sensed only as a dreamy, quiet watercolor.  Then you spot what you are looking for - plump, round, red.  You pick it, and its ripeness is felt by the way it falls into your hand.  Wipe it on your apron.  Smell it.  Bite it.  That sun-warm, rich, juicy flavor is indescribable.  
 
Bliss.
 
Very well worth it.
 
 
~Kellie~
 
 

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Re: Greenhouse.
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2009/09/25 - 20:19 GMT
The greenhouse looks absolutely gorgeous!
 
For a while, I was quite jealous of it - it took up all your free time;)
 
It was worth it though - the tomatoes are beautiful!  I don't like to eat them, but I love looking at their beautiful juicy redness:)
 
lol. I love the pictures of Aubrey hanging from the frame=)  The captions are great, too;) 
 
Love,
 
~Tasha~
 
 
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Re: Greenhouse.
2 days - 3,135v
Posted 2009/09/26 - 23:44 GMT
It sure does look like you guys had fun even if it was hard work which it certainly looks like it was. I love the pictures of Aubrey hanging from the frame too. He could be a Harold Lloyed #2 (or Harold Lloyed the II:)! The harvest from any garden is definitely worth all the hard work :).
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Re: Greenhouse.
14 hours - 2,434v
Posted 2009/09/27 - 3:37 GMT
That is a wonderful way to prepare for the winter, or what may come! Harold Loydd II?? I agree!! I love the pics of you hanging from way way up there!!


Miss you,


Lauren

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Re: Greenhouse.
7 hours - 329v
Posted 2011/06/06 - 0:43 GMT
Harold Llyod...or Errol Flynn. :-P
 
My mom would be drooling if she could see this. She'd love to put in a greenhouse so we could extend the (very short) growing season. I can't get over how BIG that thing is. It's amazing! (And who wouldn't want to hang from the ceiling?? ;-) )
 
God bless, adn happy growing!
~"Wild Rose"~
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Re: Greenhouse.
1 hour - 247v
Posted 2011/06/06 - 2:01 GMT
Wow! It's HUGE!!!! What a wonderful job you and your family did! 
I pray the Lord blesses you with an abundant harvest. Is not gardening so delightful to pass one's time? 
 
Blessings,
Grace
P.S. I love my mirror!:) 
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Re: Greenhouse.
2 weeks - 22,159v
Posted 2011/06/06 - 15:21 GMT
@ Rebekah - Hah!  I never realized how similar Harold Llyod & Errol Flynn sound=)  Yes, we are incredibly thankful to have this space to extend the growing season - it's truly a blessing.  
Yep, couldn't pass up getting a picture dangling from the roof supports;D
 
@Grace - Thank you!  Yes, I truly love gardening, especially when the sprouts turn to blossoms and fruit.  Fresh garlic, new potatoes, blessedness!
 
I recieved the sweet card you sent, and I am so glad you are enjoying the mirror!
 
~Kellie~


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