Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by Jim_Mercer » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:45 pm

The slats are held in place by dowels, all home made to maximise number of plants in 8x6 greenhouse

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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by aloedanielo » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:12 am

phil wrote:
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Here are some pics of my staging.
Wow Phil! Your greenhouse is what dreams are made of!

I'm erring towards going for two wests aluminium staging now. Once I add up all the materials needed to make my own, it's not far off the cost of buying some anyway. My only concern would be the metal bowing as a few of you have mentioned.

I've noticed not all of your have potting benches. Where do you pot up plants if not in your GH?
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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by phil » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:24 am

I wouldn’t want to waste greenhouse space with a potting bench. I fortunately have an adjacent garage, in which I do all of my potting and store compost, pots etc. If I didn’t have this facility I would have a collapsible table outside.
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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by conolady » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:27 am

I used to use the greenhouse for potting, too, but it's such a waste of good growing space, so I've a bench in the fortunately nearby shed that I use. Works well and I can keep all the substrates and pots in a sort of shelving unit next to me there.
First it was orchids, then, since c.2004, cacti and succulents. I'm into South African plants, mainly conos, lithops and haworhias, with a few cacti, especially 'posh' mamms, turbs and other smalls.
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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by MikeDom » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:36 am

I saw the original post when it came out but didn't have the daylight to photograph.

What you have described is what I have done to my 6 x 14 Elite High Eaves greenhouse - great minds must think alike. I built a custom 3ft staging on one side, cut the corner off to allow for access where it obscures the door and left a 2ft space at the other end of the staging, again with the corner cut off. It is fixed to the greenhouse side but I don't put very heavy pots on, nor do I stand on it or use bubble wrap or shading netting. The wood + paint cost me just shy of £150 sourced from a builders merchant which is far cheaper than proprietary staging. I don't wet the floor as I use the absorption method for watering and large black trays and saucers on the staging.

Above the staging I put a 10" wide wood shelf. At the back, a 6" aluminium shelf and netting for Cyphostemma vines to climb up. On the other long side is 19" proprietary aluminium staging which allows some tallish plants to live underneath. Above that, a 6" aluminium shelf for part of the length so tall plants can also stand on the staging. Underneath the aluminium staging is a 10" wooden shelf that will be used to create 2 shelves suspended from the eaves, one on each side for the full length. That should maximise the space apart from a smaller shelf high up on the back above the other shelf.

I've tried to include as many photos as possible. If you decide to go this way then PM me and I'll provide more detail. Good luck.

From the front.
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From the back.
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Detail of the rear cutout.
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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by MikeDom » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:42 am

Detail of the aluminium staging.
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Detail of the front cutout.
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Outside photo from the wooden staging side.
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Another photo of the back end of the staging.
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Hope that helps you make your mind up.
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Re: Please can I see photos of your DIY staging?

Post by Keith H » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:56 am

Here are two shots taken five years ago when I re homed my plants from my Father's greenhouse.
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The floor of the greenhouse is insulated and has a membrane to keep out damp rising from the earth which will have helped keep the wood in good shape, today it is as good as it was when I built it.
I must add that the bench tops were covered with plastic grow bag trays as I sorted out the plants and re potted them over the first winter.
I would try to get some shots of the staging as it is now but the greenhouse is packed with overwintering outdoor potted plants and insulated with bubble wrap which makes taking pictures from outside impossible.
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