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My Greenhouse Build

Post by dougoutcanoe » Fri Jul 02, 2021 3:13 pm

When I moved to my current house in 1978, there was an old greenhouse (1st pre 1950's). It was built on waist high brick walls with a 5ft high rear wall.

The timbers were in a poor state and rotting, with glass falling out. I demolished it and rebuilt using second hand commercial greenhouse timber and more glass.

This worked well but after 30yrs or so it started to fall apart.

Being a hoarder I collect some large glass panels (approx. 2.3m x 1m) for my workplace, these were secondary glazing from science labs and they were heading for the skip. I rescued enough to do a new design and rebuild for the second time.

Lockdown created a period of no straying from home (member of the vulnerable aged). My first project was a canoe rebuild.

From the original GH I had the ridge in remarkable condition, at 17ft it would have been difficult to replace. I also had the original door in good condition. The GH base is 16ft by 8ft

Then I decided to do the greenhouse! I did write it up for another forum that I use and here is the link to that article. ... 58362.html
This is the current state, partial occupation, with a mix of plants.
I hope you enjoy reading it and seeing what I did with my spare time, hoarded wood, stone flags and glass.
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Re: My Greenhouse Build

Post by el48tel » Fri Jul 02, 2021 4:00 pm

Endeavouring to grow Aeoniums, Aylostera, Echinocereus, Echinopsis, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Matucana, Rebutia, and Sulcorebutia.
Currently being wooed by Haworthia, attempting hybridisation, and enticed by Mesembs.
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Re: My Greenhouse Build

Post by edds » Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:15 pm

Love it. I'm toying with a high back wall design for my next greenhouse.

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Re: My Greenhouse Build

Post by rodsmith » Sun Jul 04, 2021 8:09 am

A great result and well worth the effort.
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Post by Ross M » Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:09 pm

A fantastic job and well worth the effort 👍

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Post by Chris L » Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:59 am

A much missed member of our local branch made his greenhouse out of toughened glass salvaged from retail stores that he would fit out as his job required.

Apparently (I never got to see it) his greenhouse frame was made to fit the glass, rather than the other way round.

As it was toughened glass (possibly unknown at the time for GH use) he used to scare/amaze visitors by throwing bricks at the glass (not to be recommended) and watch them bounce off without harm.
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Re: My Greenhouse Build

Post by RAYWOODBRIDGE » Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:07 pm

Great job well done (tu)

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