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Planning and Building a Greenhouse

Planning and Building a Greenhouse
Adapted from Fact Sheet 645 - University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, David S. Ross, Extension Agricultural Engineer, Department of Agricultural Engineering Careful planning is important before a home greenhouse project is started. Location The greenhouse should be located where it gets maximum sunlight. Deciduous trees, such as maple and oak, can effectively shade the greenhouse from the intense late afternoon summer sun; however, they should not shade the greenhouse in the morning. Good drainage is another requirement for the site. Types of Greenhouses A home greenhouse can be attached to a house or garage, or it can be a freestanding structure. Attached Greenhouses Lean-to. Even-span. Window-mounted. Freestanding Structures Freestanding greenhouses are separate structures; they can be set apart from other buildings to get more sun and can be made as large or small as desired (Figure 2C). Structural Materials Frames Quonset. Gothic. Rigid-frame. Post and rafter and A-frame. Related:  constructionBio-Construction

HOME ECO - D'autres horizons Voici une liste de sites que nous aimons, autour de l'écoconstruction, de l'architecture, du bois, de la déco, de l'écologie. Entreprises de charpentes/ossature bois www.tycoat.com Une entreprise bretonne qui fait de belles choses et dont le site est intéressant. www.charpentiers.fr Une entreprise du Midi qui s'intéresse depuis longtemps à la construction écologique. www.andre-menuiserie.fr L'un des rares fabricants français de triple vitrage, très professionnel. menuisier-grenoble.com Un ami menuisier à Grenoble, Jac Samson, également autoconstructeur. Édition/presse www.terrevivante.org Le site web de la Scop Terre Vivante, éditrice des 4 saisons du jardin bio, d'ouvrages consacrés à l'écoconstruction (entre autres), et gestionnaire du centre écologique à Mens, dans le Trièves. www.lionelastruc.com Le site d'un ami journaliste et photographe qui travaille sur l'écologie de manière approfondie et édite des livre. Décoration/enduits terre-chaux www.artdecoenvironnement.fr www.onature.net

3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for Under $300 © Angela Davis It’s seed-starting season and spring is just around the corner. If you’re looking to start seeds indoors and realize that you don’t have enough windows space to sprout seeds indoors, or don’t want to raise your electrical bill by installing grow lights, building a greenhouse from recycled and salvaged items might be the solution you need. 1. The Window Frame Greenhouse Probably the most popular examples of DIY greenhouses you’ll find on the Internet. The best time to salvage windows for this garden project is during construction and remodeling season where you live. © Michael Taeuber Here's another window frame greenhouse, this one by Michael Taeuber, who created an Instructable to demonstrate how to build a greenhouse from old windows for his plants. 2. © Alex Campbell Alex Campbell built this lean-to greenhouse, also using old windows, for his food growing operation. He graciously documented his project so others could follow along and do the same. 3. © Wolfie and the Sneak

Adam J. Fyall - Southwestern Sunflower Greenhouse EffectPAGE 3 of 4 of 3 Construction, continued Now it was time to start adding the sheeting. Notice that I am working comfortably in my shirtsleeves on a 65-degree day in the middle of November. Here you see the structure with the roof and rear panel sheeting. Now I had to build the door and finish the front façade. Like I always say, "work harder, not smarter". The plastic sheeting was taped to the PVC and stapled to the lumber. The straw bale used in my glorious autumnal porch display was acquired with the greenhouse specifically in mind. I bucked hay for two years while in college. Now it's time to make some trips around the yard to gather everyone up. All snuggled-in for the winter, kinda like those male emperor penguins. The remote-sensing weather station made a quality addition. The greenhouse is completed. I tested the greenhouse on the day it was completed, and indeed it warmed-up quickly inside. next

Minimalist Wooden House Sebastopol Residence by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects | Nikiniku.com The concept of a wooden house at this time may be an option when going to build or buy a dwelling as a residence or a place to vacation on weekends. Wooden house is also environmentally friendly and will bring the atmosphere of a remedy, and comfortable place to live. Interested in whether you have a house that was a cool area with beautiful scenery? of course you’ll love it. Sebastopol Residence is a minimalist wooden house design by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, was built in California over the hills, this home was designed for two graphic designers. In the interior of the house is dominated olek wood such as the concept was originally divided into the main room, dining room, den, bathroom and bedroom. Posts related to Minimalist Wooden House Sebastopol Residence by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Urban Greenhouse - Alex's Hobby Site Please feel free to email any questions to koolex11@netzero.com. I'll be more than happy to help you out. The House: Here is how I built my small (4X8) greenhouse out of old windows. Total cost was $300, but you could do it for much cheaper with some resourcefulness and an eagerness for scrounging materials! After many gardens, some successes and some failures, I moved for the first time to a city row home. First, I found some old windows around town. Great ways to find free (or very cheap) windows: Drive around on garbage night Email your friends and co-workers. Step 2: It is definitely easier to design the frame around the windows, rather than trying to find windows to fit the frame. I covered the back side with plywood because a) it faces south, b) there is a fence that I didn't feel like dealing with, and c. Notice the windows fit the 2X4 frame. The four corners of each window are held to the frame with screws put in diagonally. No I did not run out of windows. Hydroponic system

Cheapest DIY Rain Barrel (that works better than most) - Alex's Hobby Site So I found a way to build an effective rain collection barrel for around $40. All parts were purchased at the local Ace Hardware store. I used a trash can (32 gal) for easy cleaning and construction. 1 trash can with lid2 plastic downspout extenders (accordion style), fitted to the size of your downspout1 bulkhead fitting1 boiler drain valve1 tube silver gutter sealant At first I tried silicone to seal the seams, but it wouldn't stick the the trash can material. Since using Seamer Mate, I found the Lowe's version. This stuff has a million waterproofing uses, and what great adhesion! Here is a close-up of the bulkhead fitting. The best part about this design is that every drop of rain is directed into the barrel, and once full, all rain is redirected into your drain system. During winter, the barrel can be removed. If the trash can is too much of an eyesore, you could always build a little house like I did here. I put hinges on the front for easy access,

toiture d'une bergerie et d'une magnanerie isolée en laine de chanvre bio - Maçon de Pays dans le Parc du Verdon A la recherche d'un isolant naturel qui soit sain et écologique, j'ai choisi d'utiliser le chanvre pour ses propriétés étonnantes. Associée à la chaux, la chènevotte qui est l'écorce de la tige du chanvre, est un excellent isolant thermique et phonique. Je l'utilise pour obtenir des dalles respirantes. Ce matériau allie performances énergétiques et protection de la santé. Pour ce chantier ci-dessous (domaine viticole du var en biodynamie), j'ai utilisé, par l'intermédiaire du parc du luberon, du chanvre en vrac bio produit sur Forcalquier. Les vieilles poutres ont été traitées à la patine de l'indien qui durcit les parties piquées en surface. Pose des fermes dites"par empilage" constituées d'un entrait (poutre de grosse section qui supporte en son milieu, par l'intermediaire du poinçon, la moitié du poid total cumulé de la charpente et de la couverture. Le parement qui supportera l'isolation est constitué de planches en bois blanc (sapin) issues de la région de Seyne les alpes .

building a greenhouse out of old windows - Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum I'll be tackling my own window greenhouse soon so it was nice to review this thread. I'm unsure of what my roof will be at this point and I may purchase a clear plastic corrugated roofing material for that if I can't salvage enough glass. This description is long but hopefully detailed enough to give you a good idea or what I have in mind. If anyone has their own ideas, suggestions, constructive criticisms they are welcome to post. When it comes down to it though usually I have to try something for myself even if others say it won't work. I intend for this greenhouse to have year-round use in one form or another. The size will be roughly 18 ft wide by 20+ long with a gable post and rafter style and shape. This is largely an experiment for me based on many other posts and forums so I am excited to try. I understand the drawbacks of using old windows, especially windows that aren't double paned or tempered glass. So....am I crazy?

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