All framed in… Finally

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It has been a long time in coming, but the greenhouse frame is complete. The damaged hoop replacement finally arrived last Thursday and I was able to bolt it all together and tie in the purlins. Yesterday (Tuesday October 13th) I went to the farm to connect the end wall that I prefabricated to find that the wind storm we had on Monday had knocked it over along with the scaffolding that was helping to hold it in place… at least I thought it would hold it. This was frustrating, but I was able to piece it all back together and connect it to the main structure.

This is what I’m referring to as the rear entrance. I intentionally spaced the entrance door to the left of the frame. I did this to gain maximum use of the rear wall space. If I would position it in the middle of the house, which is somewhat traditional spacing, then I would have to work around the door. This is my plan for the greenhouse.

As you can see in the top left corner is the entrance door. With this positioning I am able to have a wood burning stove and two 4’x8′ potting benches along the rear wall. If the door was positioned in the center this wouldn’t be possible.

This was my problem child, the end frame that I found on the ground. When deciding what to do with this end of the house, I wanted to allow full access to the inside of the house. So I pulled my truck into the house so I could determine how wide and how tall I might want the entrance to be. What I decided to do was create a door 9’2″ wide, and 7′-2″ tall. This size would allow me to pull a truck or my tractor inside of the greenhouse. This can be quite helpful when moving plants. It also allows for ventilation in the Summer when the house would get quite hot. This is my current plan for that end of the house.

As you can see I have a wide opening on this end of the house which will allow for good access inside the house. The main crop on this side of the house will be vegetables and herbs. So this large opening will allow for easy access to be able to load product ready for market.

So what’s next?

I am quite aware that the weather is changing quickly, and if we don’t get the film on soon we may not be able to do so until next Spring. This would be quite disastrous considering our order for hanging basket plants, and bedding plants have been ordered and are scheduled to arrive starting in late January. So with this said, getting the side boards and the wiggle worm bases installed is a priority. We really need to get the film installed on November 1st. This is our goal to be under film by November 1st.

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