Covered Greenhouse Garden
Covered Greenhouse Garden
While we’re waiting for our fence to suntan before we stain it, I took on another outdoor project this weekend.
Yep, it’s Garden 2013! And there’s a reason for the Oregon Trail look, I promise. Since we’ve moved here, we’ve had some windy nights and some CRAZY 30 mph windy nights. On top of that, the neighbors all comment on the foggy summers. So to help my future tomatoes out, I decided to build them a little green house to protect them from the wind and to elevate the temperature during the colder days. This should also help me with the “year round” gardening Bay Area people seem so keen on.
I started out with 2x12s at 8 feet and 4 feet. (I do not recommend 2x12s as they are very expensive, and you can get the same results with stacked 2x6s.) We leveled out the dirt a bit before assembling them.
I used the pocket hole system once again to join the pieces of wood. Then, because we have some resident moles in the yard (ew), we stapled some chicken wire to the base and flipped the whole thing over.
Then we built a frame to go on top out of 2x2s and 2x4s for corner braces. This will be the base for the covered part.
Then we attached 1/2″ 10-foot PVC pipe to create the arches.
I put one screw into the inside bottom of each pipe (to keep it from slipping), then secured it with a pipe clamp.
I stapled some 3.5 mil plastic to the 2×2 frame, which I do not recommend attempting while it is breezy outside. Plastic everywhere, suffocation, etc.
I attached two hinges on one of the short 4′ sides.
And some plastic chain on the long 8′ side. (I do not recommend plastic chain, as it bends and stretches far too easily. I bought it because I thought it would be easier to work, rust-free, and lightweight, which it is….but the stretching is no bueno.)
I’m planning on rigging up an automatic watering system for my soaker hose, so I installed this adapter in the side. The garden hose will go on the blue side and the soaker hose will come out the other side.
On the last Saturday of every month, Berkeley puts out a bunch of free compost near the Berkeley Marina. We went and shoveled some into some boxes and mixed it with existing soil from the yard and a healthy amount of pine needles.
Now it’s time for planting! I’m still working on the layout, but I’ve got my tomatoes planted and safe from the cold and wind. I’m planning on a bunch of basil, squash, swish chard, onions, garlic, and some herbs. But mostly it’s gonna be tomatoes and basil. Nothing beats homemade pasta sauce with home-grown veggies! MMmMMmmm I can’t wait.