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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 03-08-2009, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last week it snowed 10". It warmed up although yesterday morning there was still snow on the ground.

Since the day was going to get warm(it hit 70F) I figured todays' a good as any to put up the cheap plastic tunnel bought mid winter on ebay.


It went up easily but since it was about to blow in to the next county I staked it down. Spikes were 18" to 2' in to the ground and used plastic ties to attach them to the frame.

YOUVE GOT TO HAVE A THERMOMETER( actually im going to get a Hi/Lo to monitor whats going on.

Finished it off with a big piece of slate(you can barely sse it inside) on to which will go a kerosene heater around April 1st.
All buttoned up. Depending on temps I have some windmill and needle palms going in the ground this year to move in. The house is getting full. Bananas will hopefully start in here mid April depending on air/soil temps.

The whole project cost less than $150, the hoop house with shipping was $120. I traded a case of beer for a brand new kerosene heater. All the rest was scrounged from the shed.
Next up some field hockey goals that will soon be poly tunnels as well.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Wow. I never thought you could get set up with a tunnel that cheap. Nice going Bob. So do you call it a green green house?
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Beautiful! Nice thermometer!
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Very NICE! I am going on ebay right now to find one of these!
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Bravo Bob,
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Awesome thermometer and good building on the greenhouse.
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Bob,

I have needed to put up a greenhouse for several years now. This just might be the year to do it. Don't forget to post some pictures once you fill it.

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nice green house for the price mine is a 10x10x8 got it this last year 90pounds easey to move day tenp 82 night70 got it at target
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Bob, I have the peaked roof twin to yours. I should have purchased the quonset style, but was in a hurry to get one, so I didn't think about the pluses and minuses. I couldn't stake mine down, so I turned the bottom flaps in and set the largest pots on them to hold it in place. I like it though.
My only complaint is that they should have put velcro all the way around the window openings. But, for the money, it works fairly well.

Now to find one of those thermometers. I looked on eBay but the cheaper one is broken and the other is waaaaaay to much money in my opinion.
So I will watch for another one.
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Hey Bob, very nice set up. Do they come in bigger sizes?
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Thanks all, I figured there would be a lot of interest in the thermometer! The one in the pic is metal and I got it for about $20. Also there are plastic versions usually in better condition. Search ebay long enough and you'll get one reasonably. Sometimes they go for ridiculous amounts only to see the same thing come up a few weeks later for a good price.
For the $120 I paid for it I'm happy even if I get a couple of years using only in spring or fall.
Scot, good point about the windows. I guess velcro's cheap enough it might be worth adding to keep the heat in at night.
Tog, these are so cheaply made that I probably wouldn't get a bigger one. When I post my next project you'll see how I'd do it for a larger sturdier hoop house that still would be reasonable and stronger.
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I agree, that's a cool thermometer! I'll have to look for one myself.
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I traded a case of beer for a brand new kerosene heater.
LMFAO...that's awesome!
Glad you staked it down....just make sure it's super solid. After dealing with a lot of similar structure for camp-outs/festivals, I know that they're not always the most solid when exposed to wind. I'd hate to see yours get blown down in a storm or something. Also, as for the heat, I'm not sure what the output is on your heater, but it might be difficult to keep a consistent temperature in your greenhouse. Maybe try a timer if it doesn't have a thermostat.

Great work, though...looks like you'll be getting started early this spring!
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BOB!!! Congrats!! That is very cool!!! YES I am Jealous...LOL
The Thermometer.. SOOO COOOOOL! made me want to throw a Pineapple and Banana on my head and dance...Carmen Miranda Style...
what was thermometer called on ebay I would love to have one...
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Hey Kylie, just search chiquita in ebay. they pop up there all the time ,just be patient and don't over pay. There's been one there for $75 bucks for a while . I got a couple between 20 and 30 $. Metal and plastic........ B.O.B.

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Hey Bob, as to the inquiries about the thermometer in your new castle, I thought this could be a great alternative. It's only (2 x 5 x 1/4)in and very light, being made of plastic. It has both the thermometer and the RH (Relative Humidity) meter side by side. I find it quite accurate and it's small enough to be put into a deli box to check the reading of your seed germination. In fact, it's so convenient you can put it anywhere.

I normally carry one around when I go collecting plants in the jungle so that I can note down the readings to be replicated for the specimens I bring home.

It's a gadget meant for checking the environment condition of reptile housing. I have many of them and now they are put to good use for my plants. It's made by ZooMed and you can find them on the net. Have a look at their catalog. They have all kinds of stuff which is also suitable for plants such as heat mats, heat source and very good lighting tubes which is of very high quality.
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Almost lost my greenhouse the other day when the winds kicked up! I had to put everything that I could find on the flaps just to hold it down. I think the gusts were 40-50 mph. It's still here, but the sides of it blowing in and out broke off a nice pstem on a lasiocarpa! I was so P.O.'ed, but maybe it will pup. It snapped it off right at soil level. <Groan>
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So sorry to hear about the wind damage Scot! This is my first time looking at this thread and I was going to ask if either of you had any wind to speak of to see how they would hold up and I guess I got that answered. We get pretty high winds here off and on. At least the plastic and structure stayed intact though.
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I'm in a particularly windy spot . I drove anchors at least 2' some much longer in to the ground 4 per side and fastened them to the frame. It hasn't budged.
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I'm in a particularly windy spot . I drove anchors at least 2' some much longer in to the ground 4 per side and fastened them to the frame. It hasn't budged.
I bet the dome shape helps.
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