One thing I’ve learned through financially tough times is that desperation often breeds creativity.
A greenhouse has been on my wish list for years but forking up the dough for a greenhouse never seems to make it from wish list to shopping list.
The more food I continue to grow for our family, the more desperate I’ve become for warm growing space for all my starts!
I have a collection of old wooden farmhouse windows that I’ve been saving to someday put together a cold-frame or small greenhouse with. For a Mother’s day gift, my husband was planning to build something for me but he fell off a ladder in the barn and shattered his wrist on the concrete floor. Once again, our greenhouse plans were put on hold.
“What am I going to do with all these plants? My grow light stand is full and I’ve only planted half my starts. That’s it! I’m not sure what I’m going to do but I’ll make something work!” My desperation was beginning to breed some creative thinking.
I chose the south side of our house for the location. Sunshine and warmth from the house foundation would give me the needed heat and one side of the ‘greenhouse’ would already be taken care of. I began to till up the soil and add compost.
I dug a trench, found a long 2″x12″ board laying around, and placed it in the trench vertically to mark the width of the bed. I was excited about my progress and jumped a bit head of myself; I transplanted my lettuce starts just to see plants in this new spot!
I brought the windows out and propped them against the house, using the board as a support to keep them from contacting the ground. Then the fun part…bringing out my plants!
My plants are now snug and warm in their new home and my grow light stand has room for more seedlings. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
I know I’m not the only one that has been spurred to creativity when it comes to greenhouse ideas.
Do you have an innovative greenhouse idea you’d like to share with us? Send us a picture of your creation with your name and a brief description of your idea.
Once we have enough submissions, we’ll post your photos. Your great ideas can help get the creative wheels churning for others who have a greenhouse on their wish list!
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