The finished product
After a few weeks, several trips to the DIY store and agricultural supplier, the circular saw catching fire and 2 re-designs, the greenhouse is done.
Well almost done; there are a few tinkering jobs that need finishing off, but essentially it’s ready to go.
The Potting Bench
It’s nice to have a potting bench that’s sat at the correct height for me. This evening I pricked out 2 trays of nicotiana and zinnia with my back straight for the first time since moving into the cottage. I have potting bench has been lifted up off the gravel floor to avoid rusting as well as getting up to the correct height for me.
The back wall
The painted back wall bounces light around. I might add some hooks for convenient storage but I’ve decided to use the shelf for plants rather than storing sundries as it seems a shame to waste the space under glass.
The floating shelves
These are my floating shelves. They’re made from a simple wooden frame with wire mesh for the top. They’re wide enough to accommodate a full seed tray and crucially don’t block light from getting to the raised beds underneath. I wanted to make the most of the space available given the restrictions of the site. The space is multifunctional and needs to perform different roles. This greenhouse needed to be a potting shed, a way into the main garden shed and also a greenhouse so compromises had to be made. The compromise is the water does rain onto the bed beneath which can disturb young seedlings but I’ll have to see how it goes.
My gorgeous puppy dog Mollie inspecting my efforts.
The front of the greenhouse looks out onto the stone barn that is a huge feature of the garden and I can see the back doors from there. I can also see if someone’s offering me a cup of tea so it’s win win!
So here it is – my very first greenhouse ever and certainly the most complicated thing I’ve ever built on my own. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve growing under glass.
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