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Thread: I need a low cost but sturdy greenhouse

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    Greenhouse poly film comes in all sorts of grades from 3mil 1 year up to 6mil 4year. If you shop around you will find the 4year 6mil is not all that much more expensive than the cheap 1year film. I have had the 4yr 6mil film easily last twice that length. I replaced it not because the film was cracking but after a while a little hole here and a little hole there.. and it gets hard to keep up with taping the holes so the 2 layers will hold air. Even the 1yr film shouldn't be cracking before a year is out. I suspect you are not getting the film with UV stabilizers specifically for greenhouse application.

    Some films to check out..
    http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/G...products/1033/

    http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies...use_films.html
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Thanks for that info. I may go behind his back and buy a greenhouse, but then I would need him to help me put it together, and it might be better to keep the peace by letting him build a new one, but I will purchase the material this time to be sure we are getting the correct stuff.

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    How cold does it get and what sorts of plants? Might be possible to modify something like this

    http://www.hightunnels.org/ForGrower...ow-toBuild.htm

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    Cool, thank you for that! That's what I'm looking for. We have one that looks like that one on first glance, but I just read the instructions and I see several things that we did wrong in constructing ours. That makes a big difference in durability.

    We are in Mississippi, so fairly mild winters usually. It's been crazy this winter so far, 3 snows already and we usually go several years without seeing any snows. We had a 2 weeks period where temps were in single digits and low teens without getting about freezing during the day, and that is extremely unusual for the south. Temps drop like that occasionally, but it warms right back up. It can be really low one day and be 65 degrees the next day usually.

    I've been trying to keep neps in the greenhouse, ferns, and other house plants and tropicals. But I've had to move my nepenthes inside my house. I'm thinking of changing the types of plants I keep to suit the climate better. I lost a big beautiful fern, 5 baskets of wandering jew, and several large N. Mirandas, and 8 trays containing 18 plants each of N. Judith Finn. I'm looking into getting more succulents, because many of them can handle surprisingly low temperatures, as can ivy.

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    hahaha, if the door is 5'2" then that girl has to be 4'10? at 6'2, it would be hell....

    i'd say atleast find something that allows you to stand along the inside walls

    ~billy

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    Take a look at the Econoline Plus greenhouse kit 8' x 10' at greenhousemegastore. Very easy to assemble. Comes with plant shelving and a heater. Very nice greenhouse for the money($1295.00, free shipping). Very spacious, with two roof vents(one with auto opener included) and one side vent. I am extremely pleased with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CN View Post
    I am 6'1"an have no problems standing in mine an it is this one
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47712

    Daren
    Yeah, but I'm sure you still have to duck to get in there. I don't want to have to do a workout to get in and out of my greenhouse. I'm lazy like that..

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    LOL. I get what you're saying, but if stooping forward for a few steps is a workout, you may have bigger worries ahead than managing your greenhouse...
    ~Joe
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    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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