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    I made a 15 by 7 by 7 feet tall green house really cheap I went to were there doing new homes and got the wood they had in the trash bid . I only had to buy 15 bucks worth of wood .

    To cover the green house I went to home detpo and paid 30 bucks for a hugh roll of 6 mil it dose fall apart after being in the sun all fall,winter,spring but that roll will last me 2 years. So 15 bucks a year is not bad.


    Iv had this green house for 5 years now and it works great .




    _-West-_

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    I've always used plastic, but for the small 16X6X7 house I'm building now, I've bought fiberglass. It will cost about 350 dollars, but it will be much better looking, and something neat and tidy does seem to set a standard when one works.

    Where I'm at, we seldom get more than a light frost, so by closing a well constructed greenhouse at night I don't see the need for a heater, and by putting windows in the right places I've even grown flowers in the Kalahari desert without a fan.

    In the drier areas of the US many people have their gardens and grass on an automatic timer, and most of these models can be set for several times a day. So, with maybe 50 dollar in parts, your watering system can be completely automated. I put these systems in for a living, so please ask if anyone has any questions about the wiring.

    A small hint for windows: piano hinges.


    So, I agree that for 7 or 8 hundred dollars you can make something to be proud of.

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    We put in our semi kit purchased from Lord & Burnham for a ridiculous amount ( comparatively ) of money.

    Aluminum extrusion frame, Glass glazing. 9'x29' Attached to house. NOT the way to do it on the cheep. The results are wonderful and well worth the cost, but the cost is not trivial. I think that the kit (frame only) was around 2K, then there was glass, and foundation, building permits, etc.

    However it went through the Northridge earthquake (4mi from epicenter) with minor damage (couple of cracked pains). It was worth it.

    I say semi Kit because a contractor laid the slab.

    The only problem is I need a bigger one and that means moving.
    What did you feed it?

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