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Mon, 26th Dec '05 7:42 PM


I am contemplating building a small addition to my home, a greenhouse. Currently, I grow simple herbs, plants and flowers indoors - but would like to "grow up" and have a true "greenhouse".

What a thought!

I am not quite sure where to begin, as I live in the wintry wonderland of Michigan where it is freezing cold 6 months out of the year.

How do I build it? What features do I want? What shall I grow? Where to start?

I thought it might be fun to bring these questions to my very best friends...

Kimmie7448  (Level: 19.9 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 26th Dec '05 8:49 PM

Hmmmm...I think I know what you are looking to grow! LOL

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.5 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 26th Dec '05 9:39 PM

My house is green. Does that help?

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Mon, 26th Dec '05 9:46 PM

Come up to Lansing and I'll take you to Urban Options...which is an energy self-sufficient house at MSU. They will know all of that type of stuff.

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Tue, 27th Dec '05 12:01 PM

Insulated walls, foundation, and solar energy efficient...

My grandparents used to raise orchids, and had a propane wall heater in the greenhouse to help maintain the heat.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.5 - Posts: 295)
Tue, 27th Dec '05 2:13 PM

To be serious, probably the best place to go for information would be your local county extention agent. Probably the office would be at the county courthouse. He or she would have the kind of literature you need and could also probably point you in the direction of the people in your area you might want to talk to. Also, the state extension service headquarters would be at Michigan Sttate University. It's worth giving them a call.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Tue, 27th Dec '05 4:41 PM

Mindmonkey is right about Michigan State, it is a first class university for studies such as this. But what he doesn't know is that Urban Options is affiliated with MSU, the MEC (Michigan Environmental Council), and receives money from the state and other agencies. The Extension Service might well send you to them for information. That is why I am suggesting it.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 5:08 PM

I live in northern Idaho. We had to build a greenhouse because we would lose our garden to frost during July and August. Ours is simple and inexpensive. My husband built an A-frame. He boarded all the way around (except for the door) about 4 feet up. Then all we did was buy BIG sheets of very heavy duty plastic. There are several boards over the A frame and we staple the sheet of clear plastic to those boards. Its big enough that the plastic hangs over the door in front so we don't need to make a door. I would say it gives me a 10 X 10 planting area. Enough for tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins (grew Australian blue pumpkins this time), and sweet onions. I can plant my carrots, radishes, and cilantro outside. I hope that is helpful. I can send a pic of it, if you are interested. I even grew some okra in it one year.


Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Fri, 20th Jan '06 7:30 AM

What did you think of your Australian Blue (Queensland Blue to be precise) pumpkins??

Joelwdonnal  (Level: 123.7 - Posts: 268)
Mon, 23rd Jan '06 12:35 PM

I have never seen blue pumpkins - does anyone have a picture of one or a web site to see one. I have seen white ones but never blue - I could get a blue one and put it with a maize one and have U of M colors during football season - lol.


Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 335)
Thu, 28th May '09 11:50 AM

move to where there is decent climate @ least where you can grow pretty flowers.I am an avid gardener & every year I add more to my garden space,I am also very protective of my plants and flowers.Back to your question,I would start out with easy plants like hostas,catnip,roses,(these are perineals)they come up every year.If you want to go the annual route,I would plant snapdragons,marigolds,yucca,gerber daiseys etc.the yucca come up every year & about every three years you have to dig them up and separate them,I'm sure they will grow where you live,also the hostas you have to separate every 2-3yrs and they will grow almost everywhere even colorado! sorry,I just saw your question and am responding.good luck buchanan

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