The Greenhouse Effect

Firstly, thanks for your kind words in response to my last post. I'm still feeling a delicate shade of pale blue but at least that matches my eyes.

Now, back to the vegetable obsession temporarily. Last night I had friends over to my house to dinner and as we sat around in a contented haze of post-burrito repleteness I lamented the fact that my vegetable garden is being eaten by beasts unknown. I casually said, "What I really need is a lean-to greenhouse, only made with screening instead of perspex. I can't get one though because they're hugely expensive and I'd have to get it custom built since I have such a tiny space for the garden." The husband-half of my friends said, "Well, I could build it for you. It would be easy. Where's your tape measure?" Apparently, he builds stuff. I had no idea. Before I knew it he'd measured up and drawn plans. Wow!

It will look a little like this one, only without the sloping roof, and of course it won't come out so far from the house because I only have one metre to spare. I expressed concern that it might be a problem that I rent (and therefore can't undertake any building projects) and he said, "Don't worry, it will be attached to the house by two tiny screws and when you move you can dismantle the whole thing and you won't even be able to see where the screws were."

I am SUPER excited about this. He estimates it will cost about $200... as opposed to the $900+ dollars for the cheapest commercial one I could find. It probably won't happen for a couple of months but I'm content to wait... and in the meantime I'll start planning my winter garden.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - my friends are awesome.
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7 comments:

Givinya De Elba said...

That looks great!

Femina said...

Mine won't look as good as that one; it will be more like a very large birdcage. When I was trawling around online looking at greenhouses I saw some truly gorgeous ones that made me want to own a huge house with acres of grounds (which will never happen). My favourite was attached to the back of the house - and nearly the same size as the house - so the people could go out their back door, stroll through the enormous greenhouse and then wander out the greenhouse door out to their backyard. **covetous sigh**

Hippomanic Jen said...

I'm so glad your garden will be covered. Mine needs to be planted, but here I am blogging instead of planting out my shallots.

Maybe WE could have a huge greenhouse. Well, bigger than a metre deep at any rate. Oh ho - so much looking forward to suggesting that to my Beloved.

Femina said...

For a mere $20,000 (US) you could have this one, which is probably bigger than my house.

http://www.charleysgreenhouse.com/SSAN2024BRN5W-San-Juan-Greenhouse-20--39-x-24--39-5-Wall---Straight-Eave-Brown.htm

Givinya De Elba said...

Thankyou for your lovely kind words on my post today (about Nie.) I really appreciated them.

Dee said...

its good to have friends that "build stuff" very handy!

saw a funny church sign recently )on TV I think) "Not all questions are answered by Google".....

Hippomanic Jen said...

Hmmm. Glasshouse would be useful here in the winter, but I'd certainly be investing in some shade cloth for the summer.

...of course, it is beautiful.

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