Building a Green House

Reply

  #1  
Old 01-17-01, 01:54 PM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Lightbulb

Left suggested me to post this question in Gardening forum instead of Building Sunroom forum...

I want to convert our back patio that has a concrete slab and a plastic sheet lined roof into a greenhouse that will be warm enough to grow herbs in the winter. I am thinking about a knee-height surrounding and probably enclose the whole greenhouse with plexiglas.

Is brick good enough for insulation? Should I use other material to make the lower surrounding?
Is Plexiglas a good material for making a greenhouse?
How thick of a Plexiglas do I need to keep temperature constant?
How do I connect the glass walls together and to the roof?
What kind of roofing material do you suggest?
Do you know any place where I can find step-by-step instructions on building a greenhouse?

Thanks!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 01-21-01, 06:51 PM
Ladybug
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Wink

Go to your local building center and look for their book section. Also, you can check your local library. Ortho Books puts out a book titled "How To Build & Use Greenhouses" which is excellent. Contains plans, how to, directions for construction, materials to use, etc.

Also, you can contact your local Cooperative Extension Service (find in government pages of your phone book) which is listed under your state's land grant college initials. They will have plans available for a lean-to style greenhouse suitable for your geographic area.

Your success depends on lowest winter temps unless you wish to add heat and also amount of sunlight available unless you wish to add florescent lights. You can also raise herbs indoors using florescent lights. The 4' workshop light is sufficient using the regular light tubes. No need for expensive light tubes.

Best of luck, Retired commercial greenhouse/nursery owner
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'