Monday, November 3, 2008

Subterranean Greenhouse

Well, after a considerable amount of work, the subterranean greenhouse is back up and ready for the passion flowers. The roof is pretty inconspicuous which is good as there are neighbors who have to look at it. They aren't friendly neighbors, so I don't much worry about them being forced to live with it, but since we do live in the city, they might be successful in causing trouble if it was too ugly.

It's small and in a relatively small space, but quite roomy inside. The entire thing is 9' long and 6' wide, but I managed to squeeze a lot of plants into it last year. In the last pic, you can see the downstairs door to the house - next to it is a window. I push the electric cord for the heater and the sensor cord for the thermometer out that window. The whole thing stayed pretty dry last year, but over the summer the plastic started to collect more and more water. I think I've fixed it so it'll collect less now, but we'll have to wait and see.

The shelves on the side, on cinder blocks, are closet shelves that came from Home Depot. The cinder blocks came from Dad's house. The new shelf on the end is a little more than half of a garment rack that was donated to the school missing some pieces. It won't work for garments, but makes a darn nice greenhouse shelf. And the nicest thing of all is that the greenhouse has it's own drain so I can overwater all I want!

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