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From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.08.31 at 18:27:58(5319)
Well the greehouse is starting to look good. It is gigantic. 28 feet tall 30 feet wide and 72 feet long.
I have been taking pictures of the progress. The amish are building it and I plan to post all the coast of the whole thing. That is if people are interested in how much it coast to build something like this.

I already have plans for the artificial rock and waterfalls. Also decided to have a walk way on the top were the cross beams will be. So hopefully people will be able to walk about 13 feet up looking over the whole thing. Well i will try and keep everyone informed on the progress.

Look forward to haveing help filling the greehouse full LOL

From: Dean Sliger deanslgr at juno.com> on 2000.09.01 at 12:12:26(5326)
Gads, by the time you get plants going in that thing you'll have to give
up outdoor gardening altogether, possibly even your job, vacations,
movies, etc. I'm picturing, like, a sixteen hour daily regimen of
pinching and pruning!


From: Jim Singer jsinger at igc.org> on 2000.09.02 at 18:47:10(5330)
for one, i'm interested. not simply the cost, but the why and where of it
[sorry, i just joined the group; someone fill me in off list?]. it sound
like an enormous labor of love. [i hope she's impressed :-)]

From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.09.03 at 20:17:13(5337)
it sound
like an enormous labor of love. [i hope she's impressed :-)]

Hello well I am sure that this greenhouse will be a huge project and will
take a few years to get it were I will like it. But if you are a aroid or a
plant nut you know exactly why I am doing it. I have to say you have to be a
little crazy and love what you are doing. As for her being impressed !!!
Well, my girlfriend left me she said I love my plants more than her? I don't
know were she got that from. But hopefully I can find a nice girl who likes
that some things I like. I will be looking. LOL THANKS

From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.09.07 at 20:13:56(5373)
No, he will have a fabulous time wandering, playing, watching, and enjoying
every moment.

From: "MJ Hatfield" <mjhatfield at oneota.org> on 2004.10.03 at 14:38:43(12242)

sent these questions to several of you individually who offered help before I
saw the request to post them on list.

two of you asked that the answers to my greenhouse questions be posted to the
list, perhaps we should.

hope the other folks on this list aren’t bored with this.

are some of my first, VERY BASIC, questions.

1. What temperature
range would be “ideal” for a majority of Aroids, 65-85F?

2. Should I have a
different temperature range for night?

3. Keep the air
moving of course.

4. Humidity
can’t be too high can it?

5. Direct sun? I am
nestled in amongst trees on the east side and the north side and when the sun
sinks lower in the sky I will have some south shade as well and in the far west
I have more trees. (This was the ONLY spot level enough without trees to even
put a greenhouse and it’s in my front yard.) I think that I can put many plants
under the tables holding other plants so that they will get more shade. I hate
to think of immediately covering the inside of the greenhouse with shade cloth
but I don’t want to scorch them either.

6. I grow mostly
Amorphophallus and in the past have put the dormant tubers either in the
basement (55F) or other places in the house (65-70F) Can they stay in the heat
of the greenhouse when dormant? I would assume yes they can.

7. I also have some
Dracontiums, Pseudodracontiums, Anthuriums, Philodendrons, ferns, Brugmansias,
common ordinary house plants, cacti, and such.

I do realize a lot
of this will be trial and error for specific my site and weather and it would
have been nice to have the greenhouse up earlier than this so I could
experiment a bit. But when the plants come in they will all have to come in due
to outside dropping temperatures.

8. Do you have a
favorite greenhouse book to recommend?

Thanks to you.

MJ Hatfield

From: "Jeff Rosenstiel" <jjjj4 at comcast.net> on 2004.10.03 at 17:15:08(12244)
I have to tell yea, that both the "neighbor's garage"and mine have been known to
house plants on very cool nights, or when I have been known to move way to
much out early in the spring, Makes for a easy way to put them out of
harms way for the night.
I agree with the 65 for temps, ( keeps the heating bills down) moving air,
and lights threw out the green house to make up for the lack of hours of sun, in
the dead of winter here.
Have the same problems here with living in the middle of pines and oaks
here, finding a ideal spot for the greenhouse was not possible.

From: "Susan Cooper" <coops at execpc.com> on 2004.10.03 at 19:35:38(12246)
What kind of greenhouse, glass, plastic, polycarbonate? I suppose that
would make a difference with the sun protection, right?


From: "MJ Hatfield" <mjhatfield at oneota.org> on 2004.10.04 at 04:51:52(12248)

I am not going to have banks of lights other than good
lighting to see. I figure that the greenhouse will be so much better than
inside my house that lights aren’t a necessity. Also, keeping lights on
in a greenhouse in the front yard could bother neighbors especially since I’ve
been on a crusade in this neighborhood to have outside lights turned off at
night (except when one is coming home late or having company) so that we (I)
can see the stars at night. (I’ve even purchased a downward
pointing light for the neighbor who insists that a pole light protects his
house. But that’s another story.)


It has twin wall polycarbonate side walls and triple wall
poly on the roof.


From: Brian Williams <pugturd at alltel.net> on 2004.10.06 at 21:38:33(12256)
Your very right about our greenhouses not being a normal hobby houses.
But many people up north should look into different heat sources for
there greenhouse as the wood burning furnaces are making a big impact up
north and here in many buisnesses. Natural gas is so high it is very
expensive to heat a nice size greenhouse for a whole winter. With a
furnace which is basically a stove with a internal shell around the
burning area full of water heats the water to 180f the water is pumped
through the floor of the greenhouse in pipes and heats the ground temp
to whatever temps your after. The smaller setups are a few thousand
bucks but should pay for themselfs in the long run.
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