I have always had a thing for greenhouses. There is just something magical about walking through a door on a cold winter’s day and instantly being transported to summer, or more accurately to a humid, earthy, tropical climate.
Of course, traveling instantly to the tropics is only one advantage greenhouses have to offer. This greenhouse, at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline, Washington, dates back to the 1970s and is where cuttings of exotic and rare plants are nursed to success.
Many miracles happen here in this modest, hard-working structure.
But the needs of the average homeowner, the hobby gardener, are usually simpler. A hobby greenhouse could be used for overwintering tender garden plants, forcing winter bulbs, starting seedlings, or giving vegetables like tomatoes a running start in spring and a longer season to produce.
Because of all the great things a greenhouse can do, I have wanted one ever since I first took an interest in gardening.
Fantasy Becomes Reality – Sort Of
Unused and seemingly forgotten greenhouses, like this one at a winery in Woodinville, Washington, hold a special intrigue for me.
What a fun rehab project this would be. I just want to load it onto a flatbed truck and take it home.
And to continue my fantasy, once I was finished renovating it, it would look more like this:
Not that our garden would even be large enough for this, the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle.
But a girl can dream. And I’m thrilled to report that recently my dream has come true. Yes, we bought a greenhouse! And here it is:
As you might have noticed, it needs a little work. It’s sitting in pieces in our garage waiting for us to prepare the site and pour a foundation.
It’s a small, lightly used Sunglo greenhouse that Chris found on Craigslist. It’s a “lean-to” greenhouse, which basically means it’s half of a greenhouse, attached to the side of a building. In our case, it will be attached to the south side of our garage.
And I plan to make it the cutest, most productive little lean-to greenhouse this world has ever seen. Or at least a better place to overwinter plants than our mudroom.
Once we break ground on the construction, I will be providing updates. So stay tuned!
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