The Story Behind Our Greenhouse
More people than ever have started setting up gardens, and more people than ever have been wondering about our greenhouse, and if we can make one like it, or a smaller one. The truth is, like all things, is it started by me breaking something first. When my son and I were throwing a football around, I threw straight through our garage window. Being ever cheap, I found some free glass on line that I could cut up and use. When I got there this guy had glass everywhere, and he said take it all. "All of it" just happened to be a couple pieces of float glass that I could use to replace the window, but most it came from an old country church, and it was all 1/2 inch tempered glass, all the same size - 5 feet by 2 feet. He said he was going to make a greenhouse but just never started. Over the next year I cleaned, took apart, and reframed all 55 panels of glass. After that the next two years consisted of making the frame and putting it together. It is all done in traditional post and beam construction, meaning there is no bolts, screws, nails, or glue. It all fits together like a puzzle, and is held together by wooden pegs made by hand. In fact the whole thing is made with four tools- a tape measure, a saw, a chisel and a hand plane. If it was not for the free glass, there is no way we could have the greenhouse that we do, the glass alone would be the price of a car. each panel being about $350 or so new. It was a side project that I fit in between work and other projects, and I usually have at least one of these type of things going at once, where it looks like it will never get done, but given time, it does.