Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Greenhouse Heads Toward Completion


In search of a salvaged door for the new greenhouse we went back to Recycletown at the Sonoma County Dump in Petaluma. Nothing caught our eye in the door section so we headed over to the windows again. After measuring and brainstorming we found a skinny window that matched the ones we had already installed. My husband decided to make a door out of that window and voila! We had our greenhouse door. The window in the lower right corner of the picture above is the one we took home that day.


Framed with more Redwood water tank wood and fitted with a Victorian era knob and latch found in an old farm's garbage pit the door came out perfect!

Fitted with re-purposed plexiglass from our friend Sylvia's printmaking studio and stained glass left over from a prior project the greenhouse is getting closer to completion. Leaded glass windows left over from my parents' house remodel join the 'new' door. The only thing actually new about the greenhouse is the polycarbonate roofing, Univent, nails, screws and the roof cap.


One rainy and windy day last month I spent some time sowing seeds in the new greenhouse. It was warm and dry inside. The beautiful colors of the wood and glass brought 'a tear to me eye!'. I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be at that moment. That is one good feeling!


Those seeds have now been transplanted and the extras have been doled out to friends.

Some went to their new home across town in a bicycle basket and some were carried to neighbors on foot. The greenhouse is doing its job and doing it well!

5 comments:

Guard Ducks on Duty said...

Looks incredible. You guys are so talented. Will Paul come build ours? :)

Mr. Homegrown said...

Wow--can we live in your greenhouse?

Jackson said...

Amazing! Any idea the total cost so far for the greenhouse?

Petaluma Homesteaders said...

The greenhouse has cost us about $400 in materials. Labor costs? A labor of love....

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Wowie. You have the Salvage Mojo.