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Internet Tools: How To Build a Greenhouse0

I love gardening—even though my thumb is more gray than green.  As I cook quite a bit, I tend to grow plants that I can eat, such as basil, rosemary, cilantro, and green onion.*  I’ve tried tomatoes . . .no luck there.

I’m looking to expand the size of my little garden—and a greenhouse would be ideal for my purposes.  But how big do I want it to be?  What materials do I use?  Should it be a portable or a permanent structure? 

To answer these questions, I donned my thinkin’ cap (it’s a solid helmet with two beer holders and a straw that feeds directly to my mouth) and hit the Internet.

The Wayback Machine:  While not an all-encompassing set of instructions needed to build a greenhouse, this site does offer a lot of great information—primarily in the form of images.  It’s a great starting point if you want a good look at a well-constructed greenhouse (made of PVC!) that is not an eyesore to your back yard.  A list of building materials is included, though no cost of materials is provided.

Westside Gardener:  Apparently this greenhouse is so easy to build that they had a little kid do it.  Really!  Take a look at the site and you’ll see what I mean!  And even though a little tike is doing the construction, this site is a comprehensive look at how to tackle building a greenhouse.  Numerous photos, a materials list (with estimated cost) and a FAQ concerning PVC greenhouses makes Internet tool as handy as a screwdriver.

BuildEazy:  Though only two pages in length, this site offers a wealth of detailed information.  Well-written instructions supported by multiple diagrams and a materials list make this a resource worth checking out.

I’d better get to work!  Spring isn’t far off and I’m lookin’ forward to growing some delicious stuff!  I may even take another shot at the tomatoes . . .

*Here’s a quick tip on growing green onion: Go to your local grocery store and buy a little bundle of them from the produce section.  Cut them about ¼ inch up from the bulbs.  Place these in a little pot of soil.  Eat the rest.  In just a few days you’ll see the bulbs begin to sprout all new stalks.  Simply harvest these with scissors, leaving the bulbs in the soil.  I’ve been eating on the same 49-cent package of green onions for almost a year now!

by John Barker

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