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Well after weeks of “discussion” and theories and drawings and measurements and lots and lots of other things, I finally concluded that my family was never going to get a poly house for my seedlings erected soon enough without it costing me a fortune. I added up all the receipts from the DIY store and concluded it should all be returned. So that is just what I did, I took back pvc pipe and plastic sheeting and rebar and clips and tape and lots and lots of other materials and I got back $350 of my money.
So to get some protection for my little plants I ordered a greentent from a company call flowerhouses. It cost less than $300 including delivery and is exactly that, a pop up tent to use as a green house. I put it up on the concrete patio out back and it is fabulous! So far it has kept the temp at 10 degrees F above the outside temp, so for really cold nights I set up a electric heater, the kind used in dairy milk houses, that will automatic come on when the temp inside falls below 35 F.
Today I had my son take a pic of it and some of my seedlings so I could show it to you all!

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Your green tent looks fab.!
The seedlings will love growing in there.
Please keep us updated on how you get on with your new purchase as the weeks go by.
Clever idea. Well done! :o)

6 Dec, 2008

 

What a good idea! And it looks great. Come shine or hail, your plants will be protected till summer. The seedlings look great too.

6 Dec, 2008

 

Love it! An (almost) instant solution for (roughly) the same £sd.
Well done, Wohlibuli. I hope you get loads of pleasure from your greentent and it produces masses of happy plants.

6 Dec, 2008

 

Love your tent.

6 Dec, 2008

 

great idea getting a green tent.

6 Dec, 2008

 

Super idea and looks great! What size is your greentent? Thanks for sharing this :)

6 Dec, 2008

 

I really love this idea, i have a couple of the mini greenhouses in which i store my tender plants over winter, but they do have a tendancy to 'blow away' if the weather is a bit on the blustery side, lol but this looks really secure.

6 Dec, 2008

 

It's great. I hope it works for you .

7 Dec, 2008

amy
Amy
 

Its, a great idea , I haven,t seen any like that here it does solve a problem ................

7 Dec, 2008

 

Thank you for all the comments, I hope this is the solution to the problem of keeping plants for our short winter and getting a jump start on next spring. The tent is 8x8 feet with a center height of 6 1/2 ft.
It uses 12 inch metal stakes at each corner, so I did have to get a concrete anchor for one corner but the other 3 are in the soil around the patio, and it has guy wires out from all sides (which you can't really see in the picture) except the one facing the house, that and being somewhat protected by the house from winds, I'm hoping it will not be affected too much by windy conditions. We had 25 mph winds the day after I put it up and it did great!
I am very excited about this, I have wanted a greenhouse since I was a kid and this is as close as I have ever come. I even took a little chair inside so I could just sit and enjoy!!

7 Dec, 2008

 

This sounds like something I could use, as I no longer have a greenhouse (and the cost of a new one is, st the moment, prohibitive. Unfortunately, have not come acroos anything like this here.

17 Jan, 2009

 

David i saw something like this in Wilkos the other day around the £20 mark, not sure how sturdy, but you never know may just be the answer you are looking for. another tip they do the plant stands in B & Q that have plastic covering, so they can be used to store plants in the summer, and also are quite effective as cold frames, i have one which is outside all year round, very sheltered possition and is doing fine, i think this was about £35 but has quite a strong metal frame. hope this helps.

17 Jan, 2009

 

Many Thanks, Angie! I do have a five-tiered plastic greenhouse, which I used to put inside my proper greenhouse, just to add an additional microclimate for bringing on seeds which need extra heat to germinate. Also have 2 poly codframes, which are also good, and fold away easily when not needed. Will look into what you have mentioned, though. Wohli also sent me details of her "greentent", and will look into this also, tomorrow.

18 Jan, 2009

 

I have one similar to this, but it gets very wet and cold inside during the winter and my overwintering plants got waterlogged. I had to make some raised benches with slats to stop the rest from rotting. My glass greenhouse [which was in the same location] never got like this. Any suggestions as to how I can work in the dry without getting a shower each time I touch the frame? Plus side, of course, don't need to water so much in the summer.

27 Jan, 2009

 

Yes, that is a problem. One that I do have trouble with. However, I have got on a routine of opening the vents for 2-3 hours when the temp goes above 45F during the day. That and running a elec heater that comes on automatically at 40F seems to keep it dry enough. I have only watered once since putting it up. My guess is that it works better in areas of mild temps and not in really cold temps.

27 Jan, 2009

 

I didn't envisage having something like this up and running year-round. Was thinking of, say, March till October. I have had to leave a few permanent greenhouses behind over the years when we moved home - what an expensive waste!

28 Jan, 2009

 

Yes, just as I would only use this during the winter to add a few degrees and keep stuff growing, I can see your use as a boost of a few degrees to grow some high temp stuff in the summer.
Wendiam is correct in the moisture thing but with good venting you should be able to keep it at a minimum.
It's like when you go camping, the inside of the tent gets very humid!

28 Jan, 2009

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