|My $13.67 greenhouseperhaps|
I’ve oohed and aahed at greenhouses through the years as I’ve leafed through gardening catalogs. Greenhouse kits for “serious home gardeners” range upward from about $700. But, really, I’ve told myself, a greenhouse doesn’t fit well on our hillside lot. And, Frugal Me, I’ve often thought that buying a greenhouse just isn’t too practical for someone who probably won’t be doing “a lot” of gardening 10 years from now. But, yes, I still pause and fantasize when I see a greenhouse in a catalog.
Recently I thought that maybe I should “think small.” Why not “build” a very small greenhouse to see how long I can get lettuce to grow in our garden as winter approaches. I’d call it my greenhouseperhaps until I see if it really works.
I decided to buy a large, translucent, plastic storage container to serve as my greenhouseperhaps. I’d cut out the bottom, and I could use the top to protect plants growing inside from downpours or even light frosts or snow flurries.
|I cut out the center of the bottom|
I bought the Sterilite box because I thought the bottom was more soft than rigid so would surrender quickly to my knife. When I began to cut I discovered the going slow because the sides are molded thicker where they meet, though the center rectangle of the bottom is thinner than its edges. I used the carpet knife to cut along the line where the thicker edges met the center of the bottom. This “five-minute job” took nearly 45. The bottom edges that remain will help anchor the greenhouseperhaps.
My new greenhouseperhaps is now installed in the garden. I’ve planted three-week young Simpsons Curled and Red Sails lettuce seedlings in one row and Red Sails seeds in another. About six hours after I planted the lettuce, dark clouds ushered in a 20-minute downpour and I rushed to put on the lid to protect the transplants. I think the “click handles” will keep the lid in place during fairly strong wind gusts.
|Ready for frosty weather?|
I hope my greenhouseperhaps turns into just a plain greenhouse.
And to think it cost only $13.67.