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Garage GH

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Eddie729, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Eddie729

    Eddie729 New Member

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    The first couple of years in the new house, Linda and I overwintered our plants inside. The problem was they took over the kitchen and the family room. It took forever to water, we could never keep the humidity up and many of the plants were pretty unhappy.

    Then we built our Garage GH - PVC pipe, plastic sheeting and duct tape; completely within the garage. At first we used cheapo flouescents but have since graduated to an 8 bulb T5 fixture. It works fairly well. We liked it so much we added a water feature!
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    O man does this bring back memories of about 20 years ago, I think we all go through this stage. Your doing good , My humidifyer was a cattle water tank with a fountian pump, Heater with an old milkhouse heater with cermaic towers it was the latest.
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    I like it!

    So, how many of your neighbors are wondering what you are up to in there?
     
  4. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    It looks great! Hmm, I could do something like this.....
     
  5. Eddie729

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    Well, one neighbor said we were making it hard to teach his kids to turn off lights. Even with the timers, the lights were always on whenever the kids were awake!

    Karen - you could easily do something like this. Only took a couple of hours to put together once we figured out what size structure we could get in there. Hardest thing is controlling the temp and humidity. But after 18 or 20 years of watering things in the house, it sure is a pleasure not to worry about where the runoff goes!
     
  6. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    :D

    I think everytime I bring someone to my GH that is not an orchid person they are disappointed that I am not growing pot.
     
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    Jean whatever

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    So why not?
     
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    That's strange Forrest, everyone I bring to see the greenhouses is an orchid person.
     
  9. This_guy_Bri

    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    i work in a greenhouse and people think they're being clever and the first person ever to ask where we grow it....
    like we'd tell them! i mean... ummm....
     
  10. Mary Jane

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    I like that a lot. Do you have any plans of ever having a greenhouse or is this sufficient for your needs?
    My friends used to always talk 'you need a greenhouse'. Uh, no I don't. Thanks but no.
    Maybe a nice sunroom with a floor drain....
     
  11. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Tht is a great idea...I might be able to d osomething like that in the basement, hmmmmm
     
  12. Linda-PA

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    It really has worked out well. It never gets really cold in the garage because of the heat ducts and we run a utility heater for the cat. And at 5' x 8' it is easy to keep the humidity up. Of course, we can't get a car in the garage but there's so much crap in there we couldn't before the GH! I still want to come up with something for the floor that would catch water so we could use a hose in there - like a giant kiddie pool!

    I'm with you, Mary Jane on the sunroom. I'd love a space that you could hose down but still be able to use as living space.....with a big koi pond! Right now it meets our needs and gives us some room to start vegetable seedlings. However, the new light made such a difference that if things continue to do well I can see us revisiting the GH idea as the collection starts to grow again.
     
  13. Eddie729

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    Certainly a GH was our intent when we bought the place. Right now we both seem to be more focused more on the outside spaces. But - never say never......

    Tom - it would certainly work in a basement. Just have seal it better keep the humidity enclosed. And dealing with the water runoff would be more critical.
     
  14. dounoharm

    dounoharm almost there

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    excellent job, and the orchids look so happy! do you have koi in your 'pond'?
     
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    We have koi and an assortment of goldfish. They go in the outdoor water feature during the summer but it isn't deep enough for them to overwinter in there. Besides that, I kind of like them; they're all named and were hand-fed last summer.
     
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    Are you gonna paint that pink refrigerator?
     
  17. Linda-PA

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    Eddie says its brick red and not to make fun of it. It houses over 200 bottles of wine.

    So what are you doing later?
     
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    awesome. got your wine at arms length. Now all you need in there is a kegerator.
     
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    yea, well, not many people that I know locally are into orchids. but when people are over they get curious.

    I also am usually pretty entertained by watching their reaction. I think they are picturing this GH bursting with Phalaenopsis and Cattleya flowers and instead they get miniatures, most of which you have to pick up and try to find the flower on.
     
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    Yeah, we used to get a lot of, "that's interesting". I never really figured out whether interesting was a good thing or a bad thing.