What uncommon things do we want to become common?
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Greenhouse Adventure...Complete
I've been wanting a real greenhouse for a long time. The big ones worth having cost way too much (thousands of dollars) and the small ones don't seem worth it. In the past we've made small homemade ones out of tomato cage wire and thick clear plastic, but the wind would always tear them up pretty fast. After that Creg and the kids made me one out of old windows we got for free. That did pretty well except when we would be gone all day and I wasn't there to regulate the temperature. I killed all my tomato and pepper plant seedlings two years in a row because it was too cold to open the lid when I left home that morning and by the time I got home that evening it was sunny and very warm and all the plants were scorched. I thought my dreams of growing my own vegetable plants from seedlings were gone. I would have to surrender my self-sufficient ways and buy transplants at the garden center.
But this year is going to be different. I think I hit the jack pot! A friend of ours was renting a house in town and discovered an abandoned greenhouse next door. While we were talking one day she told me about it. We contacted the man, went to look at it and bought it for a great price. It is 9' x 20', a very nice size. It has a watering system, electric plugs, fans and vents for cooling, a time and temperature thermostat that will turn the fans on at a set temperature. The greenhouse is made with a redwood frame and is insulated with 10 mil polycarbonate panels. Plus it came with tables and racks and lots of pots.
It's not new by any means. It needs a new paint job, a few boards need to be replaced, and a fan needs some work, but this greenhouse is perfect for me.
After we bought it I was so excited...what a DEAL!!! I was all fired up about it until we started discussing how we were going to move it to our house. This monster greenhouse is quite a bit bigger than our trailer (2' wider and 4' longer). How were we going to move it? It looked too complicated to take apart and put back together again. What could we do? After much deliberation we decided we could take down 2 of the back fence panels in his yard, pull out one fence pole, and get about 12 strong backs to help us walk it out of the yard and onto our trailer. This was no small feat! There were trees and bushes to dodge, cinder blocks to step over, and the greenhouse was so long we had to work together in unison or something might break.
We called a bunch of our friends from Hope Church to meet us Saturday morning at 10am for the big move. When Creg & several others started to lift the house up with a crowbar the corner started to come apart. Oh no! Our plan was ruined before we started. However, with 14 helpers & several long wood boards for bracing, human ingenuity triumphed. When we slowly but surely got it onto the trailer, the previous owner commented, "Well, you've already surpassed my expectations." It took a lot of thinking and rearranging the boards and bracing for the house to be road worthy, but with the help of several smart engineering minds we were ready to head toward the farm after 2 hours of work. One pickup followed behind Creg with their hazard lights on and 3 or 4 guys rode in the back of our pickup to make sure no problems occurred during the drive home. We had to add several cross straps to the inside of the greenhouse when Creg made that first turn out of the alley (the whole thing wobbled terribly back and forth). After that final touch of genius, we slowly made it home safe and sound.
I am so thankful for my hardworking, patient, quick-thinking husband, and for all of our friends who came and gave of their time and energy and know-how to make it possible for me to have such a great greenhouse. THANKS EVERYONE!