Well, I'm happy to report that the Greehouse "Structure" is complete. Now it's time to "Accessorize!"
Accessories so far...
Charley's Greenhouse had a shelving unit on sale (I think it's intended for orchids), and it seems to fit nicely. I like that it's tiered so, theoretically, I could stash some plants under, as well as on top of it. It "snaps" together (kinda - more like "squishes!"). It seems sturdy enough - if a little catty-wompus (probably partially b/c the ground isn't perfectly level). I will say it's not easy to move, once it's assembled (it wants to pop apart!). Originally I set it up "across" the back wall, but then I lost a lot of floor-space. I like it better on the side wall, pushed into the far back corner. That way I've still got plenty of room for my taller potted tropicals (that'll have to rest on the floor).
I also added a chair, so I can "hang out" in my little "Slice O' Summer" when the mercury drops. (at least that's the theory!). Ooh, I wonder if the WiFi will reach out that far back???
And I've added a fluorescent shop light - hung from some of the eye hooks I so wisely installed during construction!
...And a self-opening window vent (which will only work on the one window. The other window "binds" too much (a pretty common complaint with the HFGH - I think I'm lucky that ONE opens/closes easily!). We originally bought the ($20) vent-opener from HF - but it was missing pieces and I couldn't really get it to work. I ended up buying the Optivent opener from Charley's Greenhouse. I like it (it stays out of the way and I'm less likely to put out an eye!).
Biggest challenge with the GH, so far, is how stinkin' hot it gets out there! Even with the vents and door open, it tops 108* during the day (even when ambient temps are in the low 80's!). So some add'l ventilation will be critical. We bought a solar fan from HF. Looks like all the parts are "there!" We'll be assembling that soon, and I'll post pics... I also bought 60% shade cloth from Charley's - still in the package! And I need to add some vents toward the bottom of the GH to encourage air-flow throughout.
Anyway, there's still plenty to do, and I'll try to keep this page updated as well...........
08/26/07 The latest update is that I *can't* update this page without diving in and updating html code (Grrrr!). I've moved my latest update to...Nevermind!
08/30/07 Latest update is that the site is *mostly* fixed, so click above for the 2007 Solar Fan Update!