Billie and Robert Nicholson

We finally decided the greenhouse kit we purchased several years ago had stayed in the garage long enough. We opened the box and were delighted that the kit came with an instruction book. Yes, a multi-page one. As we poured over it, we soon realized that one, we were thankful for the book and two, it was way more complicated than we had assumed. To be honest, we decided we needed some professional help from someone who had actually built something. Thanks to our handyman Mr. C.

First step was site preparation. We measured the space for the foot print, squaring it off with string. Instructions said dig out a 5” deep trench 4” wide and level the inside. Next, we covered the area generously with ground cover material to discourage weed growth around the foundation.

Next came digging trenches for utilities. We wanted water for a sprinkler system (extra) and electricity to run this, some lights (extra) and a vent fan (also extra). Fortunately we have an available irrigation zone with piping already accessible and an electric line in an adjoining workshop, otherwise, these would be big extras. Once the utility lines were in place, we could get back to the foundation.


The foundation sections were assembled and placed in the trench, making sure they were level and fit together squared up. Then it was time to get pea gravel to add into the trenches. For the 12’ x 10’ structure, we needed 22 – 0.5 cu. ft. (11 cu. ft) bags. Once the base was stabilized, the metal framing was assembled and bolted into place, four corner posts with braces first, then tying these together with the roof pieces.

Vent windows in the roof were installed, followed by bird deterrent (extra) to keep the birds from sitting on top and doing their business all down the windows. We may get some of that, but it will be fly-by. Next came hanging the doors and getting them level enough to close.

A wooden frame to hold the sprinklers, light and shelving/work benches was built. After these are completed it will be time to add the electric outlets and piping for the sprinklers. More Later


Photos by Billie Nicholson

Billie Nicholson, Editor
March 2016

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