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Old May 28, 2007   #1
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Default Removable free-standing greenhouse

In an effort to get just a bit of a head-start this year, we relocated some raised beds to a nice sunny spot, which is unfortunately the coldest place in the yard. I built this little shelter which can be completely disassembled when the tomatoes outgrow it. The forecast is for mid-40's at night for the next several days, but normally I don't plant out even in the warmest part of the yard before about today. I've put one sacrificial tomato in this shelter with more to follow soon.
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Pretty neat idea Sherry! Might adopt it for next year.
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In an effort to get just a bit of a head-start this year, ------ I built this little shelter which can be completely disassembled when the tomatoes outgrow it. ------.
Sherry,

Really good work! You will get a lot more growing in your zone.

Based on my experience so far with my removable greenhouse and hoophouse, it has made a very dramatic difference in my ability to grow plants. It has exceeded all my expectations! I am several months early for my zone. Its a great relief also not to have to worry about frost. I hope to have my first ripe fruits (Black Krim) in another couple of weeks !

My setup is a little more complete in that it has insulated panels, emergency heat, and thermostatically ventilated.

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P.S. Be careful on a sunny day. It can get heated up really quickly.
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There are slits in the top to allow venting and drainage; also the whole top can be opened as necessary. Even here, I expect to have to open the top on a nice sunny day.

Due to the location, I'm unable to provide any external heat source. I'd need a really, really long extension cord.

This little structure really helped to heat up the soil much faster than normal and is keeping my plant toasty warm and protected from the wind. I think I'll get really brave and plant a couple more today.

Here's a picture of the skeleton. It's made from 3/4" PVC. Very easy and lightweight.
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Is that Velcro you are using for the top?

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Sherry,

Looks the the begining of a really cool project ! Awesome !

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Granny -- You really should. It's so very simple.

dcarch -- Yes, it's Velcro.

Tom -- Thanks! I'm really hoping it will give me that little extra boost I need in this climate.
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----dcarch -- Yes, it's Velcro.
How ingenious! Velcro! Why didn't I think of that!

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Velcro -- No home should be without it!
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