Mini Greenhouse

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Project by Tyler posted 03-26-2012 02:21 AM 2094 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to quickly make these mini greenhouses to protect some raspberry plants that have budded from an upcoming frost. Although they’re not too pretty, they serve their purpose, and I was able to build them very quickly from mostly scraps. It is simply a bottom board with a hole cut in so it can be easily dropped over any small plant. Thanks for looking!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 04:19 AM


Nice idea! I also like your trellis. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 03-26-2012 04:31 AM

Great solution to a problem.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 05:46 AM

Very Nice Project!!

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 06:19 AM

Now that is one practical build!

What about the wind? Does it knock over the protectors?

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 12:15 PM

Great idea, simple.

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 02:54 PM

I just put these up yesterday, so I haven’t been able to see what the wind does to them. However, I made the bottoms out of heavy oak and faced them so the prevailing west winds hit only the smaller sides of them. If it still knocks them over, though, I plan on putting a few 3” nails through the bottoms to act as spikes to stick in the ground. Thanks for all the comments everybody!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 05:40 PM

Tyler, you need to submit this project to the GardenTenders website (see their link below). This is a great solution to a pressing need. Well done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 10:38 PM

Now that is ingenuity at it’s best, Tyler. Have you consider leaving it in place and using it as a growing guide when those bushes get taller? You just need to patent it and sell them to the local gardening centers.

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 10:58 PM

I was actually thinking about leaving it there permanently through the summer, but I’m not exactly sure how tall these plants get and how much these shorter pieces of wood would actually support them. As for the patent, I don’t know about that haha, but I’m sure I’ll perfect the design and sell a few to my surrounding neighbors and anyone else that wants them. And by the way, today’s strong winds did knock them down so I’ll be putting in the “grounding spikes” this weekend. Thanks for the responses, everyone!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 05:39 PM

That’s what I thought – the screen acts as a sail, and the bottom becomes too narrow to withstand incoming wind.

Yet another possible solution: add two small (frame thickness) sticks on the shorter sides of the bottom plank, so the ends would be sticking out for some 8-10 inches each. This should increase the resistance. But this is just an idea to improve an overall great project.

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 02:47 PM


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