Build a Great Greenhouse using Recycled Windows

greenhouse built using recycled windows

A Smart Use of Underused Space

This great greenhouse is situated below their home's upper deck – what a clever way Bev and her husband made of this otherwise under-utilized space!

Bev started building it last Oct (2011) and it took around two months, but she says "more like a month really, as we had time out due to sickness and a trip."

Bev says: "Here is my great greenhouse/potting shed. I built four bins, two on top, and two underneath, for potting mixtures.


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concealed greenhouse potting bins

Top Two Bins Have
Removable Covers

The two top ones have removable covers, so in the winter I can just plant lettuce and spinach right in them! All the counters are slatted boards. I did start some broccoli and cabbage and a few are starting to come up in pots.

Can't wait to get them outside so they can get some real sun! I've just stained the counters and need to apply spa varnish before I start to work out there. Onions will be next!

I do those by seed so I need to start them early ... I did them in the spring last year so they are still out in the garden growing!"



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Measure Twice, Cut Three Times!

According to Bev, to make the best greenhouse it was a case of "measure twice and cut three times!" (I know how *that* goes!) :-) and claims that they're total newbies at DIY stuff (though I can't tell – just look at these great photos!) – just a bit of touch-up paint/stain, and the job's a good 'un! :-)

The greenhouse was built around the recycled windows – but the rest of the stuff was from Lowe's.

The siding is called LP SmartSide Paneling – pressed-wood pieces on one side, and molded to look like paneling on the other side. The panels come pre-primed and ready to paint!

Bev put up pegboard on the walls, very handy for hanging tools.

I Have All My Seedlings Here ...

I asked Bev what she will grow in her great greenhouse?

She told me "I have all my seedlings here; tomatoes, peppers, squash of all kinds; herbs and some flowers – and eggplant!

I had my broccoli, cabbage, and Swiss chard started in there, but they are now outside."

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Master Gardener Certification

It's vitally important to know what you're doing. To that end, Bev decided that she would take classes and obtain her Master Gardener certification.

The course started February 2nd, and finished on April 19th – and Bev's now a proud Master Gardener! I asked Bev what's the best thing she learned from the Master Gardener classes?

Her response: "We had some great hands-on classes about pruning fruit trees and smaller fruits like grapes, blueberries, and raspberries, and Companion Planting or Farm Scaping which means planting certain veg and/or flowers next to certain vegetables to repel or attract good bugs and bad bugs ... as well as rotating your veggies with plants that are not within the same family. Kind of an organic type of pest control."


Bev's Great Greenhouse with easy out-of-the-rain access

Community Garden

I posed this question to Bev next: Will you use the Master Gardener Certification for your own use, or do you think you'll utilize it in another capacity?

Bev: "Mostly for my own use but I am also helping start a community garden for some folks I know and plan to do some volunteer work for Jackson and Swain County (in North Carolina).

We need to continue to put in 20- to 40-hours a year of training and volunteer work to keep our certification."

What A Great Greenhouse!

narrow greenhouse shelves perfect for pots

Volunteer To
Maintain Certification

Wow, I certainly didn't know you had to do volunteer work, and the like, to maintain certification! You learn something new every day ;-)

To be honest, I've never met such a hard-working lady – not only does Bev do all this but she's a top-notch Realtor too! (I need to remind you that if you're so inclined to be looking for private get-aways, close to streams etc, Bev has a couple of fantastic listings ... click here to go to Bev's site).


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