I’ve wanted a greenhouse for fifteen years, pining for one at every home or garden show. This year at the Puyallup I finally plunked for one. I picked the SolarGem because the company has been in business for 20 years, gets good reviews from users, apparently lasts quite a few years, and is designed so light diffuses evenly in the whole greenhouse. It was also less expensive than many other models I looked at.
It’s light enough that two people can pick it up easily. That means it’s light enough to blow away too, so it’s held in place by sinking it into the site. Which meant digging the site. Alex and Ted prepared the trench last weekend to the company’s exact specifications, mounding the dirt in the middle, then covered the trench with a tarp through the first big autumn storm.
Yesterday, in the break between storms, the greenhouse was delivered. A truck came down the driveway at 9 a.m. The delivery team found to their delight that we had sited the greenhouse right next to the driveway, and that Ted and Alex had cut and leveled the trench properly. The company’s trench design had not specified that we needed to cut a trench for the door as well so Ted and Alex hurriedly carved out the door space.
The delivery crew dropped it in place, where it fit perfectly, and kicked the dirt over the lip of the greenhouse floor to hold it in place. This of course brought the neighbors out to watch the fun.
We have a lot of work still to do. We need to put weed cloth and pavers on the dirt floor. Also I plan to paint buckets black, fill them with water, and install them for passive solar heating.
The guys have been getting a kick out of watching the vent automatically open and close. I think it’s beautiful.