DIY Greenhouse: Spikey Style

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Thursday 05 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

Like most things in life, I find if you scratch your head and think about something long enough, you can take on almost any challenge – or your head will just hurt and you’ll have given the old nits a run for their money. But that’s just how I live my life, and I guess the key to my success at reinvention. That’s not to say I’m perfect, crikey not even in the same ballpark on that score, but I am stubborn enough (or pig-headed enough some might say), not to give up on something.

In practical terms these days that translates into tackling all sorts of jobs simply due to the fact that I refuse to pay someone a wad of cash for doing something that they themselves had to learn; ergo, so can I. Plus we don’t have the cash spare; but that’s not always the main driver.

Examples of this include tree felling, welding, painting an entire house inside and out, plumbing, chain-link fencing and fruit farming to name but a few. I relish a challenge, and more than that, I love the feeling of achievement, especially as when we can’t afford to hire someone, actually doing stuff ourselves is the difference between a job actually getting done, or not!

One case in mind was our little greenhouse. In rural Turkey you won’t find posh little glass greenhouses delivered on a Saturday morning from your local DIY Superstore. None of that. This is serious fruit farming territory with hand-me-down know-how and apart from us and one other I know, every other smallholding are local mountain village folk who wouldn’t know “DIY” if it grew feathers are flew around the farmyard. 

We are therefore a bit of an oddity around these parts; but people seem to respect us, even if they can’t quite understand us (like why our veggies are in stupid neat rows and why we have names for the chickens etc).

Most people don’t bother with greenhouses, for we don’t have cold winters here so guys just grow whatever crops they can according to the climate. There are some tomato farms here with massive greenhouses, but I don’t know anyone else in the village with one like ours, lol… 

We made it ourselves from scratch, me and Aunty Spike working together. It was a bit awkward, a bit of a challenge, but it worked and is still in use 4 years down the line. 

First we selected a site, got it clear of rocks (i.e. pick-axe job for 2 days – foothills, so rocks and more rocks).

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CHOOSING THE SITE - BY THAT BIG ROCK

CHOOSING THE SITE – BY THAT BIG ROCK

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Then it was off to the builders merchants for some wide/flat curtain tracks, and some 2×2 roughcut wood from the sawmill.

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16 CURTAIN TRACKS, AND A PILE OF 2×2

 

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We then sandwiched together 2 curtain tracks and 2 pieces of 8mm building steel normally used in reinforced concrete. We had some left over from the house build.

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MAKING 'SANDWICHES' OF CURTAIN TRACKS & BUILDING STEEL RODS

MAKING ‘SANDWICHES’ OF CURTAIN TRACKS & BUILDING STEEL RODS

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Making the first 2 ‘loops’ was a laugh as each section was 6m (19′) long, but once we had a few more pieces to the puzzle, it stood up on it’s own.

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ALMOST THERE

ALMOST THERE

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STRUCTURAL FRAME COMPLETE

STRUCTURAL FRAME COMPLETE

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Then it was a matter of covering the frame with 36 month greenhouse polythene. As the next town is very much a commercial greenhouse area, the suppliers have huge rolls which enabled us to buy a single piece 7m x 9m (23′ x 30′)

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ALL SORTED !

ALL SORTED !

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We use it for various crops, but mostly it’s peas in the winter, simply as the birds destroy the flowers outdoors, so protected in there we get a better crop, then cherry toms, cucumber, lettuce… whatever takes our fancy.

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SNAP PEAS AND ROUND PEAS GROWING WELL

SNAP PEAS AND ROUND PEAS GROWING WELL

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ONE YEAR IT HAD AUBERGINES AND CUCUMBERS

ONE YEAR IT HAD AUBERGINES AND CUCUMBERS

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PEPPERS

PEPPERS

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This link will take you to more of Uncle Spikes ‘Builder’ type adventures.

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23 thoughts on “DIY Greenhouse: Spikey Style

  1. […] ending happening, and especially with the veggies. After removing the growing chicks from the home-made greenhouse to the chook house and enclosed pen, after dispatching the former residents to the freezer, it was […]

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  3. timecollage says:

    Haha, people can’t understand you because you plant in rows and your chickens have names, that’s hilarious!

    Nice job with the greenhouse, I’ll send a link to this post to my father, who always wanted to make a greenhouse but somehow never got to it.

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  4. neihtn2012 says:

    Bravo! I wish I could build one myself.

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  5. raiz1972 says:

    Brilliant spike, 100 times better than ready made one . Would never of thought of using curtain rails 🙂 brilliant !!

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  6. Immediately forwarded to my husband who dreams of building our greenhouse. Thanks!

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  7. Good job, Spike! It looks great> 🙂

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  8. Joe says:

    Awesome post Spike 😉

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  9. Good post – reminded me of a set of weekly DIY magazines I collected when I first got a house. It was called ‘The Knack’ and all of the projects were set out in photographs rather like your post. I never used the books or built anything I have to confess. You made a good job of that greenhouse.

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  10. mikesteeden says:

    As someone more than a tad dyslexic when it comes to matters DIY – I can’t even put a key in a lock without first contemplating which way I must turn it to open – your most excellent piece has given me what Victorian ladies might have referred to as the vapours! Once again, a very fine read to start my day off.

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  11. Kim13 says:

    Awesome job…kudos to both of you! I love doing things like this…gets me excited for my veggie garden project for this coming spring, which here is in just about 2 months. I best get planning.

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