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I NEED SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT MY OPLANTS IN THE WINTER. Answered

I have been collecting materials to build a greenhouse/potting shed. I have alor of hanging baskets , ferns, moss rose, spider plants and tons of planters full of annuals that I have bought for 2 years in a row and I now see that it is not cost effective to keep buying them new year after year....(also bad on my back) I'm not getting any younger here..............I need a place to pot flowers and to keep these from freezing this winter.
I have a sliding glass door and 5 windows, so far.  3 are one size and the other two are another. I envision something with the sliding glass door on one end, the 3 windows on one side and the other two on the end opposite the sliding glass door. I think I should use the rippled fiblerglass stuff for the top.
How hard is this going to be to frame and could someone give me an extimate of what it might cost me to get it it done. Should I use cinderblock or wood framing and will they live in wouthern Illinois without me heating the shed?
kimberlyballard22@yahoo.com

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JulianKing

6 years ago

So you basically want to build a shed with lots of windows. If you plan everything properly, I think you could build it under 1k. Make sure you choose a proper location, otherwise the plants won't get enough light. Take a look on these plans, as they could be a good starting point. Good luck!

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mlbdante

7 years ago

Shed building help, visit this website and click on the link very helpful and worth it!

http://shedsmadeeasy.webs.com/

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iceng

7 years ago

I,m from Cicero ( that is next to Chicago for the curious ) and can easily tell you Heating is necessary and may be expensive if you don't install heat night shades for a well insulated green house and then in summer you will need forced ventilation to keep it cool.

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seandogueiceng

Answer 7 years ago

+1 Can't agree more. passive won't cut it in my area anyway (Cleveland Ohio)

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seandogue

7 years ago

Kimberly, I'm doing something similar. I brought them all inside and have set up an area in which I can keep them all happy during the winter months. They just came in earlier this week, and in a few days I'll be pruning them back to reduce the size of the plants and make new rootlings to increase my arsenal of flowers for next year too!

The basement comes to mind. Cool but not freezing, and as long as you're thoughtful about watering, all should be well. I have a pair of regular flourescents for lighting to deal with the minimal amount of natural light that comes in through the few small windows down there...

I'd suggest that you consider using the basement this year and have your setup in place for next fall. seems a bit late to be hustling to get it done now...(imo)

BTW, If you're in zone 5 or any colder, you're going to need a source of heat above and beyond captured sunlight for an outdoor greenhouse/etc.