Introduction: Fixing and Improving Old Greenhouse
This is the second part of the automatic garden project.
Water system can be found here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Rain-Wa...
In this Instructable I will show the process and the thoughts behind the restoring/fixing and upgrade of the old greenhouse that was in our backyard when we moved here.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Getting an Overview of the Damage.
First of all I took a look on the damage I had to repair.
Moved everything out and started removing the glass... with a hammer...
Step 2: Sawing the Pieces for the Garden Beds.
For the garden beds, I took some old floor planks and measured out the possible length and height of the beds. I made sure I only had just enough wood. nothing to waste!
Then proceeding to saw out the pieces.
Step 3: Assemble the Pieces.
I then screw them together with stainless steel screws. (A2)
Step 4: Hammer It Into the Ground!
I placed them in the position I wanted them.
Wide enough from each other to have room for a wheel barrel between. And they are level!
Step 5: Making the Finish Touch.
I made some bird protecting covers from some scrap wood I had laying around, and some net from ebay
Step 6: Cleaning the Greenhouse.
After removing the glass.. with a hammer.. I cleaned up the glass shards.
the glass was glued to the frame so it was not easy to remove without breaking it anyway.
I then dug up some of the dirt and placed it in the garden beds.
The removed dirt made room for some new fertilized soil. and separated with a wooden plank I first laid some weed protective sheets. and then sand to lay tiles on.
I then placed the concrete tiles on the sand.
Step 7: Take a Break.
laying tiles is hard work so we took a break.
Step 8: Cut and Insert the Thermoclear Roofing.
I then calculated how much I needed to cover the entire greenhouse, and then bought it.
I then cut the plastic with a jigsaw with a metal blade. I chose this because the blade is with small teeth, and wont rip the plastic.
Step 9: Connect Water.
in the Water system Instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Rain-Wa...) where I show how I made this.
Step 10: The Control Center.
I bought a small garden table in the local hardware shop. I then cut a hole in it with my jigsaw with wood blade. in this hole I put an old sink I had laying around. I also installed the Tap.
Step 11: Making the Electronics.
I made an arduino system with relays that can activate water pumps and control the
But this will be more specific in a future Instructable! so stay tuned!
Step 12: Installing the Electronics.
I installed the electronic box and the water pumps. shopping list will be in the electronic Instructable.
Step 13: 3D Printing Brackets.
I then bought some fittings and 3D printed a bracket to mount the fitting with.
Step 14: Feel Like a Plumber.
I then installed the tubes, I used air tubes cause I had them from another project, but you can get some on Ebay. just make sure they fit on the pumps.
Step 15: Final Touch and Then Done!
Finaly I made a second bird cover for the second gardenbed, gave it some paint and installed the lights in the greenhouse.
Then i plated some plants. (tomato, cucumber and chili) and it was done!
I added a 3D file for a bracket that can be used in most greenhouse frames to attach wires and other stuff to.
feel free to used it! :-)
That was it for this time! The electronics was working great over the summer and I have some ideas for improvements to next summer. it's gonna be great!
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