Monday, June 10, 2013

the greenhouse is finished....for now

finally...after another rainy, grey week we finally got the sun and the blue sky back. obligatory sky pic for my sweet sis!



being that is has been so rainy and we can't finish the greenhouse properly, we are calling it done. have a look-see:



she's a real beauty eh? oh i love my greenhouse! the area in the centre with the osb on it is there because the window that filled that space broke! but jambaloney was able to finnagle another window in it's place. i'm pointing this out because his original plan had the whole front be all windows.

anyway - here's the back - woohoo!



as you can see, due to all of the rain we have been having jambaloney decided to finish off the back with plastic. it works like a charm! we will wait for the less rainy days and jambaloney will continue working on the greenhouse. but we have other jobs that are catching up to us around the homestead so this will work for us until we have the time to get back to it.

with all the rainy, grey days we have been having, i felt like some stick-to-your-ribs steak and kidney stew - yummeh!



and on a lighter note, a dinner of vermicelli, apple, cucumber, shrimp and chives with a hot, sweet, salty, tart chili lime dressing. so spicey!


here's one side of the greenhouse. i moved all of my tomatoes off of the porch in order to be able to get the peppers out of the house and onto the porch! these tomatoes will be put in the ground as soon as i am sure of 3 straight days of sun. no worries tho, they are thriving in the greeenhouse!


here's some more tomatoes.


and here's all the rest!


as you can see, i am slowly decorating the greenhouse with my little bits of stuff. once the tomatoes are in the ground, jambaloney is going to build me a whole pile of shelves on the front and back of the greenhouse. i plan on putting the peppers in the greenhouse and leaving them there all season. we have several windows that open, one on each side of the greenhouse as well as automatic venting window things. the peppers will love the heat and humidity out there.

it's been a lot of work but that greenhouse is going to pay off in spades for extending our growing season. oh and sitting out there in the winter, bathing naked in the sun, is not the least of it's uses. i love my greenhouse!

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  1. I just had to come and sit down because my back is hurting, and I am so happy to see this post. That looks like a fine greenhouse. And, all the plants look happy.

    Before I wanted a greenhouse, I desperately wanted an 8'x8' little glass house with screens on some windows, so that I could sit and take in the heat and breezes of summer without mosquitoes. I planned to transition into fall by opening or closing windows as needed.

    Then, in the winter or the rain I could sit in there bundled up if necessary to read and enjoy the outdoors. There would be a chair, a table and a chandelier with candles.

    I even planned a wide "bench" to run the length of the back wall, a bench that could be hinged and dropped down. The plan was to lie on the bench and sleep if I wanted to in the sun.

    No, no naked sun bathing.

    It is good your massive greenhouse can serve double duty. And, you will have more vegetables!

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    1. Linda - i got the table and chairs - even an extra bed to put out there for sleeping - but i am going to need a proper southern chandelier with candles!!! pleeez do send eh?

      i am sorry that your back is hurting but i promise that if you were visiting i would be bringing you delicious food and proper southern tea (unsweetened of course) while you were lounging in the greenhouse (and wearing clothes. but i really recommend that you strip them all off!)

      you know exactly how this greenhouse will help us during our 4 seasons. we will grow all kinds of delicious food for 3 seasons...and during the winters, we'll be napping and reading on sunny days. sans clothes. bahahahahah!

      and ya - it really IS a big greenhouse. i keep threatening that i am going to move out there permanently. all i need built is a loft. oh and a southern chandelier!

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  2. Great job you guys. Hard work pays off. As I drive around near our new place I see many farms with large gardens for their own needs.

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    1. Rob, buddy - you and i both know that hard work pays off. you need to go and introduce yourself to some of them farmers - i bet they got a bunch of surplus veggies that they would be only too happy to share with a great guy like you! i am so happy that you are back in MN....soooo happy!

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  3. I'd love it too :)

    Congratulations - to jambaloney for creating such a magnificent greenhouse, and to you because jambaloney's expertise, thoughtfulness, persistence and care has given you somewhere to grow your veggies :)

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    1. Dani - git yer butt up here in about 6 months and we can enjoy the gorgeous winter days together, nekkid in the greenhouse, with snow all around and lots of good conversation. and if you wanted, you could bring RMan...and he and jambaloney could work on a whole pile of stuff while you and me lounged...in the sun - bahahahahahahah!

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  4. Sweet Kymber,

    Please thank Jambaloney for making my new greenhouse. :P
    I can't wait to move in.....Bahahahahahha!!!!

    It's beautiful, I'm so very happy for you. I can't wait read all the stories of what vegetables and fruit you'll be planting over the years in your, I mean my new greenhouse hehehehehheheh.......

    I need to get back to helping my Dad, I will catch up with you in a couple of days. Have a beautiful day.

    Your Friend,
    Sandy

    P.S. give Jambaloney a hug.

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    1. dear Sweet, Sweet Sandy - jambaloney says a big "your welcome" and he hopes that you will like living in our greenhouse! bahahahahahah! oh gurl - me, you, Helga, 1st Man, 2nd Man, JUGM, Mamma Bear and a whole pile of others could live quite happily out there. and all of us nekkid as the day we were born!

      i hope you don't mind that i will be using your new greenhouse until you get here and take it over???

      please give your beautiful Dad a kiss from me - and ask him to kiss you for me. we both send all of our most healing thoughts to your Dad...but he is one tough cookie. as is his daughter. and he is so proud of you! he is proud of all of your accomplishments in life...but i think he is proudest of your ability to get a couple of canadians to build you a greenhouse - bahahahahahahahah!

      jambaloney sends you back the biggest hug that he can. you're his special OK friend...he is worried about you. we both are. we know that you are under a lot of stress. but honey - we are here for you. let us know if there is anything that we can do.

      big, big hugs to the woman who owns my greenhouse! xoxoxo

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    2. sweet sandy..

      whenever you are ready to claim your new greenhouse come up and get it - i'll take you trout fishing to boot!

      sorry for your troubles - you are pretty awesome in keeping so upbeat. i wish your Dad all the best and i know you taking the best care of him!

      your friend,
      jambaloney

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  5. Jambaloney did a great job! It looks fantastic. I love the way you filled it will a sofa! :D

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    1. Joey buddy - if you say it looks fantastic - then that is all i need! you are my go-to bling expert and i really trust your opinion! i really do love it! i will be filling it with a proper bed and all kinds of netting come winter. but for the next 6 months - it will be filled with veggies! thanks so much for stopping by...it always makes me smile. lots of love eh?

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  6. Very nice. That couch looks like a great napping place in the winter. Good job.

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    1. MDR - buddy - you need to get your butt, and your gorgeous wife's butt up here and make us some proper texas chili, some ribs and some beautiful smoked chickens. once you do that, i'll let you nap in the greenhouse. for a whole 4 hours before i wake you to start cooking for us again. oh, no probs buddy - you are very welcome - bhahahahahahahah!

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  7. Ooooh, I did not see the couch! Neat!

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    1. Linda, girl - there's actually a couch on one side of the door and a great big giant love seat at the other side!!!! i am still putting out little decorative touches...stay tuned. i will show all of the interior of the greenhouse in the next post. but i am really gonna need that chandelier eh?

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    2. Just get a junky, non-working chandelier. Strip the electric and rig it where it will use led or candles. You can stick these glass things with a little nipple that sticks where the bulb goes. Then, a candle or led lights can go in there. If you want to lower and raise it so you don't have to climb, you could put a rope/chain to lower and raise and hook it to the side of the wall where it is handy to lower the central chandelier. I am sure jambaloney will be able to fix something wonderful. You can paint it before it goes up.

      Even wall sconces with candles would be cool. Yep, chandelier is a must....sort of. If you were closer, you could have one of the three in my basement! I have so much good junk.

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  8. oh kymber...your greenhouse is beautiful and you are going to love how warm that greenhouse is in the middle of winter. I had a table and chairs in mine until I needed the space. I also had little fairies and even wind chimes. I miss all of the growing. I only use mine now to overwinter my pineapple and a few house plants. I want to sell it but Papa Bear uses most of it for storing his junk.bahahaha If you begin to have a problem with your plants you may want to add a little circulating fan. It keeps your plants healthy and disease free.

    We need to figure out a way to email food or you need to stop posting such creations...I'm starving!

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    1. oh Mamma - i love my greenhouse. even tho it is owned by Sweet Sandy and i am never going to get Linda out of it - bahahahahah! Mamma - one thing i have learned in life is that if you have any spare space somewhere - a man will come along and fill that space with junk - bahahahahahha! jambaloney is now working on making four faucets to have four hoses that go all over our yard as well as digging a trench in order to provide electricity to our greenhouse...all with the advice, knowledge, and experience of our dear friend W!!! W knows everything about everything and his help has been thoroughly appreciated!

      oh ya. we need to email food. allllll of us need to learn how to email food!

      big hugs to you and Papa and that gorgeous Marine! xoxoxo

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  9. I hope you get oodles of use out of your new greenhouse!

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    1. Mr. Smythe - if the only use i get out of it is being able to suntan nekkid in it during the winter months, while i read and nap - oh - that will be oodles of use! but extending our growing season is a second best!

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  10. So how many plants are you going to evict for the sunbathing? The Greenhouse looks wonderful.

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    1. allll and every plant will be evicted for sunbathing. when it comes to sunbathing and plants...

      plants are varmin! alllll of them! oh and all of the trouts be R mine!

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  11. oh wow Gurlie! it is super fantistic! It is off the charts nice! You are going to love it. I would die to have a greenhouse. Who knows, if we move up to Carolina to my Father in laws property, Senior just might build me one.
    I would send you some cupcakes to celebrate, but you wouldn't get them until October..lol

    have fun in there! I know I would. My family would need to send out a search party...

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    1. Gurlie - it is sooo freakin awesome!!! you'll get a greenhouse - once Senior completes his PhD. in another 12 subjects...and passes off running his 14 small businesses to other people - you'll get your greenhouse - i just know it - bahahahahahah!

      where the hell are my cupcakes lady???? lots of love to you and yours...always eh?

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  12. Looks great! But when you get that sunburn in December you're gonna have some 'splainin' to do :)

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    1. thanks buddy! but nah - i don't burn so no probs there! bahahahaha!

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  13. It is starting to sound more like a detached sunroom with a couple of plants in it than a greenhouse. Did J know these were your plans?

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  14. Tanning salon or greenhouse? You be the judge!

    It's ten kinds of awesome. One of my favorite pictures I saved once upon a time was a greenhouse made of old discarded windows and doors of shapes and sizes. Ands you all did one! Amazing, I don't know what else to say.

    Oh, and it SO needs a chandelier. I agree 110%. With sparkly dangly bits that catch the sun and cast little rainbows all over the place!!

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    1. IT is ten kinds of awesome, my friend, and don't you know it! i have always thought that having a tanning salon and a greenhouse all in one would be a good small business for us to set up - bahahahahah!

      and no worries - i'll get me a chandelier! like a real tacky and junky one - bahahahahaha!

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  15. It looks lovely! Nice work!

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    1. thanks so much Wendy! you are one of the ones who really knows how this will extend our season! i can't wait to still be eating fresh herbs in december!

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  16. It's a lovely job. What a fantastic job and oh so useful !

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    1. oh Jane - don't you just know it! it will be sooo useful!

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  17. Great job, you two really know how to get it done. Check your gmail.

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    1. Max, buddy - we try! and we don't do too bad for being 40+yr olds! got your email....and laughed. bahahahahahah! sent ya one back!

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    1. sorry. My spelling sucked!

      Sure wish Jambaloney could come to the desert for a few weeks. I got lots of projects that could use a fine craftsman like him. Excellent job.It don't rain much but the wind blows 25 or 30 mph all the time. Makes it challenging. Great job! the rat

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    2. big bro' - jambaloney wishes he could come down and help you with some of your projects! and he really appreciates the praise for his work, as do i - it means a lot coming from you! thanks eh? love to you and Mrs. Rat.

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  19. It is just beautiful! Great job, both of you :)

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  20. Looks awesome. Whenever I get to building a greenhouse, I want one full of windows too. It just looks so classy!

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  21. I bought about half a dozen redwood 2x4's and ripped them in half on a table saw and used some plywood scraps I had laying around for the sides. I used 6 mil polyethylene plastic to cover it. best prices

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