Re: [gardeners] Greenhouse

Jane Burdekin (
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 05:30:18 -0600

It sounds like quite the move!  I can just see this greenhouse caravan
going down the street.  I know you  and Miz Anne will enjoy it year round. 
I can just hear you talking about harvesting tomatoes in Dec. and Jan.  as
if it weren't bad enough already while I'm under snow.  Have fun. 


> >From 10 am to 1 Pm today we worked at moving the greenhouse from our
> friends place, 10 blocks away, to our place. Rather than take it apart we
> moved it intact. We rolled it to the front of their lot on log rollers
> 2X4 runners. Always pays to have a bunch of construction hands moving
> something. Finally we stabbed on 4 14 foot 2X4's and 8 of us picked it
> walked it through a 4 foot deep ditch and put it on a lowboy trailer.
> we had to unload the James cannon that was on the trailer, that attracted
> lot of attention. Our friends are Civil War reenactors and have all the
> stuff for a field artillery unit at their house.
> With Miz Anne and the grandkids driving slowly ahead of the 1-ton Ford
> truck pulling the lowboy and our friends eldest son driving behind we
> caravanned down the street. Only had to make 3 turns and the move went
> smoothly. Here at the Shirley Swankienda the 8 of us heisted her up,
> it above the 4 foot hurricane fence, walked the greenhouse around to the
> east end of the garden and set her down. No one was injured, we didn't
> anything up including the greenhouse.
> I still have to take it apart to replace some bad timbers in the rafters
> and to put new corrugated stuff under the fiberglas. Will replace the
> screws holding the fiberglas on with stainless ones while I am at it.
> probably put a light coat of compatible paint on the inside of the roof
> while it's apart. With the light fiberglas I feel it needs a little more
> shade at the roof.
> Our friends had disconnected the electricity but I tested the fan after
> got home and it works well. Will probably install an automatic louver at
> the front to match the fan and louver at the back. The hooks are already
> place to hang my grow lights and I will put water and electricity to it
> conduit and PVC pipe. A couple of outdoor outlets and a timer or two and
> we're in business.
> There was some extra bounty thrown in, about 30 sacks of well-aged cow
> manure and about a hundred LARGE pots of various sizes and composition.
> their trash was a water hose reel so we lifted that too. Anne also found
> very small bikes they were throwing out and brought them home where I
> repair, repaint, and give to the local charity.
> In addition to getting a greenhouse for free, well, for a little labor,
> had a good time in the spirit of the community. My grandchildren were
> the opportunity to participate in the extended community of mankind and
> so cheerfully. It was a very good day today and life is good.
> George, tired but content