2012 - Volume #36, Issue #1, Page #27
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Fold-Down Greenhouse

Jeff Howard spent three years designing and developing a greenhouse that you can open or close according to the weather. Similar to a convertible car roof, the clear plastic attaches to a framework that easily folds to one side when temperatures rise.
  “The most important thing is the flexibility,” says Howard. “You can use them in the desert or, like me, here in Montana in the winter.”
  Howard has introduced two stand-alone models and two models designed to attach to the south side of a building. The stand alones include the GardenArch, with 112 sq. ft. and a 6-ft., 4-in. interior ridge, and the GardenPro, with 153 sq. ft. and an 8-ft. interior ridge. The SouthSider has 76 sq. ft. with an 8-ft. ridge at the building wall. The SouthSider Jr. has 56 sq. ft. with a height of 6 ft., 2 in. at the building wall.
  “These are sized for backyard use,” says Howard. “I’ve grown plants in all of them. They are easy to operate and make harvesting a lot more convenient.”
  The GardenArch and the SouthSider Jr. are entered by raising the greenhouse walls. All sections can be folded up and out of the way for easy storage. The GardenPro has an entry door.
  All models are vented and feature a simple pulley system with spring-loaded latches and handles to lift frame sections out of the way. They also share a galvanized steel frame and durable 6-mil thermal greenhouse film.
  “Plastic, like any fabric, will give out if it’s folded and refolded,” says Howard. “With minimal wear, you should be able to get 4 to 6 years use out of it. We have a 10-year warranty on all metal parts.
  “Because the sections fold up and out of the way, beds can be planted right up against the lower walls,” says Howard. “When it’s time to harvest, just lift the wall to access.”
  Prices range from $449 for the SouthSider Jr. to $995 for the GardenPro Greenhouse. Center shelving units and replacement covers are options with each unit. Solid vinyl covers are also available for all but the SouthSider, turning the greenhouses into year round storage. Wooden bases required for the larger models are not included in the price.
  “They are easy to put up and come with detailed instructions,” says Howard. “If the wood base is in place, putting up even the largest one will only take about a day. I could put it up in about two to three hours, but having a second set of hands is always nice.”
  For a video on opening and closing the GardenArch Convertible Greenhouse, go to www.farmshow.com.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Convertible Greenhouse Co., P.O. Box 1635, Missoula, Mont. 59801 (ph toll free 877 818-5158; www.convertiblegreenhouse.com).

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