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Mini Greenhouses Start Plants Early
Gary and Carol Wood of Westlock, Alta., start their dahlia bulbs after winter in a set of mini greenhouses.
  He made them with 4-ft. long by 10-in. sections of glass he salvaged from old schoolbus doors. He started the project by constructing a wooden planter box, approximately 4 ft. long by 1 ft. wide by 10 in. high. He cut a 1/4-in. groove along the top edges of the long sides, and fastened a narrow wooden strip on the outside edge of the 2 long sides. Wood added plywood triangles (approximately 11 in. wide by 14 in. high) to the planter box’s short side top edges.
  One side of each box can easily be removed when needed. The other side is fixed in place. A spacer holds the loose side open as needed for ventilation.
  For ease of lifting or dragging the units, Wood made rope handles by drilling two holes in each short wooden end, and stringing sections of rope through them.
  “I built several of these greenhouses and I transport them to sunny areas of the yard using my lawn tractor and a 4 by 8-ft. mini hayrack,” Wood says. “Because they stay on the wagon wherever I unhook it, it’s easy to re-hook and bring them inside the shop at night to avoid frost.”
  Contact: FARMSHOW Followup, Garry and Carol Wood, RR 1, Site 9, Box 3, Westlock, Alta., Canada T7P 2N9 (ph 780-349-2104).


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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6