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    Default Alaska Greenhouse, 2019

    Day time temps near 80
    Plugged in heat tape on 4/6
    Mixed in some compost to the GH soil boxes. 4/8

    Put in some Cuc seeds. 4/9

    Sweet success cucumbers sprouted on April 14TH.

    Put 5 Cuc seeds in pots. (back ups) 4/15
    Trying to start some Asparagus in pots to get a patch going in the garden.

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    Was working this am,
    but Cucs ok

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    Planted tomatoes. yesterday
    Mid Valley (Hyer/Parks Hwy) GH has some good looking plants
    Started some lettuce/brocc ..... seeds...for garden

    Both Toms & Cucs Looking good today :
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    When is a good time to start squash. (zucchini's)

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    I have seeds in pots (5 days ago) , are just popping thru the soil.
    I soak the seeds for about an hour , then plant.

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    planning on finally building a greenhouse this year, getting real sick of those tents and they never work well anyway, was thinking 8'x16', 2x4 framed w/ suntuf panels. anything you guys wish your greenhouse have or dont have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenmachine View Post
    planning on finally building a greenhouse this year, getting real sick of those tents and they never work well anyway, was thinking 8'x16', 2x4 framed w/ suntuf panels. anything you guys wish your greenhouse have or dont have?
    No, not really, just a building suggestion. I've built a couple greenhouses with the suntuf panels you are referring to. The first time I ran the panels with the grain (so to speak) meaning the corrugations run parallel to the direction of the studs and rafters. The second time I ran the panels perpendicular. If I was to build another one, I would definitely go the perpendicular direction again. It's hard to explain, but basically there is a lot less cutting involved, a lot less seams to work with, and the structure is a lot more airtight/watertight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenmachine View Post
    planning on finally building a greenhouse this year, getting real sick of those tents and they never work well anyway, was thinking 8'x16', 2x4 framed w/ suntuf panels. anything you guys wish your greenhouse have or dont have?
    Build sturdy counter tops or built in counter top height planting boxes around the perimeter, small shelves higher up are good too. Build it with a wide door and good ventilation, place it with the predominate wind direction in mind.
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    A 12 x 12 works good ,there is room to move around and still have room for plants .

    Quote Originally Posted by greenmachine View Post
    planning on finally building a greenhouse this year, getting real sick of those tents and they never work well anyway, was thinking 8'x16', 2x4 framed w/ suntuf panels. anything you guys wish your greenhouse have or dont have?

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    It's been my observation that no matter what size Green House, Shop, or garage I build, I always seem to wish I'd have built it a little bigger. I built an 8x10 because I just wanted to grow a couple vine ripened tomatoes... Then the lady in charge of laundry and morale wanted a couple cucumbers, and etc, etc, etc,,,, a 12x12 would have been better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    It's been my observation that no matter what size Green House, Shop, or garage I build, I always seem to wish I'd have built it a little bigger. I built an 8x10 because I just wanted to grow a couple vine ripened tomatoes... Then the lady in charge of laundry and morale wanted a couple cucumbers, and etc, etc, etc,,,, a 12x12 would have been better...
    +1 for 12'X12'

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    Pinched some suckers off tomatoes, potted them
    for later garden plants (they root pretty easy, just keep wet)
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    Cucs & toms growing good
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    Thanks everyone, 12x12 sounds like it might be the way to go, good tips from all. I think I've got my summer project picked out.

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    Default Cool Rainy day

    Got several seeds in trays
    lettuce to Zucs

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    Spenard Builders sell a 12 x12 greenhouse kit. Another thing that helps is a exhaust fan on a thermostat . They can build heat in a heartbeat as the weather warms up.


    Quote Originally Posted by greenmachine View Post
    Thanks everyone, 12x12 sounds like it might be the way to go, good tips from all. I think I've got my summer project picked out.

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    Default May 16 -19

    Warmer at night now, helping.
    Toms & Cucs doing pretty good, they want/need more sun
    tried "Pano" pics
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    your cukes are looking great. It got a little too cool the other nite for one of mine. It's looking pretty sad right now. this happened to me last year too. Went to Jacobson's and bought a replacement.

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