Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mainstream Greenhouse?

While we're spending the lottery money...I sure would like a greenhouse.

I've recently learned that gardening can be a year-round prospect, that some vegetables actually prefer or need to be planted in winter. We've got some lettuce sprouting here at Casa de Crazy, as well as carrots, peas, and (hopefully) spinach. Without much sunny window space, we're limited as to what we can do in here, which leads me to a long-held dream: Greenhouse.

Now, I wouldn't turn my nose up at a simple little stand-alone like this:
Or its somewhat bigger brother:

Or, if we're dreaming big, something like this:

I know, I know...dream on.

This is Casa de Crazy in July:

Don't let the shade fool you - the front of this house gets fried all day long. I shot these pics late in the evening!

To one side is a nice little spot for a green house:

Right where the trailer and red car are sitting, I figure I could have a respectable little structure, either attached to the house or free-standing...and it would already have the level concrete foundation! Bonus!

However...while crawling around in the Blue Nowhere drooling over greenhouses, I had a thought...why not on the front of the house?

Attached to the lower storey, where those two windows are? Something like this:
Yes, I'd have to level some ground, and yes it would take away some outdoor growing space...but imagine how awesome it would be!

For now, it's windows and doors and any little bit of sunlight we can find...but I don't mind dreaming in green.

How 'bout you? Keen on a greenhouse? What sort would you like to have?

Oh, and if you're interested in perusing a nifty little site, go visit these folks...I like 'em. They have a section on doin' it cheap. My kinda folks.


Kit said...

I'd love one, thank you! In fact, my big fancy dream house has one, attached to the house. The kitchen would have french doors opening out onto a patio inside the 2-story greenhouse (an upstairs bedroom could have a window opening into the greehouse). There would be an herb garden there, and lemon trees, and something that blooms fragrant. . . and the stone path in the greenhouse would lead outside to the back woods, where there'd be a stone-lined pool and stream with fish and. . . oh, where was I? Right. . . yes, a greenhouse would be way cool. Even if all it had was a potting bench and some seed-starting trays. :)

Last Place Finisher said...

A greenhouse would be lovely. I can't have one because then I'd have a greenhouse full of dead, brown plants.

Re spending the lottery money, I pass on the words that a famous architect once told me, "Don't do anything to your house that you order through Reader's Digest."