I finished building the greenhouse. It was more expensive than anticipated, but I think it will work well for us. It’s a relatively small greenhouse (30’x10′), but we chose a narrower design so that we can reach everything from one central aisle. It seemed like a better use of space. We have plans on adding additional greenhouses as we grow more food.
Anyway, the structure is up. It keeps water out and warmth in (for the most part). We opted for a single layer poly top which does not provide the insulation that a double layer would provide (but it costs less). We always have the option of adding another layer, but for now we’re sticking with what we have.
One disadvantage of a single layer is condensation. I have not spent any time working in there yet, but I know that the inner wall is covered with moisture and it will always be covered with moisture. That means that even when the Washington weather is nice outside (not often), it will be raining inside my greenhouse and I will be wet.
Here’s the picture. It’s nothing spectacular, but I think that it will serve it’s purpose. You may also notice some standing water on the top. That’s bad. I’ll be taking care of that as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer (the plastic stretches more easily in warm weather).
In other news, we have ordered seeds and we’re ready to go. The biggest thing now is marketing. My wife is amazing at getting our name out there and preparing for the coming growing season. The problem is that I’m nervous.
Last time I owned a business, I sold personal training. It is a skill that I have and I was able to exchange my services for money. I had confidence in my services and I had complete control over my schedule that set and it all worked out easily.
Now my wife is promoting this food that we’re going to grow. We have to promote it now. We have to sign up for farmer’s markets now and we have to start promising people that we’ll grow them food. I know that is what we’re supposed to be doing. But what if nothing grows? I’m making promises for plants that I haven’t yet received the seeds for. It leaves me just a little bit nervous all the time. I kind of like it, but there is always that ‘what if?’