Greenhouse, Phase I

Future greenhouse.

Future greenhouse.

Well, we decided to build a greenhouse. Priced out kits and DIY components and found that it was out of our reach. Went on Freecycle, looking for used windows. Hit the jackpot with a gentleman who had planned to make a greenhouse from windows discarded by someone who’s just done a window upgrade. He ended up buying a kit. He wasn’t happy with the kit–the roof leaked–but he’d just thrown another sheet of plastic over it and abandoned the glass house idea.

So right now I have ten 35 x 28 double glazed sash windows in the trunk of my car, and five 18 x 28s and one 18 x 35 in the garage. Ralph has another half dozen or so from a different window replacement job sitting in the back yard. My benefactor has more of the 35 x 28s, which I will go back to pick up, once I have trunk space again.

We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses.

If you’ve never heard of Freecycle, they really are the greatest thing since sliced bread, maybe even since the invention of chocolate. Whether you are into DYI from recycled goods or looking to clean out your garage or basement, go to their website, and join. There are local chapters in every state. You sign on with an offer or a need. You look at other people’s postings, and those with the excess stuff connect with those who need same stuff, or vice versa, and you work out an agreement as to pick-up.

It’s simple, it works, and it keeps things out of the landfill. It’s not to be confused with Craigslist, where you can sell things or offer services. It’s about giving stuff you don’t want to people who want and can use it.

In addition, you get to meet great people. LIke Tony, the guy who decided not to build a greenhouse out of windows, after all. Thanks, Tony!

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