08 March 2010

The mobile greenhouse

This weekend was so pretty here! We had temperatures in the 60's on both days, and today we are to hit around 70! There will be trees and plants budding out everywhere real soon. One (and there are more!) of my big projects on the to do list was to move the greenhouse down the hill. So Saturday was spent cleaning it out; mostly my project as hubby had to work on our daughter's house. I won't even show you the pile I pulled out as I am still wondering why did I have all of this in there? Hubby built this greenhouse for me while we were dating so it is many moons old. First it had plastic, now it has plexi plastic, and down the hill are windows he has been salvaging that will be added to the greenhouse soon. This is a photo before we started moving it. We had to set the front on blocks and take wooden stakes to wench or level it way to the left. There is a fence in front so we would not be able to position the tractor there. That took a while.

Once it was in position we had son-in-law come out for some "heavy" lifting.

They were getting situated with the blocks. Hubby pushed the trailer underneath while we lifted the greenhouse up and slid it on to the trailer.

I can't believe it is actually on there!!!

Hubby getting started

Coming around the fence corner, trees up ahead, oh boy!

Hit a few lower ones, but it made it through

Heading down the driveway, power lines overhead

This was a scary part for me as he had just made it on the slope of the hill. I kept waiting for it to slide off!! Not only that further down the hill the lines were closer. I had to stand watch with a pole to lift the phone and cable in case it was too close. The power lines are a lot higher. Can you imagine me letting it snag the phone or cable? No way!!!!!

Backing it up into place. You can see one panel or actually several window panels put together so it can be place on the greenhouse later. Hubby is always thinking of something!

It's final resting spot. We will pick up some concrete siding for the greenhouse to sit on so the framework will not rot out. Up the hill it was sitting on bricks.

My two water barrels waiting to be attached by hose to the greenhouse. I bought about 4 of these during the drought so we could catch the rainwater. We actually have a gutter on the greenhouse too so it can drain into a barrel placed in the greenhouse.

So that was my weekend! Very busy, but satisfying work. I can't wait to start filling it with all the trays and seeds! Hope your weekend went well too!!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Ulrike... oooh, lucky you! I want a greenhouse sooo bad, and you have what looks like just the perfect setting for yours! Please show more photos as the season goes on and what you plant in there! xoxo Julie Marie

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

That was fun watching the moving of the greenhouse!
Geez, I remember when everyone used to have rainbarrels or cisterns. I think it is a good idea. Have tried to convice DH, but he was raised in the city, sooooo......I'm doing good to have the deflectors that send the water out into the yard.
I do worry about the quality of groundwater anymore....so many chemicals....
Will look forward to the greenhouse contents!


Anonymous said...

Wow....Just goes to show with a little bit of "elbow grease" anything can be done!!
Enjoy the Day!

Dianna said...

What fun it was to watch your greenhouse "on the move". Aren't tractors just the most wonderful invention?

I love the little picnic table close by.

I know you are going to thoroughly enjoy working in the greenhouse. I'm looking forward to pictures of all the different things you plant.

Thanks for stopping by earlier this morning. You are always such an encouragement, Ulrike.

Expat Traveler said...

Now that sounds like such a fun project! I'm happy the green house made it safely to the new home. Now you get to plant and have lots of spring and summer fun!

I can't wait to see all of the progress. :)

Yup - Spring is further ahead here in Victoria.

Anke said...

We had wonderful temps here in AL, too. Mid to upper 60's this weekend and 72 today! Why did you decide to move the greenhouse? It sure looked like a lot of work... Would love to have a greenhouse myself, maybe one day... Just add that to my list of wants and needs. :-)

Southern Lady said...

Love the greenhouse. I have always wanted one! Carla

Debra@Common Ground said...

Wonderful to see your greenhouse on the move. I've wanted one for so long, so many projects you can do. Have fun with getting it all together. Can't wait to see it when it's complete!

Anonymous said...

Talk about exciting!!!

It is one of my dreams to build a greenhouse here, but Hubby has plans for a workshop first. I'll enjoy reading/seeing all you share about your little greenhouse!


Dianna said...

Hello Ulrike!
SO glad you stopped by today and was able to catch the post on my German Lebkuchen tins!

Of all the goodies that I make at Christmas, Lebkuchen is my husband's favorite...and of course mine! :)

I loved hearing about your walking down the street with your Opa and smelling the aroma of the spices! I have a German friend here who insists her grandchildren call her Oma rather than "Grandma" or "Nana", even though her children and grandchildren have always lived in the US. Marianne says, "With Oma I don't sound so old!" She's a dear!

May I ask how long you've been in the US? I've certainly enjoyed getting to "meet" you thanks to the world of Blog!

Silke said...

Oh, how fun! I love anything that gets things growing in the spring and it was great going on the greenhouse journey along with you... I've loved having warmer weather these past few days. The sunshine feels so good!! Hope you are doing well!! Hugs, Silke

Dianna said...

Thank you, Ulrike, for coming by this morning and sharing your background with me. I think of how you had such limited contact with your grandparents, but that the one thing you associated with your Opa was remembering the smells of Lebkuchen when he would buy them in heart shapes. Aren't memories wonderful?

Thanks again for coming by and for always being an encouragement.

comfrey cottages said...

i so green eyed fairy of your greenhouse and all that lovely land ulrike! but super happy for you:) nice rain barrels too! do you know what you are starting in the greenhouse this year? big hugs

Barbara said...

Looks like you have some land there. Glad you got your greenhouse moved. To move ours which is made up of lots of seperate glass sheets, it would have to be completely dismantled.

Looks like a fun gift yu got from Germany.

Herbgirl said...

Whew.....what a job! I'm sure it's a wonderful feeling knowing that the job you had on your 'to do' list is on the way to completion! How fun to have greenhouse to putter around in.
Herbal Blessings, Mandy

The Frugal Designer said...

Thanks for following my blog, thought I would stop by yours and I love it! I have always wanted a mobile greenhouse! sigh!

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