Year-Round Greenhouse

Hard to believe there was a time in my life  I didn’t like gardening.  I was 10 years old and my parents decided they were going to make this HUGE veggie garden because we were the city folks who moved to the country.   As my teen years arrived I was fortunate enough to have been within walking distance of a Mom& Pop greenhouse where I was able to work part-time prepare trays for the business. Today I grow things because it  makes our surroundings beautiful and to provide food to keep healthy living habits year-round.

Bren The Greenhouse Grower:

It is hard for me to put in words  the  excitement my family and I experienced  bringing home the greenhouse we had found on ebay from an amazing couple who had only owned the structure for a few short years.

After helping out at a local greenhouse for a few years as an adult I was completely intrigued by the way greenhouses in the north work.   Not only did I think it would be super cool ‘complete’ the look of my home garden by adding a greenhouse structure but just to experience the science of ‘beating nature’ and growing out of the seasons we were allowed in my gardening zone 5b.

In early November of 2009 my greenhouse project had officially begun.  That summer was spent  building a shed that would provide a barrier on the coldest days that hit our region. I wanted a building that could easily be walked through while providing shelter for the rabbits we raise.  Opening the door to the greenhouse to a well insulated structure would make a significant  difference with temperature control  in this 10′ x 12′ greenhouse.

The greenhouse kit we own is a  Gardener Company kit that my husband had found on in a classified ad on the web.  It was gently used and the owners of this structure lived only a day trip drive from our garden.   It is amazing what you can find on the web!  I would suggest looking on sites like ebay, Craig’s List and local classified ads before making your purchase of a greenhouse.  You maybe able to save yourself a few extra dollars that can be used toward more plants for your garden.


The big project in the summer 2009  was construction of the Bunny Barn with attached Greenhouse. We started by having our rabbit owner in the family draw up plans for a place to hang the many ribbons she has won over the years.  A special place just to raise and train Netherland Dwarfs.  Someday this 12′ x 16′ shed will be a full time potting shed but till then it is home for some 20 plus show bunnies.   The barn construction took the longest out of the two structures to complete.   We were able to use a few left over supplies from a larger barn construction project we had added to our property a few years back.  The main door of this smaller barn was recycled from our home after a remodeling project as well.   This new

structure is well insulated that provides a some what stable temperature year-round.    There is no heat source in this structure but we did add a humidifier because rabbits are very sensitive to humidity.   The 12’x16′ barn , or rabbitry took about 3 months to complete.

Once the bunnies were all moved in the construction on the Greenhouse attachment began. I think the bunnies were so excited to get out of the garage and into their new home that they sound from the tamper to flatten the  ground before the foundation was built to the green house didn’t bother them.  The photos to the right show the rock, block and tiling work that make up the floor for the greenhouse kit to be attached to.  Their is plumbing under the structure that can be connected at a later time. For the time being I am taking advantage of the exercise I get caring water containers to the greenhouse as needed.   I think once we down size the rabbitry I will add a sink to the barn and at that time the water will be connected.

The kit went together with ease.  Photos below show the simple double panel frame this kit consists of. A few extras were added to enforce the structures base.  The ‘difficult’ part of the job was attaching the greenhouse to the shed structure.  We ended up using a thick  rubber material to make a type of gasket fit between the two doorways.  the greenhouse door is used as the actual door leading into the greenhouse from the barn.  Having to walk through the heated barn structure into the greenhouse will help keep the conditions in the greenhouse level.

I don’t think the last panel to the house had been bolted up for more then an hour that I had the new seeds planted and some fresh Fall finds ready to be planted in containers for fall as pictured in the image below.

Around The Greenhouse

My landscaping plans around the greenhouse structure includes raised beds for square foot gardening.  Adding raised bed structures in landscaping around the greenhouse would also help with keeping the panels of the house from being damaged while mowing. We were running short on time and had other projects to begin so the rest of the beds will have to go in this spring.  For now I have two 4’x4′ raised beds that run along the walkway into the structures.  After the bolts were sledge hammered through the landscaping timbers we filled them with moss, top soil and compost.  These are going to be wonderful beds for the spring garden.  It will be nice to have these gardens so close to the house so I can cover them easier when the frost arrives in the spring.  I will be adding more to the landscape around my greenhouse and documenting it as I go on the Greenhouse Landscape Project Located on this site.

The First Bloom Day ( November 21,2009)

The image below was my first bloom day in the greenhouse.   I get excited just looking at it and can remember it all quit well.    Through the past years I’ve been sharing many veggie & blooms from my year-round growing experience.   In January 2011 I launched a site dedicated to growing year-round with my good friend Glenda of Tootsie Time .  Glenda was one of my biggest inspirations to get growing in my zone after following her shares from her greenhouse up in zone 3.   I would like to invite you to stop by our site and see what exciting things we have growing year-round at Growing4 .

Follow this link to my shares daily from the greenhouse  : Brens’ Greenhouse.**

Have a question  about growing year-round in your own greenhouse.  Do you use a greenhouse and would like to connect?  I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment on this page.

40 thoughts on “Year-Round Greenhouse

  1. Your website is beautiful. Like how you’ve done your greenhouse and don’t know how you did it all with building the website too. Everything is lovely and you must be exhausted.

  2. It’s fun going through and looking at all the sections. I like how you’ve outlined the greenhouse ‘stuff’…and those raised beds look really nice!

  3. What a beautiful site you have!

    Your gorgeous new greenhouse is lovely and eventually your bunny laden barn will be all yours. In the meantime you have lots of little fertilizer producers :)

  4. Angela Napolitano says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m in zone 7, and my husband and I have been looking at greenhouses. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. Landscaping is very important in both the business offices and at home. it makes your yard impressive.:`-

  6. Barrett Raymore says:

    I visit your site often and dream of my own greenhouse. Thank you for sharing this so when I do get one of my own I know where to ask all the questions. It is very well structured. Content is wonderful. Thanks!

  7. Glad to see you enjoying your greenhouse. I am growing tomatoes, peppers and some herbs in greenhouse this summer. Blight has affected local tomatoes so mine are better being in GH. Lately its been up to 40-45C in GH, almost so hot you want to water from the door without going in.

    • Great to make the Greenhouse Connection with you Kristin! WOW.. that is hot! I never thought of watering from the door. LOL
      Adding you to my Greenhousers List!

  8. Molly Dabbing says:

    Been reading this blog for a SHORT time now,always a good read.I alwaqys enjoy your writings.Please keep them coming.

  9. it is a bit expensive to have a landscaping these days but it is always necessary to beautify your home;:-

  10. Bessie Brockman says:

    Come again for second time :) Bookmarked!

  11. It’s my dream to someday have a greenhouse. Yours seems to be just the right size…love it!

  12. Ahh. You are so clever! Attach the rabbit barn directly to your Greenhouse. The rabbits heat the Greenhouse! Just like the ancient folks used to attach the barn to the house – and still do in some European countries.

  13. You own a very interesting blog covering lots of topics I am interested as well.I just added your site to my favorites for being able in the future… Please continue your excellent artice writing

  14. Matthew Kriner says:

    With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. :) I feel like I’m in the garden already Bren!~

  15. Adella Danczak says:

    Definitely, what a great site and instructive posts, I will bookmark your site with hopes of getting a greenhouse of my own someday. I keep checking ebay as well!

  16. This looks fantastic Bren!!! Love the changes!

  17. Beautiful web page Bren, it really shows off your artist talents from behind the camera lens to the wonderful thing your grow in you greenhouse and garden that you share with us in your kitchen. You are truly full circle gardener! Annie

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information about your greenhouse and bunnies! Both of those have been on my wish list for OH so long! I never thought to look on the web for a “gently used” greenhouse, but that’s exactly what I’ll do. Your entire site is just fabulous – I could camp out here all day long!

  20. Useful post and i think it is rather easy to see from the other comments as well that this post is well written and useful.

  21. Stephen West says:

    Do you know what the plastic film on the northern Lights Greenhouse is and where i can obtain it from

    • to my understanding they do not sell the product any longer – Gardener Supply Company is who you would need to contact about this product.

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  23. Just started growing in our green house, hopefully it will be a year round deal.
    Was wondering if you use fish fertilizer for your year round gardening in your green house or do you have a different type that you would suggest? Thank you.

    • I totally need to update my page. We have a huge fish tank in the greenhouse and the water we use to feed the plants is from the tank. I hope this helps! Bren

  24. Appreciate it for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info . “He not busy being born is busy dying.” by Bob Dylan.

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  27. I’ve always wanted a greenhouse. Now that we have 4.5 acres I can finally make that dream come true. I am just outside Winnipeg as was wondering what temp you would need to keep it at during the winter and how you do that in Alberta?

    • Go for it Christine – Growing year-round is the best!!! I would love to give you tips and ideas on how to make this happen so keep in touch.

  28. Hello and nice to meet you .Thank you for liking a post.. Growing things can be fun. like it sometimes.:)I like herbs and some other plants:)

    • Great to connect firecook … I look forward to following you on Woredpress .com Reader!

      • Hi thank you following you will be cool too:)I was wondering do you know about Basil oils? I had made some today and someone that the leaves will get black and it’s ok ..I am new to this and since you garden would you know if it’s ok to keep basil turn black in oil in the jar? What do you think?:)

        • I use a plenty of salt on the leaves and soak in olive oil. The infused oil is usually good for a few months. Mine hardly ever last that long because we love cooking with it! I have never had the leaves turn black in the oil.

          • Hello . didn’t use salt I didn’t know.. Good to know that it will last longer but like you said cooking with oil .This is my first but I do have garlic in oil and I use that a lot. Basil in oil was new to me. No black leaves? That’s good to know. Thank you for your help;)