Thursday, July 7, 2011

In Today's Episode of "Adventures in Trash Diving"

Surveying the neighbor's trash is becoming a sport for me.

I'm training for my first half marathon. Which means two things: I'm crazy and I'm out the door early in the morning running as fast as I can to pass the smelly garbage trucks.

Wednesdays are trash day in our neighborhood. I actually felt good on my run this morning, but as I was plodding along, I stopped dead in my tracks in front of a neighbor's trash heap.

I have been wanting one of these hobby greenhouses. I have dreams, aspirations and delusions that I'm going to grow annual flowers and some vegetables from seed. I have yet to discuss my madness with my husband and they can get pretty expensive to buy new, so I haven't pursued getting one yet.

This is definitely not a deluxe greenhouse. It is most likely a beginner model. I inspected it while curbside and noticed that the zipper was broken, but I ran home, grabbed the van keys and raced back to pick it up before the trash guy took it away. It is also missing the bottom shelf, but I can come up with an alternative.

I'm now googling greenhouses to find out if I can replace the plastic and how much that will set me back. Hopefully it will work out, otherwise I will put it back out on the curb and maybe it will make another poor runner's dreams come true.

Do you have a hobby greenhouse? Can you give us some advice on how you use it?

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  1. That's great! I hope it works, you will have to let us know how it turns out.

  2. I have the same identical greenhouse! If you live in an area that is windy or has bad thunderstorms, I suggest placing it in an area that will guard it from being knocked over. Also the cover tears easily and only lasted me 2 years because it dry rotted. I still use the frame and you can buy replacement covers. I now start my seeds inside and harden them off on the frame and either bring them in at night or cover it with a sheet. HTH!


  3. Free is a great price, score! I think Anonymous has a good idea, this would be great for hardening off before planting in the ground. I had thought of buying one of these for years now, but never got around to it.

  4. That is a really great find! Congrats.

    I admire your plan to grow plants from seed. I have a hard enough time keeping them alive when I get them fully grown.


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