Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My New Red House

Well, I didn't even realize, but last week marked the third anniversary of the Red House Garden blog!

I can't believe it was only three years ago that I started this blog, as so very much has happened since then. I was sure that I would be gardening there at my first Red House for many, many years, but life does always have a way of surprising you.  As most of you know, last spring we moved to the Boston area.  I was sad to move, and I missed North Carolina and my Red House.  However, a project has been in the works ever since we moved, and I think my three year Blogiversary is a great time to unveil it...


My new Red House!

Mr. Red House (in the effort to get me to move up to the cold North) promised me that if I moved, he would get a greenhouse.  I honestly thought it would be a couple more years before we would be able to get one, but Mr. Red House was determined.  (After this very long winter, he was probably very motivated to do anything to help his cabin-fevered wife regain her sanity.)  And of course, if we were going to have a greenhouse, we knew it just had to be red!

my red greenhouse
The project started as soon as all the snow had melted after winter.  As handy as Mr. Red House is, a greenhouse was a little too big for him, so after a lot of research he found a company in Maine that builds hobby greenhouses. We first had a couple guys come out and help build a base for the greenhouse.


Tubes were buried in each of the corners and filled with concrete in order to bolt the timbers in place and avoid the problem of frost heaving.


Sticking out in the middle are lines for power and water.  After the base was done, I stained it red, and then the greenhouse was ready to be built!


The greenhouse company built the pieces for the greenhouse in their factory up in Maine, and then they assembled them in our backyard.  The assembly was fast, taking only a little more than a day.


Of course, my new Red House needed a garden around it!  Needless to say, my garden budget is shot for the next few years, however, I've still managed to start a garden around it using plants grown from seeds and pass-a-long plants from other gardeners. (Gardeners are some of the nicest bunch, don't you think?)


I am beyond excited about my new greenhouse.  I think we all know where I am going to spend this coming winter... 

Do you think I can plug a coffee maker in here?
And since I can start my seeds in the greenhouse, I'm sure my parents and other visitors will be very glad they won't have to share our guest room with hordes of seedlings and grow lights anymore :)


Some of you have wondered why I didn't change the name of my blog, and this is why - I knew we would eventually have some sort of Red House again. 
(And I'm so very excited to have it before the next winter hits!)

Happy Gardening from the new Red House Garden!

16 comments:

  1. I love it! Congratulations on your new Red House! Being able to start from seed will go a long way towards stretching your garden budget for the next few years :)

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    1. Seed starting is definitely the way to go! Between wintersowing and starting early, I've grown quite a few plants. I'm excited to be able to grow a lot in the greenhouse and get all the seedlings out of my guest room :)

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  2. Hello, INDIE!
    Congratulations!
    I am delighted with your garden Red House.
    It is very beautiful and very much needed in every garden.
    Greetings from Polish far.
    Lucia
    Lucia

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    1. Thank you! I've always wanted a greenhouse or potting shed of some kind, and this one is more beautiful than I imagined one would be.

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  3. Oh Indie this is wonderful...I do so want a greenhouse but I would have to get rid of part of my meadow. Maybe one day but for now I can't part with it. I would also be in the greenhouse all winter...so I look forward to posts from the new red house!!

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    1. My last house also wouldn't really have had a good place for one. We lucked out with this one!

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  4. Wow, lucky you, Indie. I would love to have a greenhouse rather than using ones I have to drive too. Nice it is red. Adds a lot of punch to your garden.

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    1. I do love color in the garden! And it will be great to add some color even in winter. I plan to spend a lot of time in it!

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  5. It's so cute! And I see that you've added it to your backgound--what a great bit of whimsy! I love the setting and the plants around it, too! I had a pop-up greenhouse up this spring, but it wasn't heated and I doubt I'll set it up again next spring. It didn't really add much time to my growing season. But a heated greenhouse or shed would be wonderful! Enjoy!

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    1. I've been meaning to change the background for awhile, since we don't have our old red house anymore. That is too bad the pop-up greenhouse didn't really work. I'm so glad to have power in this one, so we'll definitely be adding a space heater for the winter.

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  6. How wonderful! I am so excited for you--I would love to have a greenhouse! I love the red color, and the little garden you've started looks great around it. With all the seeds and cuttings you can start here, you won't need much of a garden budget from now on. I can see you spending lots of time here over the winter, and your guests will probably be happy, too--I can relate to the spare bedroom filled with plants:)

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    1. I've already started seed saving for next year! I'm very excited!

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  7. Happy third blogaversary to the Still Red House!
    Today we counted pots, of bulbs and volunteers and cuttings for the next garden. 300, and still some on my list to pot up! Have garden, will travel, as soon as possible ...

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  8. Congratulations! Your new red house is beautiful.

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  9. Indie - I am so happy for you to have a new red house. Even though it trashed your garden budget, you will now be able to grow so many flowers via seeds which are less expensive. Then too, there's a thrill in growing from seed through flower.

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  10. Hang on!! How did I miss this post?
    A green (red) house, red greenhouse, whateva!!!
    Fabulous....we can share green / red house love now xx

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