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!