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Extension and beautification

Postby Ralf » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:10 am

I have done some beautification and extension works around the greenhouse. Anyhow the main thought behind was to get more space. The result thereof is now a bigger and better cold frame. It will mainly used for cold hardy cacti in pots and their propagation. Some other plants are only in the cold frame for the summer.

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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby daiv » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:06 pm

Nice work! A very clean arrangement. In picture 339_greenhouse.JPG - is this looking to the East? South to the right?
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby tudedude » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:24 pm

nice and clean. I really like this setup.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Tiggy » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:37 pm

Some transformation. Nice job! Nice garden too.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Ralf » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:55 am

Thanks for your nice comments folks!
Daiv, it's absolutely correct. The flowerbed and cold frame is facing south. Other directions won't make any sense.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby daiv » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:38 pm

Ralf, this is what I thought. I wondered if the buildings near the greenhouse caused any shade problems for you?
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Ralf » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:14 pm

Yes indeed, Daiv. It's only during the winter rest from end of October until begin of March. The most of the greenhouse is then shaded. :(
However it can't be everything perfect.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby CoronaCactus » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:07 pm

Beautiful beatification, Ralf!
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby daiv » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:10 pm

Ralf, I understand. It is hard for us at these northern latitudes to avoid shadows unless we are on top of a hill. Then you have to fight the winds!
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Ralf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:24 pm

Thanks Darryl! Always on the way to perfection. :wink:
Daiv, if the cacti are bloom and grow there is no reason to change anything.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby apfire » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:49 pm

Your back yard looks very comfortable. I like it.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby tumamoc » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:55 pm

I dig that small greenhouse. That size would be perfect for the limited space in my yard...er...patio.
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Sharpy » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:22 pm

Very nice work Ralf! Could you let me know the make/model of your little cold frame? It looks more sturdy then what I have found so far. Does it seem to be pretty durable?
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Re: Extension and beautification

Postby Ralf » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:13 pm

Thanks for your kind responses, folks.
tumamoc, we should have a look for a smart solution of your space problem, if I'm for the next time in Tucson. :wink:
Otherwise you should join the TCSS! There are a lot guys who would help you too. :)
Sharpy, the cold frame is made by Beckmann. It's a German manufacturer. I'm not sure whether you can buy it in the USA.
This model is expandable to endless. Here you'll find their online-shop. (Sorry it's only in German)
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