Hello everyone. I'm happy to finally be able to build something for my chids! I stole a small bit of real estate from my Mom's backyard to do it... since I live in an apartment. But it's okay, as long as I build her an herb garden. I finally got a job after six months of searching, but I'm getting paid less than half of what I use to... so I'm on a budget. I wanted this shade house to have all aspects to grow healthy orchids but not break the bank. Here's what I did:
I picked a nice sunny location away from the rubber tree, I'm currently growing the orchids under it but there's too much shade. I wanted to take advantage of the natural air flow in the yard so the shade cloth will only go half way down the side, plus air passes through the shade cloth as well... and I don't have to run electrical for a fan.
The roof is gonna be cool, I think. I saw a guy on YouTube make an entire green house like this, I only used it for the roof. It's hard to explain but a simple idea. It's the forth picture, I made it a little wider than the shade house so I can bend the PVC to make a arch. I'll post the pics next week when I put it on. Then I will put greenhouse film on top to protect them from rain. I know, rain is the best watter, but here it rains so much and at night and I was a bit worried about disease and fungus.
I still have a lot to do so I will add pics as I progress.
Thanks for looking!
First I picked a nice sunny spot.
I cleared the ground (the hardest part of all!!) and built the frame. I used a quick dry concrete that you pour in the hole as a powder and then add water.. no mixing!!
I stained it to protect it from the elements, even though the wood is pressure treated.
The grid of PVC that will be the roof. I primed it and painted it gloss white to help prevent crystallization from sun exposure.