Next, we filled the trench with ¾ in stone. This ensures good drainage around the greenhouse, and a good foundation on which to build the base. For the base we chose solid cinder blocks, two layers. This helped lift it up, and also, again, ensures a good base.
From here, things got a little wonky. Matt put together the two end panels of the greenhouse in our garage. He bolted the bottom frame to the base, after a lot of confusion as to what pieces we were actually supposed to use. He then decided he could put the frame up by himself… at night. This… was not the best plan. While the end frame went up easily enough, the middle was a nightmare. With nothing to hold it up, it took the two of us, standing on a ladder, at 10 o’clock at night, as the wind kicked up, to get it up.
We had to backtie the frame to a tree because the wind had blown the frame out of whack and the cross braces we had put up had started to bend. We got the panels on a few at a time, helping give the greenhouse structure to hold it in place.
On Easter Sunday, Matt’s parents came out and Matt and his Dad were able to get the last section of panels in. It took taking the back piece off, pulling it away, and then carefully pushing the panels back into the channels on the frame.
Next was nearly 2 whole days of accessory install; vents, louvers, heat trigger vent openers, solar fans, shelves and doors! All important, yet tedious things to install.
Finally, Matt and I shoveled some stone gravel into the floor and packed it down. Matt had a massive boulder he needed to split that was in the tractor path. He was able to make some beautiful granite steps for both inside and outside the greenhouse.
I spent the whole next day moving in. Taking my starts and lining them up on shelves, setting up a folding plastic table as a temporary solution to a potting table, and our smaller cedar greenhouse for added storage. I then spent the next morning starting rows and rows of seeds! Flowers, celery, shallots, herbs, all things I had been itching to start but had no space to put.