Monday, June 28, 2021

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Building a greenhouse porch!

We added a porch to the greenhouse over the weekend!

Since the greenhouse is a little higher out of the ground, we knew we were going to have to at least add a step to get in.  I suggested a porch that went along the entire front of the greenhouse.  After going through our inventory, we luckily had enough lumber left over to build a full porch.

It's just a small porch but I was surprised how quickly it all came together. 










Friday, June 18, 2021

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Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨


I'm so excited. I just couldn't wait to share this with you - we're building a greenhouse! 🌱🏠

Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Embarking on a Greenhouse Dream Despite Soaring Lumber Prices

The journey to our little greenhouse has been filled with anticipation and a bit of a budget puzzle. With lumber prices hitting the roof, our greenhouse plans seemed a tad shaky. But guess what? We found a budget-friendly solution by sourcing rough-cut lumber from a local sawmill. Talk about a win!


The First Steps: Leveling and Laying the Foundation 

Our greenhouse adventure began with some groundwork. We're talking about leveling the area with stones and dreaming of turning it into a charming flower garden (because, let's be honest, mowing is not my cup of tea). We've covered the area around the greenhouse, but there's still some stone shopping.

Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Framework: Building Tall Walls and a Sturdy Base 

Next up was constructing the platform, the stage for our greenhouse. And let me tell you, the walls? They're sky-high! I had this vision of incorporating old doors, meaning we needed towering walls to match.


Framing, Siding, and a Dash of Creativity 

With the walls up, it was time for framing and siding. We stuck with rough-cut lumber for that rustic charm. Initially, I planned to use old windows for the sides, but practicality won, and we opted for plastic pieces instead - easier installation and just as lovely.

Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Front View: Windows with a Twist and a Gorgeous Door

Our front view is nothing short of adorable. Initially plain, we decided to add windows, repurposing some we already had. And the best part? They come with hinges for that open-close magic! The door is another story - a stunning find from a local craftsman that adds so much character.


The Greenhouse Journey Continues 

We still have a way to go, but each step brings more excitement. I'm buzzing with ideas and can't wait to share our progress with you. Do you have questions about the greenhouse build? Drop a comment, and I'll cover them in an upcoming post!


Stay tuned, Besties, as we turn this dream into a lush, green reality. Here's to growth, both in our garden and in our hearts! πŸŒΏπŸ’–

Greenhouse Dreams: Turning Our Gardening Fantasy into Reality! | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Happy Greenhousing and Creating! πŸŒΌπŸ”¨

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

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Seed starting little sunflowers!

Our foster kiddo randomly brought home a sunflower seed packet a few weeks ago.

The funny thing about the seeds were that they were very vague.  The only information I could find on the packet is that they are sunflowers!  There's no variety listed at all!  I have no idea if they're going to be small or large sunflowers or even what color they will be!

Because we're still not sure where we'll be planting them, I decided to seed start them first.  This was my first time seed starting sunflowers & it went great!  Out of the 8 seeds I planted, 6 of them became seedlings!

I always find it weird that given the same conditions, seeds take off differently.  While we have some larger seedlings, there are still a couple small ones in there.





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