Category Archives: Greenhouse

Second Step: Patio Pavers

We’ve taken the next step in Operation Greenhouse Transport.

We’ve labeled the poles and posts, now it is time to get started pulling up the pavers and transferring them to our house.

Even though I am SO excited that we are getting a greenhouse…I was dreading this part. Pavers cover the ENTIRE floor of the inground pool the greenhouse was built on.

The. Entire. Floor.

We trudged over to the neighbor’s to get started. The boys in tow.

“Should I bring my tools?” asked Joe.

“I don’t think we’ll need them for this step buddy.”

Once inside, I stifled sigh.

This was going to be a big job. It was going to take a long time.

Once we got started though, it went pretty quickly. We got into a rhythm.

The boys and I pulled up the pavers and scraped the dirt and sand off with putty knives so they would stack easily. Ray did the heavy lifting and hauled them over to stack them on the ledge of the pool.

Our neighbor opened up one of the sides, and Ray handed the pavers out to him to put on a couple of pallets we brought over.

By the time we left, we had removed about half the pavers. Half!

I headed home to start dinner and Ray stayed a little longer to chat with the neighbor and pull up a few more pavers.

The boys and I were tired and dirty, but we felt a sense of satisfaction with our work.

“Well, I guess I didn’t need my tools,” said Joe.

The greenhouse is close
And we will transport it soon
Excited for fall

The Greenhouse: Labeling

We are finally getting started on transplanting the greenhouse from our neighbor’s pool to our backyard.

We knew it was going to be a big project. I’m not starting as many seeds this year, nor am I planning to order any new trees and shrubs to put in. This project, I’m certain, will take up more than enough of our time this Spring and Summer.

Earlier this week, we trekked over to the neighbor’s to take stock and form a plan.

You know how sometimes a situation can seem like more work in your own head?Yeah, this is not one of those times.

This is going to be an undertaking.

We will have to remove the greenhouse in pieces. Short of inventing a shrink gun, there’s just no way we can transport the whole thing in one piece.

We will be bribing family and friends to come over and help us move all this…stuff. The fridge will be stocked with cold beverages, the steaks will just keep rolling off the grill and cookies will be available at all times.

I will not, I admit, be doing most of the ‘heavy lifting’, but I will be project managing this beast.

The first step is to label the pieces so that when we take them out, we will be able to (ahem) easily put the whole thing back together again.

Then…we will need to slowly move all of the patio pavers from the bottom of the pool to our back yard.

Then…we will need to get a vacuum excavator to pull out all the soil under the patio pavers.

Then…we will need to carefully take the whole thing apart and move it to our backyard.

Finally, we will start the reconstruction process using my sketch and labels as a guide.

Easy, right?

This Year’s Project

Our neighbors…the ones who built the gorgeous greenhouse…moved to Florida last fall.

We were sad to see them go. They had been wonderful neighbors. We helped each other out with the odd project. We went out to dinner a few times. We used their greenhouse to start seeds.

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“Maybe you could advertise that the house comes with a free gardener,” I told them over dinner…only half joking.

Once on the market, the house sold quickly.

“If they don’t want the greenhouse, tell them we’ll take it off their hands,”  I said when they told us. I was completely serious, but I didn’t think that it would actually happen.

Then, one day 6 months after they’d moved in, the new neighbors called us.

They wanted to take the greenhouse out and turn it back into a pool. Were we still interested in it?

“How much do you want for it?” Ray asked.

“If you take it out, you can have it.”

We were filled with joy and, at the same time, dread. This was going to be a big project.

Scratch that. Planting 80 trees  was a big project. This was going to be a huge project. 

The greenhouse, the fan, the pavers, the dirt, the tables….all of it will be ours. All we have to do is figure out how to get it out of there.

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Gulp.

We are going to wait until the weather is a bit warmer before we start. In the meantime, we are making plans.

Where are we going to put it?

What are we going to do to heat it in the cold months?

What are we going to do for the floor? Pavers? Concrete? Or will we leave it open so we can plant directly into the ground?

And, perhaps the most important question?

Can we get it out, rebuilt and ready for planting by the fall?

I sure hope so.

Stay tuned! This is the first in a series of posts about this project.