The altogether autumn-like weather we’ve been experiencing in New England this week has made me start thinking about when I won’t be able to go out to the garden every day and pick fresh vegetables for dinner. Luckily, my boyfriend Bradley gave me a solution for my birthday – a design for a planter we can build that will hopefully act as a greenhouse for the first month or two of colder weather (before it gets really intolerable!)
The planter is designed to fit out on our back deck – tucked in next to the grill that Bradley says he intends to keep using all through the winter – and will be approximately 1.5 feet wide by 4 or 5 feet long. We’ll install some wiring over top and fit plastic to it to create a greenhouse of sorts. If this works, we may build several more planters of varying sizes and perhaps fill our backyard with them, or at least the areas of the yard that get sun in winter.
So now we get into the harder questions: what methods should we use to make sure the planter is airtight enough to not let in too much cold and potentially kill the plants dwelling within? Do we want to allow some ventilation? Should we be lining the planter with material to help insulate it? What wood should we use to build it?
Bradley built the planter in CAD, so we can actually take it apart completely on the computer and create our materials list and cutting schedule pretty easily. But materials and methods are not completely clear in this case, as opposed to what we might get with a pattern created by an experienced woodworker. I’m excited for the challenge though, and hopeful that anyone reading this might have suggestions for the questions I mentioned earlier. I’d love to hear them in the comments.
The plan is to go out and do some materials shopping this weekend. We’ll see what we come up with!