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Project of the week: Growing season thrives inside greenhouse

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan Published: August 6, 2012

If you're a gardener, you know a how a greenhouse extends the growing season by weeks or even months. And with proper climate-control equipment, even young, delicate or out-of-season plants and seedlings will thrive year-round — even in cold weather. This practical and attractive greenhouse project makes it easy for do-it-yourselfers who garden (or vice versa) to create a little hothouse magic all year long.

Built from standard cuts of redwood (other species like cedar and cypress also work well), the project measures about 8 feet long by 5 feet wide by almost 7 feet tall (so there's plenty of headroom). The structure is covered with plastic sheeting stapled to the frame, and the inside is lined with potting benches.

The trickiest part of the project is cutting the notched and curved sections that join the rafters to the wall studs, but a full-size pattern makes it easy and the rest of the cuts are straight. Although fairly challenging, assembly is straightforward and designed for nonexperts.

The Greenhouse plan, No. 557, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of plans for green-thumbers, No. C163, is $22.95 and includes this project plus plans for a potting bench and a garden shed. A free catalog picturing dozens of do-it-yourself projects is also available. Please include $4 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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