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Dec212015

Citing Greenhouse's Superior Strength, Big Bad Wolf Declines to Huff and Puff 

Like a fairy tale chalet, the Kahn family’s greenhouse sits along a winding pathway, at the edge of a wooded forest. A thick canopy of white oak and tulip poplar branches sway overhead, and you wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Little Red Riding Hood smile politely as she passed by on her way to grandmother’s house

The Kahn’s are experienced organic gardeners. Theyy're well versed in the nuances of soil fertility and the timing required to feed a continuous supply of fresh produce from the garden to their kitchen.  Since the beginning, they have planted their gardens with organically grown heirloom seedlings, which give them a huge head start over direct seeding, but are in high demand, and not always easy to find.  

With a greenhouse, they could raise their own heirloom seedlings, instead of chasing down the limited supply of locally grown seedlings before they got snapped up by other gardeners.  

Kahn Family's Cedar Greenhouse from Microfarm Organic Gardens on Vimeo.

The Kahn’s liked the elegant simplicity of the Microfarm cedar gable greenhouse design, and we selected a sunny site just behind their organic garden.  The greenhouse measures 8’x8’ and is about 9’ tall at its peak. It’ framed with rough sawed red cedar 2x4 lumber spaced 24” on center. This stout frame, combined with the 8mil Polygal twin-wall polycarbonate glazing, far exceeds the snow, wind, and ice load capacity of comparably sized, prefabricated  greenhouse kits. A timeless, proven greenhouse design, even the big bad wolf knows better than to huff and puff against this solid structure.

To simplify the installation process on site, our team partially assembles sections of the greenhouse in our workshop. These sections are transported to the site where the greenhouse can then be assembled in a single day.

The Kahn’s greenhouse is anchored to a sturdy base of 4”x4” cedar timbers, and the crushed gravel floor provides excellent drainage and traction.

Vent windows that automatically open and close to allow heat to escape, and help maintain an ideal grow environment inside.

 

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