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Help with greenhouse purchase

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    Hello folks, well Iíve looked through the old post and the new, and have made a tentative decision on my greenhouse purchase. Allison "SF bay Girl" (what a great Gal) was nice enough to give me a tour of her house and some advice, and take me to a local show and sale last week... I told her I didnít have room for any more plants but that didnít seem to stop her from "forcing" me to buy some more. Anyway here's what I have decided: Juliana "compact plus" greenhouse 9w x 14.5L x 7H, with 6mm siding. Iíd like to go a little wider and a little longer but all the kits in this price range don't go any wider. I'm going to build a 2 FT. base foundation, so call it 9FT. high once complete. I think I can do the heating (n gas), and the swamp cooler, misters, foggers, and ventilation for another $2500 or so.
    OK now is the time to put in your two cents... and let me know now if this is a go or if you have other suggestions. I live in northern California, so our winters a not to harsh. I am a little concerned about the twin sliding doors; I don't think they are going to seal very well. I could go with the Juliana Premium greenhouse, same size
    But with 10mm siding and hinged door for $1000 more? Or is it worth dropping the big bucks and going for a BC Cross country in the size I want (12W x 16L) with 6mm siding for $2000 more? I havenít seen any of these houses in person, so itís hard to judge the quality of each on the internet.

    Thanks again, Adam "The Newbie

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    If you are going to spend more on anything, make it size. In No. Cal the weather isn't that harsh, unless you are up in the mountains. My mom grew orchids in her little greenhouse in Menlo Park for years with a little campstove type thing rigged as a heater... She was out of room after the first year...

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    I agree about the size issue. I have a 12' x 20' and it is tiny now. I understand about budget restrictions, however this may be the last time you build a greenhouse for a lot of years and you would hate to run out of space in 6 months.

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    I third the motion... size is everything! (at least when it comes to grow-space!)

    btw, what are you doing with shade? shade cloth? egg paint?

    oh, and how exciting for you to be getting a greenhouse... I'm green with envy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72 View Post
    oh, and how exciting for you to be getting a greenhouse... I'm green with envy!
    me too, congrats!

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    Thanks to all for your opinions, I’m going to rethink a few things and bounce it off you again in a month or so. After looking at a few of the posted pics of greenhouses on this forum, I think size is more important then I first thought.

    Thank you Again, Adam

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