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My New Shade House

This is a discussion on My New Shade House within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ok, Guys, hope I did this right. This is my new $20.00 shade house. This ...

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    Ok, Guys, hope I did this right. This is my new $20.00 shade house. This will be the first year that I try growing them outside. I took the frame from our old motorcycle "shed". The cover had rotted but the frame was fine.

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    We had a bunch of rough sawed white oak boards and left over wire from when the property was fenced to keep the dogs in. I milled the boards down to what I needed and got to work on the benches.

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    Then started to fit them in place.

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    Finally added the shade cloth that a good friend of mine gave me. It was a huge piece that I cut down to fit my needs.

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    The structure sits with the open ends N and S. The west side will get additional shade in the late afternoon due to a row of huge pine trees just across the property line. I put 2 layers of weed cloth on the ground and a third layer over the walk way in the middle. We had that left over from a previous project. It has 4 earth anchors keeping it solidly on the ground. I still plan to put "curtain" doors on the ends for times when I want to try and trap a bit of heat or can open them for the extra breeze. I am also going to string a wire above the benches to hang my mounts from. I had to purchase screws and drill bits only.

    So, what do you all think?

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    Great job, Jonada! I love a good repurposing project, especially if it involves orchids. Your orchids are going to love summering outside.

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    Thanks, Kassie. I hope so!

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    That's very ingenious. Well done!

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    Thanks, Yew. I have learned to work with what is available to have what I want.

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    I am impressed Jonada. The 'chids' are going to love their summer 'vacation' home. AL

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    Thanks, Al. I sure hope they do.

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    Wow, Jonada - I'm in awe of you. I've developed a few tool and carpentry skills over the years (mostly because I had an ex-husband who was clueless when it came to home repairs), but I doubt I could do what you've done. Is the photo of you with your best little helper?

    As I've said in another thread, I have to rig up some sort of shade area on my tiny deck if I want to put some of my orchids out to compete for space with Phillip's bonsais (and my one little pre-bonsai tree). I'm scheming, though, pondering and scheming....

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    Well done Jonada ! That looks very cosy for any orchid ! Good luck with it, and do keep us updated when the orchid space fills out.

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    Yes Maura, that is me and my best little helper. PM me if you have any questions on your shade area.

    Thanks, Amey. I was going to start taking a few outside for just days today, but the temp is a high of 41 today. More like what our normal temps should be, but after this early look at spring, brrrr.

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