DIY Greenhouse

Mar 29, 2012 | From France to the Farm, Gardening, Potager | 11 comments

while we (I) are in a dreamy mood…
Someday on that farm I was stewing over yesterday, we are going to have a greenhouse.
A real greenhouse.
The kind you can walk in.  Not the big, hard, plastic thing with doors sitting on the window seat in my kitchen.  (Though I do love my little greenhouse).
There is a greenhouse in town here with brick floors… it’s huge.  
The mind reels.
There is something about bringing the outdoors, in.
Like the gardens at the Opryland hotel – have you ever seen those?
I used to go every year for the BeautiControl convention.  You can actually take a boat ride thru them!
To satisfy this craving… (Because, let’s say it’s easier than satisfying my craving for a barn)  I give my front porch/sun room/office a sort of solarium feel with lots of plants and a fountain (though the fountain is in the repair shop, read: Joel’s garage, due to a leak).
Someday…   a greenhouse.
How about connected to the kitchen?  
I’ll do it myself if I have to… in the meantime…
Here are a couple to get your dreamy juices goin’! 
Oh, the one connected to the barn.
Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
So long as it’s not a chicken:)
Creating up a storm for the launch party!  
A bientôt!
All images found under “gorgeous greenhouses” or “charming greenhouses” and Opryland Gardens  on Google Images.


  1. It's me

    What a lot of beautiful green houses here today…..enjoy the day darling….love from me….xxx..

  2. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest

    I do have the farmette on the water and chickens (my girls) and I feel so fortunate but no greenhouse but the good news is my neighbor is building one this Spring and she tells me to treat it as my own. I am so excited and am already on the lookout for an old shabby chandelier to hang in it. And we will use egg shells as our peat pots. Now, she is not into decorating like I am but I think she will let me have my way with it. 🙂

  3. Lisa DeNunzio

    Here in sunny Florida a greenhouse might be better utilized in the summer to keep the heat out, but I don’t think that is possible. At any rate, they are dreamy to look at and contemplate. Best, Lisa

  4. à la parisienne

    Our next door neighbor has the most charming walk in green house- you know the kind with the curved roof line that makes a pointed ridge? A couple of weeks ago I told my husband that I wanted it if our neighbor ever sales it or sales his house. I would put a table and chairs smack in the center and make the greenhouse more like an outdoor room with beautiful potted roses, bouganvilla and herbs…dreamy.
    Your sunroom looks beautiful and I love your painted floors. I imagine sitting in that chair with a cup of coffee in the mornings would be a nice place to dream.


  5. All Natural Mama

    We built a homemade “hoophouse”, which is basically just an unheated greenhouse (although they can be heated with a portable heater).
    It’s being used right now, full of lettuce growing that I harvested for customers just today! Plus, it’s home to dozens of flats of cool-weather crops. In a few weeks, the lettuce will say bye-bye as my early crop of tomatoes will be planted inside with a heater. Can you imagine? Tomatoes in June in NW Illinois… if everything works out.
    It took us a couple of years to get the design right, our first 2 collapsed on us! But, we finally got it right, just got the plastic on it a couple of weeks ago, and it’s Great!!!

    Also, I use “mini” greenhouses (low tunnels) over our late fall & winter crops (here in NW Illinois I was eating spinach, green onions, lettuce, and Asian greens all winter from under the mini hoophouses on our farm).

    Anyway, the big hoophouse… I posted a picture of it to my farm blog last week, perhaps it will give you a general idea:

  6. savvycityfarmer

    these images are the ultimate teasers!!

    stop it now!

  7. Wild Oak Designs

    Love greenhouses…your pix are great….thanks for sharing….

  8. Chris

    Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  9. Katherines Corner

    A lovely post and so much inspiration. This year we are building a garden shed. But a greenhouse is on our list too. xo

  10. Isabelle Thornton

    This is so gorgeous!
    I would love if you link a post to my French obsession on Monday! My readers would love to see what you are up to.
    Gros bisous et a bientot,


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