Making Greenhouses out of Lemons

In a previous post, I talked about our failed attempt at an overly large chicken coop. Forwp-1460736813359.jpeg
about a year we had the pieces in the yard. It was a kick in the teeth that we spent the money and time on these things and weren’t going to get anything from it. One of our sayings, especially recently, is that we have more time than money.

After our trip to our property it became pretty clear that we would need more than just our planned greenhouse. Also, we were looking to experiment with citrus fruit trees grown in pots in greenhouses that we were told about by the local nursery owner.

Well, I came home one day and my wonderful husband had taken our forlorn chicken coop and re-purposed the hoops.

First he took several of the straight polls and cut them down. He then fit them with conduit as a reducer to make them fit into purchased brackets. These brackets made the structure of the hoops a lot more stable.

Once the polls were secured together, he built a much more manageable dome.


Here is just the roof part of the dome in its beginning stages.

It took a lot of trial and error and fitting and refitting different pieces to make them work. Eventually Michael got them all to come together. The structure is approximately 20 feet wide by 20 feet long by about 10 feet high at the center.


We have enough poles from the botched chicken coop to make 3 greenhouses this size!


I am so excited, and I am grateful to have a husband that doesn’t give up when something doesn’t work right away. We may drop back for a while, but we eventually get something good out of it. That’s how we roll (with the punches). 🙂

Do you have a failure turned success story you would like to share. Tell us about it in the comments!


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