I have decided that I am going to keep the greenhouse where it is so during the Thanksgiving break, my dad and I put a poly-carbonate roof on it. These are panels that you can buy at Lowes and have the waves in them. They are lightweight which is good for us because they make it easy to move them around and they last for a good long time.
First let me remind you of what it looked like with the torn plastic sheeting and the blue tarps covering it... a real hillbilly greenhouse looking thing. Sad..
|Before we started the project - I had 2 blue tarps covering the roof|
After we stripped off the roofing plastic and tarps we had to nail on the cleats that you screw the panels into. They are wavy and thin so you have to be careful with lining them up from top to bottom. By the way, the label on these clearly says 6 feet but when we got them home and measured them they were only 5 ft 7 inches. What a big difference!
|This is the cleat, you first attach these to the rafters and then attach the roof panels to them.|
|Halfway finished - but the clouds are coming in!|
|Just getting started on the first side|
|My bestest helper! My dad the super-man!|
|Screwing on the panels to the cleats|
|Dad finessing the end panels|
|Inside view of the finished roof - and even with the pouring rain the next day, no leaks.|
Kale and tomato plants... the tomato plant have small green tomatoes and even new flowers. The kale are cold hardy so they should continue to do good in the winter as long as I can keep it from freezing.
Green pepper that I just picked and ate today! Finally... the pepper plants grew the slowest of everything in that system. I am thinking that they are not a fan of the aquaponic system and will probably need to grown them in the dirt next year. But still in the greenhouse to protect them from the deer that eat these plants down to the stem in just 1 night.