The greenhouse was previously owned by Janine's Uncle, Floyd Herzing.
Floyd and his wife Eppie operated, Herzing's Greenhouse,
for many many years.
It was a very successful business just down the road from us
on Bucktail Trail.
They have retired from the greenhouse business, so we purchased their hoop house in the spring of 2007 in hopes of starting our own little endeavor...but there is much work to be done!
This big thing has to come down and move up the street to our home.
Not an easy task to say the least!
What! Tear down this whole thing! Yikes!
Umm! The biggest puzzle we've ever put together!
Just how do all these pieces fit together?
We had a challenge ahead of us!
It started with lots of digging for the posts to go into the ground.
There were 50 posts that each needed to be 2 feet in the ground! Needless to say, we had sore arms for a few weeks from digging and pounding them in with a sledgehammer!
Marty's father, Marvin is very handy when it comes to woodworking and he build a beautiful curved frame on the ends of the house
to attach the plastic.
When the day came to put on the plastic we were grateful for the help we received from some friends and family. Since the plastic was not new it was more difficult to handle than putting on new. We estimated that it weighed around 300 lbs. and lit took everything we all had to get it on the hoops. We all were amazed at just how hard it was to move that plastic! We could tug and pull our hardest and it seemed like it only moved inches, but somehow when it was all over and done, it seemed to fit like a glove! Amazing!
Marty wanted an early start for the Farmer's Market this year,
so he tried his hand
at planting some veggies in ground inside the greenhouse.
We actualy had fresh tomatoes, peppers and red beets up until Christmas!
Janine says, "Let's Make A Little Pond"
We begin landscaping. Janine has a vision and begins
to bull into this project.
It started out as just a little garden, but as you will see in the pictures, it got a little larger.
A small pond was dug out by hand...which was a chore since we dediced to make it 5 feet deep which is recommended in case we ever get the urge to put some fish in there.
We devised a fountain, and an old watering can was converted into a waterfall-type feature.
Later we purchased a log swing for seating and scrounged up some big rocks and put in a rock sidewalk to match what is around our home now. We also gathered rocks for weeks from our gardens to use as fill in the garden. An old rusty potato digger was given to us by Marty's brother and it works great as a conversation piece in the garden. We then needed to fence in the pond for safety reasons, so, split rail fencing was added
with a smaller wire fence around the pond to keep it safe.
Autumn came too fast this year! Janine planted some bulbs to add spring color to the landscaping
as she hopes the voles don't make them a winter meal!
We need water & electricity!
In between the landscaping and tending to our other gardens, we needed to get all the utilities into the greenhouse, so we rented a ditch witch over Memorial Day weekend and dug up quite a mess! We started behind the house to put in a water line to our gardens behind the house. Why not? As long as the place was getting torn up...let's go crazy, right!
When we got a leaky fuel line, the service man arrived in a jiffy, (quite impressive for a holiday weekend!) We were back up and running in no time!
We managed in 3 short days to dig and lay water and electric lines to the backyard garden, the back yard garden's water feature, the shed, the greenhouse and the pond
by the greenhouse. Whew!
It would still be weeks to fill them in &
to get the lawn looking good again.
Glad that job is done!
Greenhouse "GOES GREEN" with bio-diesel fueled furnace!
Heating a greenhouse of this size is more of an expense than we wanted,
so we are doing our part to keep the earth "green" and save on our fuel bill
at the same time by using homemade bio-diesel!
We found a good used furnace on the Internet and Hunter was eager to help haul it down to the greenhouse on his favorite wagon! Marty had some challenges setting up this system...reading about the furance and learning about making the bio-diesel, but he worked out all the kinks and things were up and running! He did stop to hitch up a temporary rope swing for the kids to play on! Lots of fun in the middle of winter when it's too cold to be outside!
There is still lots to do...the flooring is now laid, but getting muddy from construction.
We begin building lots and lots of tables for the plants and start
planning our inventory and studying seed catalogs...
all in hopes of opening in the spring of 2008...will it be possible?
Colored Lights &
Marty will be seeing tables in his dreams!
Christmas time was nearing and Marty decided to put
colored lights in the greenhouse for decoration...what a site to see!
Then it was time to start building the new tables.
Marty kept busy for weeks building the tables for the greenhouse.
We all helped the best we could with cutting the boards, but he was the "master carpenter".
Tables, tables, tables! I wonder if he will get them out of his mind!
We are so anxious to get other things going, but without the tables,
you just can't do much in a greenhouse.
So finally, after endless days and weeks, the tables are all completed!
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Just before opening May 2010...We've been getting things ready now for months....some plants are still small, but they grow fast! We still transplant daily to keep our selection growing. The grass outside isn't yet as green as it will be...spring is just beginning and we are excited to see all our wonderful customers once again!
SEE SOME VIDEOS OF THE GREENHOUSE!
Video of our greenhouse & gift shop Sept. 2010.
We're happy to have chain saw carvings by Adam Bauer available for sale this year!
We also feature Riddle's Honey, and our own fresh homemade jams & jellies!
We have everything you need to decorate for the fall season. Come in and see our hardy mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, Indian and broom corn, fall crafts, decor, seasonal produce and so much more!
March 2012: Starting seeds and planting has been going on for weeks now. We are excited for the greenhouse to open again this season.
We are growing (literally) so this year greenhouse #3 will
be open to the public....so that's 3 big greenhouses to shop, outdoor displays to browse and lots of new stuff in
the gift shop!
WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE VERY SOON!
NEW THIS YEAR:
NO MORE EMPLOYEES ONLY IN GREENHOUSE #3
Early Spring 2012
Greenhouse # 3 will be open to our customers this year!
You'll have even more selection to choose from.
We finished the shelving and we are working on laying
drain pipes down. A new gravel floor and walking path have been
added to this greenhouse to make it customer friendly!
You'll even be able to take a peek at a shadier greenhouse #4 which
is home to some of our chickens, ducks, quail and bunnies!
We need more space!
With less than a month before opening day for the fall season, the ADDITION on our
GIFT SHOP has begun. Call us crazy, but I know we usually work best under pressure...lol!
Over the years, we have found that our "quaint" little gift shop and check out
area is just too darn small. On busy days, there was hardly space
for people to set down their items on the counter, so we NEEDED to make a change.
We used rough cut lumber to match the original building, so every board had to be squared up or trimmed down before being measured cut and put in place....lots of extra work!
Click away to see some pics of the transformation!
I must say that this was the hardest August I have ever known....the heat & humidity, the sawdust, cleaning 3 greenhouses & keeping up with trimming & watering plants & taking care of our house and kids...getting them ready for school to start....all while building...whew!
Marty was the brains of the construction, along with some design help from his
Dad, and I feel like I became a carpenter, too. I helped cut floor boards, nailed them in, notched out beams, cut and laid out walls, & even helped build our new checkout counter.
We had awesome friends and family stop over a couple of times to help lift some of the
really heavy stuff & special thanks to Russ Carr for all his hard work and for shingling the roof.....again...(on opening day...ha ha....just like last time)! I got to decorate the gift shop by the light of the sun...with no roof, ha ha...then dust dust and more dust to clean
everytime a shingle was laid down. Oh, well, didn't want to break tradition and it all worked out in the end...ha ha!
We still have much to do to finish off this project, but going from the old to the new has been quite an experience,for me, anyway.
Here's the progress as of 9/4/12:
THE OLD GIFT SHOP 2009 - Aug.2012
Some parking issues will be addressed & some minor landscaping needs completed in the front. I miss all my landscaping out front, but that will come in time...again! It's definately BIGGER inside!
We will have lots to do this winter to get things just the way we like, but for now...we are ready (enough) for fall...& the plants are beautiful!