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Offline james150

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Hi All,

I am in need of a small portable greenhouse/seed starter for about 20 flats of seeds.  It needs to be portable and fit through a doorway.  I noticed that Donald used commercial wire rack shelving on wheels covered with plastic for this type of thing.  That would work fine for me if I could find a vinyl cover for the shelving unit.  I can find them but they are outrageously expensive.  On the order of $120-220 each. 

Does anyone have a source for a cheaper one  or any thoughts on my cutting plastic and making my own.  I'm not sure what plastic to use and what tape would hold up to the sun here in Arizona.

Thanks for the input.  Attached is a photo of a commercial unit with a vinyl cover.

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Jim


   
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Jim,

You can find the shelf units at Sam's Club for $89.99 and they will hold 500 lbs but it doesn't include the plastic. You can buy clear 6 mil poly at places that sell concrete and rebar supplies way cheaper than at a big box stores. As far as the tape, I don't know about that.

I have five or six of these shelves and they are a good value. I use them to store potatoes and onions on because the wire shelf gives you some airflow under the veggies too. Lots of uses for the shelves  besides that. All around, they are very handy to own and we had ours over ten years.
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I bought mine at sams also, instead of a plastic cover I use humidity domes or tops on all the trays.. I have a couple plastic shelves also they dont hold but 8 trays vs the big one will hold 20... I can do do 36 flats at a time if I want..
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I bought mine at sams also, instead of a plastic cover I use humidity domes or tops on all the trays.. I have a couple plastic shelves also they dont hold but 8 trays vs the big one will hold 20... I can do do 36 flats at a time if I want..

That's interesting . . .I can do humidity domes, rather than enclose the whole thing . . .that would work fine I think. 

Thanks to you both for the replies.

Regards,

Jim
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If you're only using it for starting seeds and will not be using it year round, cheap plastic shelves, painters drop cloth and duct tape will do fine for a couple of months. Every year, I put up a temporary hoop house over 2 of my 4x8  beds. It usually goes up towards the end of November & comes down by March. I use regular plastic bought from Lowes. It lasts those few months just fine. Inside, I have shelves, lights & a heater. All on timers. It works fine for just starting my seeds.
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That's what I was wondering.  The sun is brutal here in AZ but it would only be for 6 or 8 weeks and it would be inside the garage during the daytime.  I think I will try the humidity domes and see how it goes, if I need more protection, off to Lowes I go.

Thank you,

Jim
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Go to ebay and look around for cheap greenhouses/seed starters. You can make a platform with plywood and attach wheels and you have what you need.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-4-Shelf-Mini-Greenhouse-PVC-Cover-Outdoor-Hot-House-Shelves-Flowers-/332059417587?hash=item4d50489bf3:g:B-QAAOxyf1dTJlgu

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The heat build up is my biggest problem in my temporary hoop house. My current solution is to monitor the temperature & when it gets over 90 degrees, open the door & window & run a box fan to circulate the air. I could go a more automatic system, but for a few months, the cost is not worth it. I', retired, so I'm usually home during the daytime to monitor the temps.

That's what I was wondering.  The sun is brutal here in AZ but it would only be for 6 or 8 weeks and it would be inside the garage during the daytime.  I think I will try the humidity domes and see how it goes, if I need more protection, off to Lowes I go.

Thank you,

Jim

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I use the humidity domes to hold the moisture in the trays, my shelves are inside upstairs in a small 10x10 room stays about 80f in there all the time with a few lights on

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not sure if any of you have an aldi in your area...but they are having a mini greenhouse for seed starting for 19.99!

http://weeklyads.aldi.us/Aldi/BrowseByPage/Index/?StoreID=2624176&PromotionCode=Aldi-170308HBc&PromotionViewMode=1

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I know what you mean Jo Ann. I have the same situation. Small home built greenhouse and I have to constantly monitor the temp. I work 8 - 5 and I am always calling somebody to run to my house and either close the door or go open it. LOL

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