It looks great doesn't it? Problem is it can't withstand a good gust of wind. Found this out the hard way when it dumped everything out. This design worked overall and once I anchored it to the deck, it worked much better. Problem is without a heat source, it would lose heat quickly because of its location on the floor of the deck. So it's useless overnight. I like the concept if I can figure a way for it to hold heat better over night without the use of electricity.
So this year I decided to take the old PVC pipe left over from the old chicken run and remake it into a hoop house of sorts. I thought if over ground, it would hold the heat from the day better. Ideally, a hoop shape would have been better, but that would have meant buying whole PVC length. That meant additional funds used and we really didn't have it. So I used the left over and made the design more like a "A" frame shape. The first time I did this, I used a rope I thought was much stronger than it was. We had a day of large wind gusts and the hoop house ended up off the raised bed and flat onto the ground due to the rope snapping. I went back out, got it back together and anchored it really well. This went fine except we had another day of large wind gusts and , while it stayed where it was supposed to be, it pulled the clear vinyl away from the PVC frame in some areas. I don't have time to redo this right now, and it would be pointless to do it right now anyway because we are getting to the point in our season where I would be planting cold weather stuff anyway. Duh! I am going to continue to re design this over the season and would like to have something to extend the gardening season on the other side (fall). I believe the PVC idea is a dud. What I want now is to make something out of wood with the clear vinyl sandwiched between the wood frame for security. It is still a process. I invested funds into the vinyl and so am not giving up on this.
Speaking of the garden, Strawberries are on the docket for planting this year. I have the entire back raised area of the garden planted with blackberry bushes and a couple of blueberry bushes. Strawberry plants will make good ground cover I think. They would be planted in front of the bushes so sunlight shouldn't be an issue. I love the idea of having that area designated a perennial fruit area. Never have to worry about that area again. Well except for maintenance. Here's hoping.
My point to my greenhouse issue is this; no failure is a true failure if you learn something. There will be a time when I have a greenhouse/cold frame for my gardening. I can promise this one way or the other. As long as I keep trying, I am ahead of the game. This is a good rule of thumb to have for life in general. Learn from your mistakes, and never give up.