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Old 05-04-2012, 01:49 AM
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my very first greenhouse

Last weekend, we dropped by a local OSH hardware, and found this small vegetable greenhouse called a Growcamp. What made us buy it was the sudden price drop, it normally was priced at 400++ and now on clearance sale for 107.50 and with an additional 20% off, it came down to 86 plus sales tax.

When we arrived home, I went online to see how other sellers are pricing this out. It is still high everywhere else..so we are just so glad to have stumbled on this one. I will not use it for vegetables, I am going to use it for my orchids so I can have a safe shelter for them outdoors, though for sure I will need to return them indoors when winter sets in. But in the meantime the Growcamp safely protects my outdoor orchids from the wind impact and insects.

Here is the Growcamp we got. Are there others who use this Growcamp..would love to hear your experience about it. So far for us it has been extremely helpful during the strong winds coming in lately.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:50 AM
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How lucky you are!!! I was curious about these tents myself. But space being limited I wouldnt have been able to purchase it even if I had the money!!!
How is it working out for you so far? Norcal or Socal?
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Jealous!! I'd been eyeing those online, but the price is what kept me from buying.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:32 AM
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Awww thats really cute :3
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:14 PM
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AWSOME... Nice work an wat a bargain
50% shade cloth over top an bingo a perfect Phalie an Paphiopedilum ( slipper ) house
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AS Mc Donalds says " IM LOVING IT" LOL LOL

Bloody Beautiful Garden there.... Fairdinkum wat aplace to throw another shrimp on the Barbie an have a fosters LOL LOL i couldnt resist.
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Looks nice...I've never seen or heard of these "grow camps".

Is it totally enclosed? If so, how are you keeping it from over-heating?
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:11 PM
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Wow, what a deal! Do all OSH have it? I want and need one desperately!
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:59 PM
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Empress - I am in Norcal area, San Joaquin County, geographically part of Central Valley.

Katrina - There are nettings on two sides and also there is a plastic foil that I can roll up or down as needed. All secured by velcro. I can water thru the netting if I want or just roll up the netting and water whichever I want. My first apprehension was if it might be too flimsy for the winds, but the base is about 70 lbs, heavy enough

I do not know if all the other OSH hardwares carry this growcamp or if they are also doing a clearance sale of it. It is funny though, they also sell the extension and it is still priced at 300++, not going to buy that

Will have to observe how things go in summer. For now, the canopy/shadow of the Poplar city trees provide good dappled shade to the structure once the sun moves west. Summer temps will be the thing that will worry me since we often get triple digit heat over here..for sure the fountain will be running to help provide humidity and the plastic foil will be rolled up to allow airflow. We are a bit lucky though, we always have good breeze here in our garden, and shade at the hottest part of the afternoon.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:53 PM
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That's pretty cool! I would think it would be very easy to build one from scratch, but for $107 bucks... it would probably cost more than than that to buy all the stuff. Looks like you got a good deal!
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Sounds and looks great! For future reference for us copycats what is the difference in temperature and humidity inside (with flaps open and a breeze through it) and outside (in both shade and sun conditions)? Your miniGH would be great for those of us who can't afford a real GH.
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I do not have a humidity gauge. The variance for temp is not that much I think right now, maybe 4 to 5 degrees, warmer if flaps down. I am still observing it. For now it helps vs being whipped around by the strong winds blowing through my garden, and from getting unwanted debris from the trees and everything else, and protection from the sneaky snails that try to make a meal of my outdoor plants. And I think since we have put this in an elevated platform, there is always air coming through from below so the temperature variance will not be that significant. Luckily right now being Spring temps at nightime is hovering at 50 and above, so within tolerable limit for the 'chids.
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that looks really neat! good luck with it!
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Have temporarily added some spare curtains on the roof netting of the growcamp..till I find a good shade cloth. The heat of the sun when it goes on top is stressing some of my oncidiums..hopefully the temporary shade will help for now
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Good luck with it. It is always nice to have something new. Just remember to keep an eye on the temp. In a small space the temp and go sky high real fast. Again nice shopping and good luck.

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Thanks skipper..indeed..it is getting too toasty these last few days, so I kept going out to see how the 'chids are doing..been misting them to hopefully give some heat relief....expecting another nasty 98F tomorrow ugh!
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Trev, I am thrilled for you. Obviously you were meant to have this. Even with dappled sun and shaded from the poplar's a good shade cloth would be worth every cent. Since it isn't too heavy, could you move it closer to the trees while it is so hot?
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:39 PM
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Hi Susan! No, cannot move it any nearer to the trees. The trees are beyond our fenceline growing by the dry creek. I am just glad that though it is really dry here, we often get some Delta breeze coming in, but there are just some days when the heat is so intense. Misting often seems to help cool them down..and just have to get that fountain beside it running constantly to help add humidity and some coolness. My temporary shade cover seems to be working too for now.
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Awesome! It looks like you can fit a decent amount of orchids in there too. I hope it works out for you. I'd love to have something like it one day.
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With our first Fall storm coming in, am I glad this growcamp is in place, quite good safe haven for the orchids and some other plants that I have. Rainy & windy cold weather coming in up to Wednesday. I have been busy securing all my other container plants today.

So how did my orchids fare over summer inside the growcamp..I'd say well and good ...got some good blooms from the Dancing Lady and blooms from a Miltassia. Newly adopted miniatures are enjoying it too! Den smilliae also bloomed well and sent out a new cane after blooming.

Now the next test is Fall and Winter..keeping fingers crossed!
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