Friday, May 27, 2011

Growing Area Hangers

Greenhouse hangers

The last remaining task to get the new growing area ready for the open house is to put up a way to hang plants. That's the main reason for this area, to have a sheltered place to grow Mexican Laelia plants in hanging pots.

The picture above is of the hangers in the greenhouse. They are 2-foot pieces of 3/4-inch dowel running between the ceiling beams. They are resting on 1x2-inch boards that have notches to keep the dowels in place. They provide both a place to hang from and a support for temporary shade-cloth panels.

1x4-inch wood marked to become hangersThe beams in the new growing area are also spaced 2 feet apart and so I will use almost the same method. It is plenty strong enough for heavy clay pots. The only difference is that I will make the notches 9 inches apart instead of 6 inches.

I painted some 4-foot lengths of 1x4 pine and and drew a line down the middle from one end to the other. At 9-inch intervals I mark where I will drill a 1-inch hole. After the holes are drilled I will cut the wood along the line so that 1/2 half of the hole is on either side of the cut. When these are screwed to the beams and painted, there will be perfectly spaced matched notches for the dowels.

2 comments:

  1. Richard,
    Just curious, is there any protection from the rain in your growing area, I guess the cloth gives some protection? Are you worried about quantity of rain, perhaps this is not an issue in your climate? I have been worried about the large amount of rain I have had recently. I put my five anceps out two weeks ago, lots of rain since. Wish I was closer so I could visit your open-house, best wishes.
    Stephen

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  2. Yes, there is a roof on the area. That was the reason for the design, to provide a diffused light and dry area for the anceps and a few Cymbidiums. We have a good temperature profile for them here.

    Sorry you can't make it, but I certainly understand. I am about an hour away for some of the people coming and I am hour plus from both San Francisco and Sacramento. Farther than that, well, let's just say that this is not a major orchid event. It will be fun though, and refreshments will be served.

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