Homegrown Tomatoes


A famous Guy Clark song expresses one of life’s truisms: There’s only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes. The song goes on to say, “Plant ’em in the spring, eat ’em in the summer. All winter without ’em is a culinary bummer.” And that’s why we’re building a greenhouse – so we can eat homegrown tomatoes in all year long…or as close to that as possible.

Our progress so far…


Roof joists perched on the frame





2015083037797A gap between the joists and the frame







2015083037798Is filled in order for the frame to better support the weight of the roof.






2015090637809After observing the amount of shadow cast inside the greenhouse by the joists throughout the day, we changed the original design by increasing the amount of polycarbonate on roof. Painting the ceiling makes a lighter space for growing.


2015090637811Fascia and soffits





2015090637808Drip edge at the bottom of the south windows







2015090737817Insulation in the roof










2015090737820Tar paper





2015090637812Tired Scott and Stentor the cat sitting outside our strawbale house at the end of a long work day.






All the roof needs now is the metal sheathing with drip edges and the polycarbonate “glass.”