Quick answer here, milking time. I'm building one using a sink. Will leave the down spout plumbing intact with a bucket underneath. Will post the design a bit later today as have manure and shavings runs today. It makes for easy cleanup and can store a bag or two of soil less mix underneath with the bucket . Mine has to have a door on it because of my cats-they love tearing those bags up.
Ok, finally got slowed down enough to post the pics I had drawn up. This is from a potting bench I saw at a farm in the South Valley-part of Albuquerque. Got a chance to use it and get a good look at it. No measurements on it, but for me its matter of sizing it for my 5'6" and using the materials already at hand.
A greenhouse or hoophouse is a labor of love. There seems to be no end to adding to it here and there. I built mine with scrap material. first bench/workstation was a piece of scrap plywood on top of a couple of concrete blocks. Some studs came across my path, they became a frame for the plywood. Took a sink from a bathroom renovation. Ran a garden hose for water supply, a bucket for the drain. A drain bucket lets you save water if its an issue.
A sink is handy for washing hands and pots. If space is a limiting issue, consider putting a piece of plywood over the top of the sink if you go that route.
Shelving is especially handy. If it does not have a plant, its got a stack of pots or tools. If the shelf is empty, give it time, it will fill up with something.
I used visqueen for the roof cover for several years. Condensation regularly produced water droplets which fell on my clipboard, making a mess of any notes. The solution was a couple of plastic shoeboxes with lids-about a buck each at Walmart or the Dollar Store. Keeps stuff dry, stackable so they take up less shelf space. One has drip tips and parts, one has tools/scissors/knife/staple gun, one for all the little stuff that accumulates.
I had 2 small tables in the old GH, 1 was 2'x3', under it was peat moss, and a tub of blended potting soil. THe other was 2'x4', under it was the barrel, hose, cords, and pots.
Lowe's replaced their entire kitchen cabinet display, I picked up an 8' countertop and base cabinets for $25-the old display. Has the showroom advertising pasted to the front. This is all in the new GH. Stuff can be had for cheap,.
A plywood top will wear, stain, absorb water. Painting can preserve it. If there is no back wall, a stud or piece of lumber can be screwed on to serve as a backsplash, keeps things from falling over the back.
If summer heat can be kept down with shade curtains or ventilation, a worm bin would fit in. The mass would help to buffer the temperature.
How about putting some catfish in the water barrel? You get the thermal mass and a sandwich to boot. When you change the water, use it on your plants.
Ken Peavey wrote:
55 gallon drums are handy. I had one in the old greenhouse, put an 8 watt pump in it, moved the water through some tubing left in the sun then back to the barrel. Heated the barrel to 120-140, gave up the heat overnight. Cost to run the pump 6 hours/day is about 12 cents/month. Run a section of hose through the tank to the hot water side of a faucet (or just a 2nd hose nozzle) and you get warm/hot water.
Any possibility to drive a system like this using the thermosyphon effect, for those without a pump or without easy grid access? Even with the barrel at mostly the same height as the solar collector, I think it would be possible to drop in a circle of thin HDPE that roughly fits the barrel, to mostly isolate the hot input water from an upper hole from a layer of cold water draining through the lower hole. Some slight buoyancy would re-set this barrier once the temperatures equalized & there was no flow.
I knew a potting shed, the potting surface was a wide shelf i suppose higher than a normal table and ran the whole length of the shed on the south side that was also the windowed side. It was a thick wooden shelf long and wide enough to make working on it comfortable because you had plenty of space. It was a space that had been kept pretty bare as i remember it except for a mound of soil and somewhere in the shed was some sand to mix with the soil i was tuaght to take peranium cuttings there. Strings onions hung in the shed giving it a special smell.
I don't know where the pots where washed, there was a tank in the green house though i doubt pots were washed there, maybe they were washed somewhere else on the farm on a different day. agri rose macaskie.