Takes Two Days!

It turns out that you will need an extra tool when assembling the Palram 6×8 greenhouse.

Yesterday, a gust of wind blew the half-finished greenhouse sideways on the platform. Luckily, it didn’t blow over on its side. It’s easy to prevent this from happening by drilling a screw into the platform at all four corners.

The previous day, John actually said he wanted to screw it down but I said wait. He did and sure enough a light gust proved his point.

This is how the greenhouse looks this morning. It really does require two people to assemble because you need to keep all four corners eased (nuts) until all sides are plum. John has to constantly go back and forth which is making the assembly time much longer. So either get a “friend” or “family member” to assist if possible.

Of course, you can always hire someone to assemble it. Since it is a time consuming project it will probably be expensive to pay someone to do it. (And add the cost of the optional platform construction to the cost of assembling the greenhouse).

I really like the size of the greenhouse and the dark green frame. It’s just the right size for a greenhouse beginner like me. There’s plenty of room for what I plan to grow. John’s friend has the same greenhouse in Massachusetts and he’s been giving me greenhouse tips on the phone. The most important tip is that the greenhouse gets super hot so constant watering is essential and ventilation along with a fan is a must!


Wear Gloves!

This morning I walked outside and John said, “Now I know why the instruction booklet says to wear gloves.” The edges of the polycarbonate panels (thermoplastic polymers) are razor sharp.

In this photo, the transparent panels have been installed.

Framing the second half of the greenhouse will be next. By the end of the day, it will be completed.



Palram Greenhouse Platform

The Palram greenhouse platform was constructed on Saturday with 4x4s and 2x4s along with two OSB boards.

The instructions are easy to follow for assembling this backyard hobby greenhouse. Most of the assembling can be done by one person but a second person is needed for a couple of the framing steps.

The entrance to the greenhouse will be on the south side. The door will be hinged on the left.

Each aluminum powder-coated piece has a number.

Tools needed: Tape measure, level, gloves and Phillips-head screwdriver.

For tips on growing vegetables in a hobby greenhouse, click here.

Brickhouse319.com is Two Years Old!

Yesterday, my blog turned two years old.

I dropped Google AdSense and I now only do Amazon Affiliate Marketing which are my personal product picks that you see on the right side of my blog.

So for those of you who are wondering how Amazon Affiliate Marketing works, or you’re wondering about the products on the right side of the screen which change on a regular basis, I can tell you how it works in a nutshell.

First of all, I chose Amazon because it’s the world’s largest ONLINE shopping site. Everybody orders from Amazon. Therefore, I have a better chance that someone will actually buy something. But there are tons of affiliate marketing stores. For instance, a travel blogger might consider affiliate marketing with TripAdvisor.

How does it work? When someone clicks on one of the Amazon products on the right side of the screen, Cookies on your computer or personal device (such as a smartphone or tablet) will save the information for 30 days. That means if you don’t buy anything when you click on a product but visit Amazon again within 30 days of clicking I will earn a small commission.

The percentage I earn does not affect your purchase price. I get a 4% commission of the sale and after a certain number of purchases, the commission increases to 6%. The commission rate incrementally increases.

December is a good month for sales and has been my best month so far. I reached 12% toward the end of the month but obviously didn’t make that commission for the majority of the sales earlier in the month.

Yesterday, I earned 75 cents on an order that was shipped.

I can see what  people purchase but I can’t see who purchased the products. To give you an example, one person bought KIND bars and another person on another day bought a clothespin bag.

With Amazon there are additional ways to earn commissions such as bounties which I don’t do and targeted ads which I don’t do (only because I don’t have the time to figure it out).

For anyone out there who has a blog I think Amazon Affiliate marketing is the best route to take to earn a little bit of money. For me it covers the annual costs of having the blog and will cover shipping costs for gift giveaways, etc.