CALUMET - Green-thumb hobbyists don't have to bother packing up their greenhouse every fall. Not if they purchase a unit from Snow Country Greenhouse of Calumet.
Located on 6th Street, Snow Country Greenhouse carries a line of modular residential greenhouses designed and built to withstand inclemate weather, primarily snow and wind.
"They're made out of a twin-wall polycarbonate material," business co-owner Robert Johnson said. "It has the same insulation value as a good thermal-pane window."
Photo shows a newly constructed Snow Country Greenhouse.
Robert said the units are built as panelized greenhouses and are pre-assembled at their factory outlet. The panels are numbered for easy assembly before being packaged in a kit for shipment or local delivery.
The greenhouse kit includes: prefabricated panels, metal trim, fasteners, screws, nuts, bolts and an assembly guide. For an additional cost, customers can purchase foundation kits, foundation anchors (for wind), cedar shelves and professional installation.
"The greenhouse kits include everything you'll need except for the foundation," Robert said, noting the foundation must be square, level and anchored to the ground to prevent wind lift. "We recommend rot-resistant material such as concrete or treated wood that has been anchored to the ground."
Once the foundation is set, the greenhouse can be assembled. The final step involves adding the trim.
Each greenhouse features a Dutch door that can be opened one panel at a time to control ventilation. The windows are set on tracks and slide open and closed without risk of wind damage.
"The sliding windows let the air in and the bees," Robert said. "There's great cross ventilation."
Snow Country Greenhouses come in a variety of sizes including: 8-foot-by-8-foot, 8-foot-by-12-foot, 12-foot-by-12-foot, and 12-foot-by-16-foot.
Robert said while it's up to the customer if they want to disassemble the greenhouse in the fall, it's not necessary because they are designed to support snow. Special wood supports, called girts, stop snow from pushing in the side panels.
Snow Country Greenhouse is expanding its product line to include cabinet style greenhouses for the patio or balcony, for example.
An additional unit they're looking into is a greenhouse which stores thermal energy.
Snow Country Greenhouse has been a family operation since it opened one year ago. Running the business with Robert are his wife Kathy, and their daughter, Regina Johnson, who is the office manager.
"We wanted to tap into the going green concept," Kathy said. "We also wanted to promote organic goodness."
Along with growing the vegetables and plants you want, owning a Snow Country Greenhouse has many benefits, Kathy said.
"You can plant before June 1 or June 15," she said. "You get an extra month of growing and an extra month before you would harvest."
For more information, contact Snow Country Greenhouse at 296-0289 or visit rejcontracting.com.
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