US (OH): Coshocton in Bloom greenhouse nears completion, support is needed

Although there's still lots to complete, Coshocton in Bloom hopes its new greenhouse will be functional by the first part of April. The structure is erected, water is hooked up and concrete for the floors was poured last week. Upcoming work includes leveling and seeding the outside, creating a small parking lot, finishing electric wiring, running a gas line, and moving in equipment and plants. The greenhouse is on Denman Avenue, site of the former Clary Brothers Florist. 

The greenhouse features heaters if it's too cold and fans for its too warm. The roof can also opened and it has sensors to close if it rains or it's too windy. The greenhouse is one unit, but can easily be divided into two pods with some screening in the middle, said CIB President Tim France. There's room to add at least two more pods in the future if needed. They might also have a community garden and outdoor hoop houses, smaller covered structures for growing. 

France said his vision is to start plants on one side and move them as they grow with bigger plants together on the other side. Along with growing, the greenhouse will be used to assemble the hanging baskets and pots one sees throughout Downtown Coshocton and Roscoe Village. 

CIB maintains 96 hanging baskets and 50 planters with two plants each in downtown and there's another 60 pots in Roscoe Village. France said they usually grow some extra just in case. Plants when pulled for the winter can be stored at the greenhouse as well. 

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