This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
I send you a plan of a small cold grapery, built about a year since, which I think combines neatness and cheapness. It need not cost, all finished, over $120. I cannot tell precisely what this cost, as I planned it and built it myself, as I had leisure and fancy, in the winter season. The cost of all the material, however, did not exceed $65, exclusive of border. The border is trenched two and a half feet deep under the building, and twelve feet each side, and five feet across the ends, using old hotbed manure, sods from the road-side, and old tan that had lain for five years. The building stands upon three tiers of cedar posts, levelled with the surface, and the sills spiked firm on to the outer posts ; the timbers used are 2 by 4 scantling entire, except the plates, which are 2 by 6, projecting over two inches, and a strip of board three inches wide fitted on the edge to receive the glass and carry off the drip.
1. Door on each end.
2. Ventilators each side and on each side of roof.
4. Glazed 12 by 14 glass, both ends glazed.
5. " 10 by 14 " " sides "
6. 2 by 4 scantling, rabbeted to receive the glass.
7. Supports and beams in the centre.
[There are some good points in the above ; but Mr. Hubbard fails to tells us the size of his house, and we are therefore without the means of judging J of its cheapness compared with structures of a similar kind. Enough is given, however, to convince us that the plan is both simple and cheap. We should kyanize the cedar posts; in fact, all the wood-work of glass structures should be submitted to this process; it would make them almost as durable as iron. - Ed].