Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein wrote:One way you can fill your planter all the way up, is to do a sort of hugelkultur bottom layer and fill between logs with sand, sawdust, wood chips. Then use the soil you planned to use to top it up.
You are quite resourceful, happy gardening .. oh yeah .. have you seen the "cattle panel" greenhouses, could be a good fit for that bed YouTube has a bunch of examples to peruse, one of them may strike a chord. Here's a starter;
Cristo Balete wrote:Steve, your 10x10 space might be a good candidate for a horseshoe-shaped raised bed, so you'd have more raised bed area than pathway. (See diagram) No need for an opening in the back end, so you could make the path in the middle of the wall 3 feet wide, 6 feet in, across 3 feet parallel to the back wall, then 6 feet back to the door wall. The bed edges can be as tall as you want, but maybe only 6 inches to 1 foot, made out of cinder blocks so you can change the arrangement if you want.
Charles Dowding on YouTube has a great way of planting into compost over cardboard to stop the weeds.
Rob Lineberger wrote:This thread is great. I'm taking inspiration from it. The only comment I have at this time is, those rain barrels inside the membrane would be a great thermal mass for temperature regulation. I didn't look closely at whether that's possible in your design. But I'm trying to incorporate water into my greenhouse plan for thermal mass and moisture.
Rob Lineberger wrote:Again, riffing, not having had the time to look at your design...
I am concerned that cycling water between 3 outside barrels and one inside would not work. I don't think one warm barrel is enough to stave off the others freezing. But it would bleed off the stored heat in that one barrel, which removes its utility as a heat sink.
Having all four barrels inside would be a much better defense against freezing and also would be four times the thermal mass.
These are just off the cuff remarks cause I'm multitasking at the moment.
j flynn wrote:Hi, Great little greenhouse. I plan to use our covered hoop like shelter for a hoophouse and will use many of your ideas. I noticed a pressure sprayer on the rain barrels. How do you use this with the drip systems? I have rain barrels but can't get enough pressure for a hose to work faster than I can use a watering can. Would love to make a less labor intenstive way to water when there in no rain.
Terri Matthews wrote:Has anybody tried heating a greenhouse with incandescent Christmas lights? This gent says it is possible if the weather is not too cold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWasTEXj-sE
Winter in Kansas is cold enough so that they would not help mid-winter, but I would not mind getting more cold relief in the Fall! I like to plant hardy greens and harvest them until it gets too cold inside.
Denise Cares wrote:What a sweet little hoop house. For not having made one before, you really did a nice job. The wood supports look like they'll hold up to any snow load and the curved slope will help a lot too. An alternative to gorilla tape to protect the plastic from the pvc material is to spray paint the pipes with UV guard plastic paint. I found some at Home Depot that was under $5/large can. I stacked my pipe on top of cardboard laid on the ground and held them tight with stakes on either side of the pipe every 3 -4 ft. After spraying all exposed surfaces simply 1/4 turn the pipe to expose what was touching and re-spray. Did 2 coats. It was quick and easy. Wondering what you used for insulating the floor that you mentioned. I thought it looked like you had put wire on the bottom to keep gophers out but that wouldn't seem necessary if you have a raised bed above pallets. How much snow do you typically get during a heavy storm? So many great ideas being shared on this post!
Ellen Schwindt wrote:How does your mylar blanket seed starting shelf work? I tried something similar--but not enclosed--in my cellar last year with ho-hum results. I love the idea of the space blanket, though.
I was moving stuff in my upper woods this morning--digging an erstwhile "poop pile" actually. And I decided that spot, once I used the composted sh*t could be a great place for a small greenhouse. So your post is quite timely for me. Thanks for the inspiration.
Rebecca Norman wrote:Are you able to reach into the raised bed from all sides? It was a perfect width, about 3'6" I think you said, for doing that. But the space between the bed of the greenhouse looks pretty narrow, and the wall maybe bends in -- is it easy enough walk around it?
Check out Eliot Coleman's books about greenhouse gardening in Maine. He says that despite the short winter day lengths, if you can get winter crops to a decent size before winter sets in you can harvest fresh things all winter, mostly salad crops. I was inspired by his books and am growing salad through the winter in my greenhouse, but I'm a lot further south than you are.
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