Mike Haasl wrote:.
I also picked up ginger and turmeric from our organic food store and have them tucked around in the beds. We've saved all our pineapple tops and have many of them started as well. I also realized that the piper nigrum seeds look remarkably like peppercorns. Since none of the purchased ones came up, I planted about 50 peppercorns in the beds. Hopefully at least one will grow. Lastly, I found a vanilla orchid at the local greenhouse/florist and brought that home.
Mike Haasl wrote:Good point, it's time for an update!
I've given up the idea of compost heat (within the greenhouse). The way I did it did not lead to any appreciable heat but it did give off gasses that made me wonder if they were healthy.
I put in the Active Heat battery system (per the above update) but neglected to protect it well enough for a cold night (12 degrees lower than forecast) and the radiator split open. I soldered it up a week ago and it's now ready for action. But then I found that it would take a tremendous amount of antifreeze to keep the system from freezing at 20F.
So my current plan is to move the heat battery into the area where the compost pile was. That area is also closed off as a mini greenhouse for the tropical plants. With a tiny electric heater. So the barrels of water will stay above freezing in there. I finally figured out if I reroute the heat collection piping I can keep all the liquid within the mini greenhouse and avoid any antifreeze. But it will take more work to implement so that might not happen before the coldest part of winter is past.
This week is going to be pretty cold (-20F at night and 0F for daily highs) so I'll see how cold the greenhouse gets at night without the moveable insulation. My guess is around 20F.
I'm planning to plant trees in the ground in the greenhouse this summer. Figs, peach, pawpaw, almonds, etc. And also use the greenhouse to extend my growing season. I struggle mightily with aphids on peppers so I haven't done well with them the last two years.
I could elaborate, what are you interested in Patrick?