Ok, admittedly I don't know much about many subjects under the permaculture umbrella, but I'm retired and have lots of time (and interest) to learn.
This last summer I planted a raised bed with a drip line lying on the ground next to my house (southern exposure) at my place in the woods about an hour east of Austin, TX.
I was very happy and enthusiastic about the results from: watermelon, green bell and banana peppers, string beans, cucumbers, basil, sage and corn.
I'm ready to kick it up a bit. I plan to put a hoop greenhouse up next week with the ribs made of 1/2" sched 40 pvc and cover it with 6 mil clear painter's drop cloth.
In the summer garden, I used cinder blocks, one course high and filled with organic garden soil, about 10 feet long, 3 feet wide.
I plan to do the same in the greenhouse and plant a fall garden. It will be close enough to power that I can put in a heat lamp or two at night to protect from damaging low temps this winter.
I would love to do the aquaponics route, but am unsure about venturing there on my own with so little time before planting and just one layer of plastic covering the pvc.
Would love to do solar power to power the heaters but am sure the expense of doing solar to run space heaters would be high. Thinking of putting items painted black in the greenhouse.
The new cinder blocks, a friend suggested 1 gallon water jugs painted black, filled with water and lined up inside...
Advice? More reading?
Barry (Much, the Miller's Son) Watson
I would definitely invest in UV stabilized greenhouse film for this project. It is quite a bit more expensive, but you will save yourself lots of frustration and be much more likely to have success. I've known several people who just gave up on greenhouse idea just because they couldn't keep the glazing in place. Do yourself a favor and get the greenhouse film. If you just want to try it out only get enough to do a single section of your hoop, there are many internet sources that will custom cut lengths for you.