laurie branson

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since Aug 08, 2012
SW Washington. zone 8a
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I’m further out than Olympia so don’t know of any nurseries there, but I recall Burnt Ridge will bring your order to the Olympia Farmers Market - if that helps.
1 year ago
mainly for starts and overwintering potted citrus, etc..., but I would like a few permanent beds in there to keep a few things like greens and herbs going over the winter. We will have season extension high tunnels and row covers elsewhere on the property. This greenhouse would be my main workshop so having a dry place to work is just as important. My laying flock will have access to it in the winter as well - their coop will share part of a wall and we will be venting between the two.
We've got plans for microhydro on the property - so may run lights in the winter using the microhydro power, and we're also considering a rocket stove.  This is my "dream" greenhouse...
1 year ago
once in a blue moon we get a little hail - but nothing like you get in Kansas! Not enough to design around. And no trees close enough to hit the greenhouse.
1 year ago

Thanks so much for sharing this info. I've also been checking out the work you've been doing on your farm - it's quite impressive!
1 year ago
Hi Lindsey - thanks for being here to answer our questions!
We have been planning on building an attached 50' x 16' (or 18') greenhouse on the Southside of our barn- we are located in southwest Washington state (super wet for 9 months and super dry in summer). In your opinion - which is the lesser of evils: polycarb panels or plastic film? Glass is just so expensive we had pretty much ruled it out - but would be interested in your thoughts on the cost benefit if you think it is the better way to go.
We have a collection of recycled sliding glass doors and windows we were originally thinking of using, but piecing it all together got a little cumbersome. Do you have any thoughts on this/does your book cover this?
Thanks!
1 year ago
Welcome Lindsey! Looking forward to reading your book as we are getting ready to set up a greenhouse. Thanks for being here.
1 year ago
Great having you here - looking forward to listening to the podcast!
2 years ago
Destructive is what I thought too but since I didn't know for sure I didn't want to offend her. I wonder if she was thinking she could cover more area by blending it. I like the idea of hanging the bags with a wind chime.
Thanks!
2 years ago
Hi again David - I have a friend who regularly hunts for chanterelles (we are in the PNW) and she said she is going to throw a bunch in the blender with some water and sprinkle that in an area on my farm under Douglas firs. I'm curious to know you think of that method?
2 years ago
Thanks David! They were black morels. Guess I'll have to adjust my original plans for those raised beds - I don't want to "crowd the mushrooms" (is it just me or is anyone else hearing Julia Child in their head?)
2 years ago