Kani Seifert

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since May 16, 2013
USDA Zone 3-4/Sunset Zone 1a/in South Central WY
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Rik - first of all, you live in the Bay Area, so a greenhouse is not really necessary (I grew up in SJ). You get a bit of chill wind off the bay, and if you are trying for more tropical plants, a greenhouse might be helpful. In the Bay Area, you can grow almost everything, especially those fruit trees that I can't grow--Elberta peaches and Santa Rosa plums. Also, unless you are in the country, you can grow many plants that get chomped by the deer here. It so rarely freezes, that a "walapini" isn't needed. I can see an unheated greenhouse might be helpful during the few frosty nights. However, the biggest problem we've had is keeping it cool enough--even in winter. So if you are making a greenhouse, make sure you have great ventilation with cross-breezes.

To find more on this type of greenhouse, look at the video I've posted above of Russ Finch in Alliance, NE. There are also many YouTube videos of walapinis and "underground" greenhouses. There is a guy on YOuTube who used to live in the northern East Bay and he had a giant garden--I think his site is called "Growing Your Greens"

Best wishes,
Kani
1 month ago
Centennial is an interesting community, but it is high elevation and the growing season is even shorter than where I am. There is more precip. there, though (read, lots of snow). I don't know much about Tie Siding, other than there are very, very few people. It isn't really a town at all. If you are wanting a town close to the mountains, then, I'd recommend Encampment or Riverside. I lived there when I first moved to Wyoming and loved it. It depends on what type of land you want. I'm on the high desert plains. Dry and windy, but the land is inexpensive and it is not crowded. The closer you get to the mountains, the more expensive the land is. -Kani
2 months ago
Have you been to the area? The Wild Horse subdivision has major covenants, so check it out before buying. Plus, for the same type of land, they are expensive. Most everywhere out in the country, you'd have to get a well. I'd look carefully before buying out in the flat prairie. The winds are constant and strong everywhere, but if you can find some varied terrain, then the wind can be mitigated a bit. I think there is one earthship in the area, but I haven't seen it. If you have any questions, let me know. - Kani
2 months ago
Howdy!  There are quite a few lots available from private owners. Also, there will be a sale coming up (not sure on the dates) from the city where they will be selling lots they've acquired. You can give them a call to find out when the sale will happen. You can go to the Carbon County website to fin the GIS tax map with the owner information. This wouldn't be a planned community, but it would be great if like-minded folks decided to settle here. There is a lot of potential in this small town, and newcomers who want to live here are welcomed heartily. We are finding that if you can keep the plants watered, protected from the deer, and sheltered from the wind, that plants grow really well.

If you want to see what we're doing, you can search WyOasis in the forums.

-Kani
3 months ago
I thought I'd give an update. The last pictures were from May 23rd. These are all from June 20th (so they're already out of date). The only issue we're having with the greenhouse is cooling it. We are about to install some heat operated louvers on the back wall. I'll post more when we get them in.
4 months ago
The tubes are putting cool air into the greenhouse, but just not enough. We installed a recycled swamp cooler in the east wall, and it cools the vestibule. We open the west windows and have a fan blowing air from the vestibule into the greenhouse. We are keeping the greenhouse at about 90F during the day. We are probably going to install some heat activated louvered vents in the north wall, just to keep ahead of the heat. Even if the day is cool, the solar load coming into the greenhouse is intense.

However, the plants are loving it. Everything is growing like crazy. We planted 7 citrus and 4 avocados. We are also trying out a Santa Rosa plum (my childhood favorite--Bay Area girl) and an Elberta peach in the vestibule area. I hope we can keep it cold enough in the winter to get the required amount of chill.

The ladybugs have helped with the aphids, but some have flown away home out the windows, so I need to get more.
5 months ago
We've started planting and green things are coming up. The peas didn't do well, nor did the spinach--it's just too hot inside. Everything else is starting to thrive. The artichokes and cardoons are amazing. I'm using the huge cardoon leaves as a mulch for the pathway. I've placed poles/pipes where I want to plant trees. It is still too cold (it was 17F this morning) to have the citrus shipped, so we'll have to imagine it. We are getting all kinds of mushrooms. No idea what they are, and we AREN'T eating any of them. Babar, the elephant's lesson lasted. Lyle strung heavy twine in Vs from the peak beam to the posts for the indeterminate tomatos to climb. I've planted determinate tomatoes on the "floor" of the greenhouse. A variety of peppers are coming along, but need further root development before I plant them. We have 3 large bucket/containers with carrots, potatoes, and beets planted. It is really nice to look down the greenhouse and see plants. I appear to have a variety of aphids and other bugs which I douse with garlic/cayenne spray daily. I need ladybugs.
7 months ago
We had a great article about what we are doing in our local paper. Here is the link:

https://www.saratogasun.com/story/2020/03/25/special-sections/a-wyoasis-in-medicine-bow/9140.html?fbclid=IwAR3mgwOemcFIZbpPJZ2b_jK0RdPv35T3eu7gl2kgStCZGfGGepxSFGW5Wos

Give it a gander. Also, it is posted on the WyOasis Facebook page if the link doesn't work.

7 months ago
We are pretty much finished with the greenhouse (with some work still needed in the vestibule area). The heat has been intense, even during the cold winter, so we needed some form of shade. We inserted eye bolts in the ribs near the peak and ran cable through it and also down about 7' from the peak. In between each rib (we threaded cafe curtain clips and attached flat sheets. Shade cloth is expensive--really expensive, so we raided the local Goodwill and bought out the sheets. This is working quite well. Yesterday, it was around 40F outside and the greenhouse stayed around 80-85F all day. It was so much more comfortable than it's been. It will be interesting to see what happens in the height of summer.

Also, the peak tube blower is working to blow the hot air down under the center of the greenhouse. The air coming out is cool. Later we'll vent to the outside if we need to. We have thermometers in the ground on the south planting bed, the north ground (at the bottom of the retaining wall) and the north planting bed. This morning, the ground on the north in both places was around 58F and the south side, next to the lexan, was 52F. The air in the greenhouse this morning was 55F (snowing...again).

Some seeds have started to sprout, though they have taken a long time to do so. I'll post more pictures of plants when they grow a bit more.

7 months ago
I saw a YouTube video from Simply Living Alaska where they used earthbags to build their root cellar. Might be worth a watch to see if you can apply any of their techniques to your greenhouse.
8 months ago