Tina Miner

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Greenhouses aren't that expensive here we just picked one up that is60'x20'x20' tall for a pretty reasonable less than 3k.  However I have used clear garbage bags over plant pots, I have a back plastic shelf I have used wil clear poly from the hardware store over it and starting trays on it.  I have put old windows over plots of ground.  There is no end to the possibilities if you can see something for free around you can build off of it.
7 months ago
We also built a small greenhouse off the back of our house.   It worked great for peppers and starts.
7 months ago
My husband an I turned a shed we had previously built into a 200 sqft greenhouse.  We used some of the windows from our 1920 craftsman house as the show piece front.  Then put clear poly panels up.  I think it cost maybe 1000 US dollars for the conversion.  Probably less, but we did enlarge the building 80' so there was lumber cost.  We used 10' wood so there is plenty of height.   We put I bolts on th roofing lumber and created a nice wire trellis in the insid for beans and tomatoes.  However we found our first year it got a little hot and fans didn't get enough heat out.  So we took the clear panels off the north side and put up wire to prevent critters.  I liked having the wire because the bees could get in and pollinate things better (this had been an issue previously).  We have used multiple different poly panels and I have opinions on them all.  I think I prefer the corrugated poly panels if you don't have to cut them.  The clear panels that are have "ventilation" ends that need to be taped with expensive special order tape are easy to cut.  However even when you follow the instructions and buy their special order breathable tape for the ends these panels get steamed up inside the panel.  Not a good look.  They are easier to work with, but more expensive.  The look you get when you first finish your project is great!  But quickly isn't as nice.  I would choose the cheaper corrugated panels (unless you have to cut).
Picture is of my greenhouse and the house the windows came out of.
7 months ago
PNW weather is very wet.  However it is a great place to grow plants.  I have citrus trees growing, however I do have to put them in the greenhouse in winter.  I grow olive trees outdoors.  Goji berry grows great!  And they take root incredibly quick and easy.  Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, huckleberry, wild rose, apples, peaches, pears, plums, hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts.  You can grow most things here.  Although you may have to plan it out if you want to enjoy tropical plants year round it is possible.  We enjoy having some citrus inside in the winter.   It can brighten a dreary rainy gray day to walk into a room filled with bright lights and orange blossoms just starting to open.  Coming from Az you might enjoy it too.  I have heard depression can be a real problem for people when they move here.  I love the rain, I like being in it.  It feels like home.  Get a good waterproof coat, pants and boots. (Or two)😋 
Good luck!  It is wonderful here.
11 months ago
I care about the land.  I believe we are supposed to be a steward to the land.  I think it is time for us the people affected by these actions in our backyards to stand up together.  You can't believe in any government agency to work for what you believe is right.  It takes people actively acting together. 
Just look at the fact that all of the presidents have connected bloodlines...  it's not about voting, it's about people making the choice to act.
11 months ago
I love beautiful big trees, and funny little insects!  Look at th yellow cross on this spiders back.  Super neat!
11 months ago
The trekking pole is just to show the amount of trash that is in a small area.  It is everywhere.  My husband and I have looked at each other and asked "why did we buy this..." 

The truth is that it is beautiful.  Huge trees of old and a beautiful valley  We have wild rosehip, blackberry, strawberry, and white huckleberry just to name a few.
11 months ago
It is disturbing that people are okay with using their own land like a landfill.  It makes me sick that people can look at this beautiful place and trash it with no regard for their actions.  If you have a passion to help the land, then please let me know.  I could use all the help I can get.
11 months ago
This is exactly what I want to do with my land.  Down to the walnuts and hazels.  I am in SW WA by Rochester.  It is exciting to learn about everyone's experiences.
11 months ago
I don't want it on my land either!  I stand with you!
11 months ago