Well the greenhouse made it through the winter with just a few scratches.Later that day after the snow had melted some.I have survived the winter with an intact greenhouse, On the right end,of the GH, I had partially replaced the plastic with Suntuf panels. The other end is going to be rebuilt and I am planning on another 8 foot section to the greenhouse. I am going to overlap the Suntuf panels so there should be little or no leakage when it rains. The right end will be permanently closed as ...
I wrote this blog post earlier this spring before I joined Garden Tenders. It is my construction process of how I built the raised bed and traced them into the hillside. My wife also had a good time making fun of me and my rototilling technique. You can read the whole story on my blog Building Terraced Garden Boxes
It was a month ago today that I began this latest attempt to bring some food to the table by ‘growing our own’...Results so far have been Good and Steady Growth… The Weather has been fairly warm during the days (a number of days in the 80’s, but mostly in the 70’s), while the Nights have been fairly cool (upper 40’s to the lower 60’s)Here was the Garden when it was first planted, and as it appeared first thing this morning… The Beans are doi...
So the first week (and a little) has passed… You may laugh to hear of it, but much of it was spent making excuses to go out and take a peek at seed progress (or lack thereof)...The radishes poked through quickly of course and are doing well… indeed, they need thinning! There followed several anxious days, wondering when we would see some more sprouting…Debbie aptly described it as feeling like an expectant Parent, as we paced the Garden, looking for signs of lifeR...
I had been chugging along through the winter, not much was happening with the Inside Garden. The pepper plants were pale and leggy, not doing much for bearing fruit. I thought I was doing everything right or was I? Then one day I saw two of the T5 HO Fluorescent bulbs were burned out, so they needed replacing. So in my search to find some new bulbs, I came across this urban grow shop, that sold everything for growing marijuana and then some. I ask for some new bulbs and the guy says...
It has been a l-o-o-ong time since I’ve had a Vegetable Garden, last one was some time in the 1980’s! Truth is, I haven’t had a plot of ground to try my luck in… Still don’t…But our Landlord offered a small space to us in the backyard… It has Good Soil, and will get plenty of Sunshine so, why not?!With his encouragement, I tilled the ground last week, using an antique/hand-operated tiller… Yesterday, Debbie and I went to the local Hardware (in t...
Oh-Oh, So far we have had a brutal winter, my northern friends have had it a bit tougher. I was going to wait till spring to mention this, but it’s January, I know the sun is starting to get higher in the sky, well at least in my heart it is. But, I should not spare you the events that have happened. So, I am going to spill the beans. We had this ice storm, I had thought we had survived it ok, but when I went out to look, I found the vinyl covering had been torn in several places...
The old grow rack supports 2 – 24” 4-bulb fixtures. Flat leaf parsley plants. The new grow rack supports 2 – 24” 8-bulb fixtures, only one fixture has been installed. Well, my new plant light fixture finally got here, 24” 8 bulb fixture. Able to handle two 10” x 20” trays. My old fixtures could handle a single 10” x 20” tray, so I have doubled my plant area. I went from 4 sq. ft. to 8 sq. ft., dimensions rounded for sake of simplicit...
Now that I had a grow rack that I could grow some plants in, I needed to start growing stuff. It was the middle of summer, so I could do stuff outdoors, but I decided I needed to find out how good was my grow rack going to work and could I actually grow veggies through the winter with my setup. I had read about how the lights were not strong enough for plants to flower and grow fruit. Most of this information was coming from medical marijuana growers, who were growing for their own use or for...
I have delayed putting the final touches on the blog, as I wanted to make sure the GH was finished before I finished the write up. The doors, both ends of the GH are identical. This will lend itself to my plans for next years garden and ease of access for watering the plants in the greenhouse. I started looking at the cost of lumber for the doors and ended up deciding that cost was too great, so I ripped a 2×4 into 3/4 inch pieces, the pieces were 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 8R...
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