Building A Greenhouse – Plans
If you plan on a ground garden for growing your own food it would be smart to include a greenhouse for smaller items so you can grow, eat and can them all year long. For instance create a row of boxes for potatoes and a row of boxes for sweet potatoes. Determine the growth term of each, then calculate how many potatoes and sweet potatoes you need during each growth term. Plant one box with that many potatoes/sweet potatoes. Half way through the growth of the first boxes start the second boxes. The result is 50% extra potatoes and sweet potatoes for each period for canning, trading or selling to your friends.
If you are going to build a greenhouse to produce your own food, be sure to get away from the poisonous pesticides and fertilizers most producers use. Most of these are not required in a greenhouse environment which means better food right off the bat. Use of organic seeds and practices for the safest and nutritionally filled food possible will make your family healthier.
It is a good idea to look at Do It Yourself Greenhouse Plans written by Bill Keene for reference when you are ready to build. They will include tried and true building methods for ease of building, yet they will include the best ideas for materials, size of the building and more than likely building placement ideas. This package also has several different designs to best fit your needs. The bonuses that come along with this are worth the cost alone.
Normally what people consider a “Standard Greenhouse” is a rectangular building with an a-frame roof. I has a floor that will allow water to drain through it like deck boards. The walls and ceiling are covered with a selection of glass, heavy plastic, or polymer (common choices). Sections will have vented windows to allow cooling if the temperature rises too high. Some have fans for cooling the space on very hot days.
However, many shapes and sizes can be used other than rectangles. They can be a “lean to” against the south side of the building for instance. How about a decorative octagon shape like a gazebo in the middle of the yard for many types of flowers. It sounds good to me. So be creative with your gardens and greenhouse.
Dome Style Greenhouse
It has been proven that a Greenhouse Dome is much more efficient that the typical greenhouse. The more I think about it, I realize that if I am going to take the time and effort to build a greenhouse that I should build the most productive greenhouse. Then I realized I had no clue on how to proceed. I mean a standard greenhouse is a rectangle with a roof. The dome seemed to be complicated but when I researched, sure enough I found plans with approximate costs called Eden Biodome Revolution. I think a nice 40 foot dome should be a large enough space for my garden and for raising fruit trees from saplings. I am excited about this little project.
Update: Eden Biodome Revolution 2.0 will soon be launched. It will include a step by step ebook as well as online videos as they build one. I’ll have links here as soon as they go live.
I’ll be adding photos when I get out to my retirement home to build my dome. I’ll tell you up front how things progress and take photos all along the way to the first planting and harvesting.
I am looking forward to having fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. I plan to do some canning, which I haven’t done since I was very young. Having a stockpile of good organic home grown foods to eat is high on my priority list.
You can add a perpetual food source in your greenhouse or right in your home by adding an aquaponics system.
Aquaponics is a new way of approaching farming. Unlike traditional agriculture where you needed plants to grow vegetables, with aquaponics you need water and fish in order to have healthy food on your table each and every day.
Basically, aquaponics relies on the interdependence between fish and plants: the fish produces bio-nutrients for the plants, while the plants clean the water, creating a perfect environment for the fish to grow and develop. It is a blend of aquaculture and hydroponics that has plenty of advantages. If you need some reasons to get your own aquaponic system started, then here are some of the advantages you will get once you assemble it.
First of all you will have fresh organic food on your table each and every day, regardless of the hour when you decide to cook your meals. You simply take your tomato, cucumber of your basil from the aquaponic “field” and use it for your meals. It is as easy as it sounds.
The second best thing about it is that you not only grow vegetables, but you also have plenty of fish. Whether you want them for cooking tasty meals or simply for your décor, they are a great addition in your home! They also have a practical purpose, as you will never have to use chemical fertilizers on your plants, thus obtaining real organic food.
How difficult is this system to put in practice? The answer is that it looks extremely simple. Not only will you be able to assemble it all by yourself, without the help of your family or neighbors, but you can also put it wherever you want. If you move from one house to another, then you simply disassemble the system and take it with you! What can be easier than that?
I love the idea and advantage of the hydroponic farming is that it offers you financial independence and control over your money. You know exactly how much you need to spend on your food and you will no longer depend on the market for your vegetable supplies. As in any garden I will know what I grow, how I grow it and how good the food is for me. I think the food in the stores these days is just not good as it used to be when I was growing up. I see a lot of canning in my future.
For me as I get older I like the advantage of no dirty hands and clothes, no bending and digging ( don’t do these well anymore), no land and little maintenance time, so it will be like your vegetables and fish grow all by themselves! Quite an easy to put in practice system, suitable for all types of people, even for busy and impatient ones! I plan on building my Aquaponics system within my Biodome so I use even less water. However I am considering a second smaller in my house for herbs and another type of fish.
There are plenty advantages that the aquaponic system can offer you! Your health and your comfort will be improved, while your savings will considerably grow with the constant use of the aquaponic type of farming! If this is what you want, then why not give it a try?