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Building a Small Greenhouse

Do you dream of having your very own dedicated space for growing flowers, plants, and even your own food year-round?. If you think a greenhouse is out of reach, think again: you can construct a simple structure, at an affordable price, in a weekend’s time. All you need is space in your yard, a few basic supplies, and some elbow grease, and you’ll have a functional greenhouse in no time.

Any greenhouse has four basic requirements:
  • Warmth: a heating system (mechanical or natural)
  • Moisture: an irrigation system (manual or automated)
  • Protection: from the elements and pests
  • Control: of air circulation and temperature (with electrical systems or by manual maintenance)
Tips :
  1. The plastic film that covers your greenhouse will degrade in a few years and need to be replaced. The ideal method of disposal is recycling, but agricultural plastic recycling is not available everywhere, so consider storing it until you can dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.
  2. This type of greenhouse is not good for areas that receive high winds or heavy snows. To prevent against collapse under snow, reinforce the greenhouse midrib with EMT conduit or steel rebar.
  3. Choose wood for your foundation and door frames that is long-lasting and sustainable. Cedar, cypress, and hemlock are affordable options; redwood is also a good choice but is more expensive.
  4. To keep conditions more constant, you can cover your greenhouse with a shade cloth, or locate it near deciduous trees that provide some natural afternoon shade.
via : Swing n Cocoa

Winter sowing seeds outdoors in milk jugs

How To :
  1. Make a Greenhouse. You can make a greenhouse from any container you like, so long as light can penetrate its walls.
  2. use a pen-knife to cut around the middle, almost all the way through. The uncut half-inch or so will serve as a hinge.
  3. Next, punch out drainage holes in the bottom. A Phillips screwdriver, heated over a flame at the stove, will facilitate the hole-punching job. Punch out also a few holes along the top portion of the container. These extra holes increase air-ventilation.
  4. Select the Right Soil. It is essential to use a soil mix that drains well. Pour the soil, preferably to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, into the bottom half of your container. Then moisten the soil thoroughly and let it drain.
  5. Sow the Seeds . Sow your seeds on the soil surface, and then cover them with more soil, when necessary, to achieve the proper planting depth.
  6. Then replace the lid, and secure it with a strip of duct tape, as illustrated.
  7. Bring the Greenhouse Outdoors. Your greenhouse, once planted and labeled, is ready to brave the outdoor elements. Select a location that is safe from strong wind, but where sun, rain and snow will be freely admitted.
  8. At the first kiss of spring, but while nights are still freezing, seedlings will begin to emerge. Now is the time to check for water. Open the tops, and if the soil appears dry, moisten thoroughly but gently, so as not to disturb tender root systems. Then close the tops again.
  9. On warm, sunny days, I open the tops for hours at a time, and let the seedlings enjoy the fresh spring air. The tops, of course, are closed at dusk.
Source : Winter-Sowing 101

Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater. Perfect for heating a Greenhouse or a small garage

Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater. Perfect for heating a Greenhouse or a small garage

The basic premise of the project is to build a simple box out of some 2x4s, stack a hundred or two black-painted soda cans inside with some adhesive, and stick a vacuum hose on the end to direct heat into your house. You'll also need to drill a hole in the bottom of each can to direct the heat through the box, so a drill press or something similar would come in handy (since you will have to do it 180 times). Other than that, you shouldn't need any other fancy tools.P

It won't heat your whole house, but it will do a pretty good job keeping your garage, greenhouse, or other small area warm.

Rooting roses from cuttings in a mini greenhouse

You'll need : A plastic half-gallon jug, A 2-liter soda bottle, A sharp knife, Rooting hormone, Pruners

we will use the bottom of the milk jug as a pot, and the top of the soda bottle as a top to create a mini greenhouse for your cutting.
  • First use the knife to cut holes in the bottom of the milk jug for drainage.
  • Then fill the jug to within an inch of the rim with potting mix, water thoroughly, and let it drain.
  • Take a stem with 5 or 6 leaflets. Cut the bottom of the stem below the last leaflet, at a 45 degree angle toward the back of the bud like this. Use the knife to lightly score the bottom of the cutting on two or three sides.
  • Dip your cutting into rooting hormone, and shake off any excess.
  • Place the cutting in the hole about 2 inches deep. Firm the soil around the cutting, and water it well.
  • Slide the top of the soda bottle, with the cap on, carefully over the cutting.
  • Place your rose cutting outdoors in a cool shady place.
  • Do not expose your cutting to hot direct sun because the interior of your soda-bottle greenhouse will overheat and kill the cutting.
Your cutting may surprise you by starting to grow new leaves. This is an independent process, and is not an indication that your cutting has produced roots.

How to Build a Small Greenhouse

This is a portable greenhouse, good to start seeds or small vegetables  (basil, parsley, salad, cilantro...). it's really fast and easy to built, and super economic and ecologic, I made mine all out of scraps and in little more than an hour.

Materials :
  • Big plastic can (white is better)
  • Transparent or semi transparent plastic sheet
  • 4 screw with 4 nuts;
  • 4 little piece of plywood about an inch by an inch;
  • a piece of bike inner-tube;
  • Duck tape

Tools :

Geodesic Dome Greenhouse

When you're living at 7,750 feet above sea level, with a summer growing season of 80 days, at best, between killing freezes, how can you grow your own food? The answer, as it turns out, is pretty cool: A geodesic dome solar greenhouse.

Click Here to see what it's like to build one for yourself, and how the garden grows inside once you're done.

Build a Greenhouse With Old Windows

This is a brief guide by Michael Taeuber on how to use some old windows and turn them into a small greenhouse in you back yard.

via : instructables

Greenhouse from recycled windows

Building a100% recycled greenhouse:

We combined some old building bricks and three roof windows and cleverly assembled them. Then we add a little soil, planted the seeds of our choice and let them grow.

In this way, the beautiful greenhouses protect the seedlings from weather and keep them warm until they are planted in a flowerbed or vegetable garden.

How to plan a garden for self-sufficiency and build on them each year.

When you are new to trying your hand at growing your own food, it can be daunting to know where to begin. How do you plan a garden for food production? Is it possible to become self-sufficient in a short time? It’s understandable to want to grow everything your first year. Experienced gardeners and homesteaders know, from trial and error, that it’s best to get into self-sufficiency one task at a time.

Take these steps to learning how to plan a garden for self-sufficiency and build on them each year. Before you know it, you’ll be providing a year’s worth of food on your own land:

  • Grow High-Value Fruits and Veggies — What do you consider value? Flavor? Freshness? Or savings on expensive varieties from the supermarket? You can save money and enjoy flavors by growing varieties that can’t be found in grocery stores.
  • Get the most out of the seasons — Make use of late winter/early spring by using cold frames, tunnels, cloches and other devices to stretch the season and grow more food. You can get a head start on spring salads by at least a month. Extend your fall crops by using row covers to protect them from frost and deer. Extend both seasons to grow more cold-tolerant greens and root crops for food production.
  • Grow early-bearing fruit and berries — Grow June-bearing strawberries and early raspberries. You can put these up in your freezer before canning veggies take over the kitchen. In the fall, there are late-ripening raspberries and apples that come after the hectic food preserving frenzy of summer.
  • Utilize what grows in your climate — Some crops will be easy to grow in your area while others can be a challenge. Soil type also determines what will grow where you live. If carrots don’t grow well in your area, but beets thrive, then grow a small patch of carrots and all the beets your family can eat. This takes you in the direction of self-sufficiency.
  • Grow your beverages — Mints, sage, raspberry leaf and nettles make delicious and healthy teas. Even rhubarb stalk makes a tea that tastes like lemonade. Learn to make your own sodas, hard cider and wine from berries and fruits.Food4Wealth
  • Grow perennials — Perennials come back every year and this save you in time and maintenance. Just weed, fertilize and mulch. Asparagus, rhubarb, sorrel, Jerusalem artichokes, horseradish, bunching onions and bamboo shoots are just some of the possibilities. Find out which ones do well in your area.
  • Choose varieties that grow in your area — Talk with gardeners around you to see what varieties grow well and produce high-yields. It’s frustrating to spend all summer tending to a tomato plant and only harvest a few tomatoes at the end of the season when a different variety would have produced an abundant harvest.
  • Grow Herbs — Culinary herbs like dill, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley and mint add flavors to foods for canning and freezing. They are easy and inexpensive to grow.
  • Don’t overplant one type — Yes, you can grow too much of a good thing! It’s easy to overbuy at the greenhouse on too many tomato plants. Don’t plant 50 when 10-15 plants will supply 2 people with a year’s worth of frozen, canned and dried tomatoes. The only reason to grow more would be to sell at farmers markets.
  • Grow something new — You don’t have to grow it all your first year. As you grow in knowledge and experience, add something new each year and keep learning. If something failed to grow in spring, see if it grows better as a fall crop.

Growing enough food to preserve for a year or more is a fine goal and achievable, but there is a learning curve if you’ve never done it before. Take one step at a time and build on your knowledge each year. Before you know it, you will have a pantry and cellar full of shiny jars of food you grew and preserved yourself!

When Should You Sow Tomato Seeds?

Almost all gardeners will start their tomato seeds indoors. The soil temperature should be 70° to 90°F. Under ideal conditions it normally takes 7-14 days for germination. Seedlings can be transplanted as soon as your garden soil temperatures reach 50°F and the nighttime temps don’t drop below 45°F. An inexpensive soil thermometer is an invaluable tool to determine soil temperatures, as ambient temperature, moisture content and soil composition can greatly affect the soil temperature.

tomato_seed_starting_trayWhen starting your tomato seeds indoors, you should plan to sow your seeds about 9 weeks prior to your estimated transplant date. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a map to estimate the approximate transplant dates for your region, and if you scroll down, you’ll find a chart with the average last spring frost dates for your particular area. This chart, along with the Average Monthly Springtime Temperature for your state will give you the best guesstimate of about when you’ll be able to transplant your tomato seedlings. Of course, Mother Nature is always full of surprises. Frosts sometimes do not occur at all or can happen much later and more severely than forecast. We can do our best to estimate when it comes to sowing, transplanting and harvesting our crops, but we will not have the last word.

We’ve found our customers are quite creative and cost-conscious, many starting their tomato seeds in tiny wax-paper cups covered with plastic in order to maintain proper moisture levels. We’ve also seen them planted in wooden flats, egg cartons, repurposed yogurt or cottage cheese containers…you name it.

Most, though, will find that having a mini-countertop-greenhouse for germinating their tomato seeds yields the best results. These seed starting kits tend to take up less space; they can be stacked in a pinch (until they sprout and the plastic lids need to be removed); they look much neater; they more easily maintain adequate moisture levels; and they are reusable. After the initial investment, you simply refill them with peat pellets, like the ones Jiffy makes. They store really well: they can be nested to make a neat little package.

As always, we wish you Happy Gardening!

Greenhouse made of plastic bottles

2-Liter Soda Bottles have several great uses! If you cut the bottom off, you can use them to cover seedlings like mini greenhouses. They also protect them from frost, wind, and strong rain.

How to turn hydrangeas blue

Before you head out to your local greenhouse to pay 15 bucks to do this, put a couple of pennies in the soil with your hydrangeas to turn them blue...gradual change!

Make Your Own Greenhouse

The gentleman who built all of this is named Adam J. Fyall. Click on the link and go to his site. He has a lot of amazing tips and ideas, plus step by step instructions.

Materials :

How to grow basil

Planting Basil : Although basil grows best outdoors, it can be grown indoors in a pot and, like most herbs, will do best on an equator-facing windowsill. It should be kept away from extremely cold drafts, and grows best in strong sunlight, therefore a greenhouse or row cover is ideal if available. They can, however, be grown even in a basement, under fluorescent lights

Watering : Ensure that your basil plants receive approximately 1 1/2 inches of water per week.

Soil : Basically any fertile soil will grow Basil.

Harvesting basil is important, not only to promote the growth of new stems but to ensure that the plant does not flower too early. Once the herb starts to flower it will stop producing new leaves and the existing leaves may become slightly bitter to taste. If you are growing basil outdoors make sure to harvest all the leaves before the first frost, or transplant it indoors so that your crop is not lost.

Plant near : Most garden crops, Basil improves the flavor and growth of garden crops (especially tomato and lettuce), it repels flies and mosquitoes.

Keep away from : Rue

Diseases : Fusarium wilt will quickly kill younger basil plants. Seedlings may also be killed by Pythium damping off, gray mold can cause infections post-harvest and is capable of killing the entire plant, Black spot can also be seen on basil foliage,

Basils varieties commonly sold in the USA : African blue basil, Anise basil, Camphor basil, Cinnamon basil, Dark opal basil, Globe basil, Hoary basil, Holy Basil , Spice Basil, Lemon basil, Lettuce leaf basil, Purple basil, Queen of Siam basil, Rubin basil.

Plastic bottle mini greenhouse

2-liter Soda Bottles have several great uses! If you cut the bottom off, you can use them to cover seedlings like mini greenhouses (or cloches). They also protect them from frost, wind, and strong rain.

Toilet Paper Tube planters and Recycled Green House!

Just cut tubes in half, add soil, seeds and water, then close up the tupperware. Being that it is a greenhouse, the evaporation and condensation self waters the seeds. Be sure to keep it near the sun.

How to grow lemon trees from seeds indoors

Growing lemon trees from seeds is fun, especially for children, and although they flower as quite young plants, it takes a number of years before they fruit. In the meantime, they make attractive, highly fragrant container plants.

How To :

- Buy the right seeds. Persian or Bearss Lime, Semi Dwarf Lisbon, Meyer Lemon , Citris Mitis Calamondin-Minature, Calamondin Orange, Improved Meyer Lemon, Panama OrangeMonachello Italian Lemon Tree, Eureka Lemon, Nippon Orangequat are all great varieties for beginning indoor cultivators.
- When to Start: Spring
- Cut open a lemon, remove the seeds and dry them. Plant several seeds per pot, 1/2 inch deep in seed potting mix. Water them in and put the pots in a warm spot. Keep them well watered.
- Once the young seedlings are growing well, remove them from their pots and carefully tease their roots apart. Pot them on individually into their own small pots in soil-based potting mix, and water them in well.
- Place pots in a sunny spot outside and keep well watered. Grow in a cool room indoors, or in a greenhouse, over winter; place outside in summer and early fall until the first frosts are forecast.

Source : Grow Citrus Fruit