growth

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Pre Solstice progress

things are really speeding up…
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green house ready for seeds

drum tight plastic and all the cracks stuffed with weather stripping.  Game on. Anthony, Kristen, Amber, Ben, Mimi, and I had a busy day on saturday pulling all the last details together and then stretching the plastic.  we made it up as we went, but we are feeling good about it. This chimney out of...
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Flashing the greenhouse

this went more smoothly than we thought.  we used clamps and 2x4s to bend the flashing into shape.  i had been warned several times to work in 8′ lengths and this was good advice. we bent the edge exposed to the plastic back on itself to help prevent tears.  we found using another piece of...
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lean to greenhouse progress

anthony after a hard day of work in the cold.  the side walls are mostly in place.  We have some details on the path, the door frame, and the electrical box.   then we will need to flash both sides of the header.  we are still not sure of the best solution below the header....
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greenhouse – moving along

The boys making it happen.  you can see the western most hoop in the background.  since we are modifying a greenhouse kit we had to make up the exact placement of the arches as we went along.  we lost 10″ by not having the ridge connector.   we spent the day pounding 2.5′ posts into...
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ground prep and railroad tie retaining wall for the new greenhouse

the dream from the beginning has been to attach a half hoop greenhouse to the south edge of the house.  andrew faust and joel salatin both speak about the benefits of this arrangement.  in short it uses the thermal mass and heating systems – we just added a wood stove – of the house to...
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spring morning

the sun is getting very high in the sky.  just a few weeks after the equinox and the sunrise has really shifted position. during the day.  during the day the sun is not creeping into the windows of our living room green house nearly as far.  you can see the sprouts really straining to reach...
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TECHNOLOGY – webcam, weather station, computers, remote desktop… ugh

We want to be able to keep an eye on things while we are not here – check temp in greenhouse, see if it is getting dry,  etc.  in general we thought logging the weather conditions up here might give us a bit more insight into what is happening with our crops. i chose this...
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