the dream from the beginning has been to attach a half hoop greenhouse to the south edge of the house. Â andrew faust and joel salatin both speak about the benefits of this arrangement. Â in short it uses the thermal mass and heating systems – we just added a wood stove – of the house to heat the greenhouse and it should also help to heat the house on sunny days. Â also, the idea of walking out your front door into a greenhouse seems perfect. Â we plan t use a box in the windows opening to the greenhouse to regulate temperature.
Ben and Mimi, our new farmers, were into making this happen this year. Â The day after this decision was made bo paid a visit with his back hoe. Â Here you can see him helping us level the area in front of the house and excavate the trench for the “deadman” that will help anchor the railroad tie wall. Â Bo and Youtube quickly educated us in building a railroad tie retaining wall. Â This video really laid it out most clearly for us.
Ties arrived the following day from HG PAGE and Bo brought us a couple of tons of gravel in his truck. Â Jay, Keith and Karen all contributed extra drainage tubing.
Anthony, Corey, Ben, and I made fast work of the job over a day and a half.