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    For over a decade I have been trying to grow a decent garden on this place but the chips were all stacked against me. No matter how much I improved the soil, or changed the crop, wind and weather and latitude held the better hand. Even my wife's famous green thumb had turned blue with cold!
    Finially, with high fuel prices affecting veggie prices, I'd had enough.
    I decided to build a greenhouse and started last 'spring'. Perhaps it was just a fluke of the weather or maybe Mother Nature was violating me one last time, but it took 7 months to complete the greenhouse on account of hostile weather conditions! I finished the project in late Sept. The tax assesore (ass-is-sore) arrived in early October. But the green house is wind free and easily 10-20 degrees warmer than the outside temps, even in sept-oct! This project did not cost 9 billion dollars, because I used scrap, scavanged and reclaimed materials the cost was under $500.00. labor was all mine, so that was free. I have yet to build the tables to stagger the plants verticaly but I have all that material at hand.
    I currently have 2 potted plants inside that are doing fine, I hope to have all my veggies in tubs next spring plus some dwarf fruit trees? I'm happy to answer all questions!
    Enjoy my pics!
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    Very nice. Are there transparent roof sheets as well? Hard to tell from the pictures. I have used the green roof sheets interspersed with metal to maintain rigidity when building barns to provide some free light. Hail is more of a problem down here but the weight of snow may be one reason you have a solid sheet roof.

    Did you ever try raised beds? I have had some luck with that approach in rocky/sandy Texas soil.

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    • #3
      Due to my northern location I have alot of snow. The roof has vertical support every 6 feet. The rafters are every 2 feet with 1/2 ply or OSB panels and metal roofing is on top of that. the eves overhang by 2 feet to keep snow from piling up against the clear panels and breaking them. The eves cut down on the sun entering the space but there is now way around that. I have tried EVERYTHING to get an outside garden to work here, raised beds, lowered beds, mounds, shamans, nothing worked!
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      • #4
        Man how cool, what a great idea and i like the low cost way that u did it! I can't wait to see your results. Thanks for sharing, great pics btw keep em coming on varius topics
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        • #5
          Kenno,

          Those are some great pics of a much-needed project for a homesteader. I hope it works out well.

          Best yet, you can have a crop ready in as little as a couple of weeks with the right crops.

          I know of a guy who has little wooden hotbeds near his home. He plants seeds of lettuce, cabbage, spinach, and radishes, then harvests them as fast as the leaves of the sets came up, then replants. He keeps hotbeds planted and growing at all times and has fresh raw or cooked greens with every meal, whether Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.

          Naturally, you could keep the process going by having a few full-grown plants that go to seed. You could also do this with fresh herbs, edible mushrooms, or even Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia (which has more Omega-3 by weight than tuna fish.)
          "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.

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          • #6
            Chia Seeds are great for survival, no preparing & they increase endurance as well as strength, I have 200 lbs for when the FHTF. They are getting hard to buy in bulk these days. Check out
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            • #7
              quickchange u wouldnt by any chance have anything to do with that company would u?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by QuickChange View Post
                Chia Seeds are great for survival, no preparing & they increase endurance as well as strength, I have 200 lbs for when the FHTF. They are getting hard to buy in bulk these days. Check out

                Make sure if you eat this stuff, you have lots, and I do mean LOTS of TP on hand. You will get a case of the galloping Hershey Dog squirts quicker then Janet "The Torch" Reno can say FIRE.

                A buddy of mine got into some MLM scam with this stuff, and gave me a bunch. I put some in my homemade bread. It hit everyone in the house in less then 30 minutes. Worse then Flax Seed. And, yes, as the website claims, you will lose weight. It has a 3 part weight loss effect.
                1. Anything you eat for 24 hours after the fact runs through you like money through a congressional fiscal commitee
                2. Anything you ate in the previous 24 hours comes out of you (and I suspect part of your stomach lining too)
                3. You get copious amounts of excersize doing the 50 yard sprint to the toilet (or if you are Big_Saw to the outhouse) kidding.


                They should name this stuff "Colon Blow"
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                • #9
                  Chia Seeds

                  In over ten years, i have never got the shits from chia seeds. in factif you do not drink enough water, the seeds will soak up ur digestive acids & make u constipated, not the runs. Maybe u got some bad ones, the best is from mexico or bolivia. Yes, I own TLC.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by QuickChange View Post
                    In over ten years, i have never got the shits from chia seeds. in factif you do not drink enough water, the seeds will soak up ur digestive acids & make u constipated, not the runs. Maybe u got some bad ones, the best is from mexico or bolivia. Yes, I own TLC.

                    Must have been something else in the bread.

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