"Excellence through responsible farming"
Nestled in Nova Scotia's breathtaking Annapolis Valley lies 165 acres of prime agriculture land and home to Hidden Meadow Farm.
Home to rare and heritage livestock, organic veggies, herbs and cut flowers.
Preserving the past,Enjoying the present,
Sustaining the Future.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
My inexpencive greenhouse
One of the farms biggest assets in spring is our nifty little greenhouse.
My greenhouse has allowed me to produce all of the transplants we need for our vegetable,herb and flower gardens.
I heat my greenhouse with a simple electric heater that will switch on if the temperature drops to 10 degrees.
I spend a large amount of time in there transplanting,seeding,watering and caring for my little gems that will feed us throughout the year.I find it to be one of my favorite places.
The only thing we replaced so far has been the plastic,we don't use greenhouse plastic it is far to expensive and our thinner plastic can be replaced many times over for the cost of greenhouse plastic, it works just as good.
I have tables running length wise up both sides and a soil mixing bin just inside the door. At the back of the greenhouse I have a small garden for early greens.
We are in need of one more greenhouse the same size,so this year we will need to build that.
The material list is small and cheap.
We built a frame 22x10 out of 2x6, inside of the frame we put rebar every 2 feet,the rebar was in the ground 15" and out of the ground 15".
When we bought the farm it came with a large amount of electrical conduit, we used this for our hoops.
We put two pieces together,they bend very well to produce the hoop shape.
We slid the conduit over the rebar,this allowed the hoops to take shape.
We attached the bottom of the hoops to the 2x6 with metal electrical bands.
About two feet off the base we ran a strip of strapping to sturdy up the hoops, another piece of strapping was used down the center of the hoops and attached with more electrical bands.
We build the end wall,added a door and put plastic on the hoops which we attached with more strapping over top of the plastic.
It was a quick project and ready to use on day two.
If you are thinking of building a greenhouse this is very inexpensive,the cost was around $350.
I cant wait to start my little seedlings!!