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Greenhouse Thoughts

Post by Halfapint » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:53 pm

I'm planning on building a green house in the next year. I'm looking at ideas and thoughts on types of greenhouses. Currently there's one and its on the south facing wall. However its down below the house, and in a completely shaded area. Not exactly ideal for a lot of plants. I'm thinking of building a tunnel green house that's dug into the ground a little bit to extend the growing period. However, where I'm going to have it we get a lot of wind, and the area has lots of trees. So using the thick plastic sheeting may not be the best thing.

I'm not completely sold on the high tunnel idea, anyone have any other thoughts. This is for the PNW, so we have lots of cloud cover and kind of cold temps in the fall. Usually right around the time tomatoes are about to finish.
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Re: Greenhouse Thoughts

Post by flybynight » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:56 am

have you seen this one?

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Post by Stercutus » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:44 am

Whatever you do don't get the harbor freight one that will come down in a minute in moderate winds.
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Post by Halfapint » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:34 am

flybynight wrote:have you seen this one?

Video isn't playing will check it tomorrow, thanks!
Stercutus wrote:Whatever you do don't get the harbor freight one that will come down in a minute in moderate winds.
Lol! No, definitely not! I buy Horror Fright thugs only when I need something once. Not something that I want to last me years. However I did buy one of their big drills and drilled about 200 holes though 4' of railroad ties, and a 2" chop saw for converting 223 brass to 300bo that's probably run for 10+ hours total. But no, this will be something I buid myself, that I want to last for years to come.

ETA: Found the video in YouTube and watched from the app. That's awesome! Love the simplicity probably 2-3 hours of actual work and a great little green house. Though I wonder how long the plastic sheeting will last.
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Post by flybynight » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:26 am

Halfapint wrote:
flybynight wrote:have you seen this one?

Video isn't playing will check it tomorrow, thanks!
Stercutus wrote:Whatever you do don't get the harbor freight one that will come down in a minute in moderate winds.
Lol! No, definitely not! I buy Horror Fright thugs only when I need something once. Not something that I want to last me years. However I did buy one of their big drills and drilled about 200 holes though 4' of railroad ties, and a 2" chop saw for converting 223 brass to 300bo that's probably run for 10+ hours total. But no, this will be something I buid myself, that I want to last for years to come.

ETA: Found the video in YouTube and watched from the app. That's awesome! Love the simplicity probably 2-3 hours of actual work and a great little green house. Though I wonder how long the plastic sheeting will last.
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Re: Greenhouse Thoughts

Post by flybynight » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:35 am

On a smaller scale if you just want to make some low tunnels.

http://www.vegetable-gardening-with-lor ... unnel.html


This ones pretty neat for a vegetable garden
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Post by TacAir » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:21 pm

Don't know how much you want to dig and the local water table can be an issue - but perhaps a walipini greenhouse would work for you - what with the winds being a factor. Tons of Utoob vids and links for Walipini. Worth a look.

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The idea has been around for a while - everything old is new again, eh?

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Re: Greenhouse Thoughts

Post by Halfapint » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:21 pm

flybynight wrote:On a smaller scale if you just want to make some low tunnels.

http://www.vegetable-gardening-with-lor ... unnel.html


This ones pretty neat for a vegetable garden
Hoop tunnel is something I'd be looking into as well, for the main garden and crops that like to go a little long into the fall. But I'm looking more like a high tunnel, well maybe a medium tunnel?
TacAir wrote:Don't know how much you want to dig and the local water table can be an issue - but perhaps a walipini greenhouse would work for you - what with the winds being a factor. Tons of Utoob vids and links for Walipini. Worth a look.

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The idea has been around for a while - everything old is new again, eh?

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Both interesting ideas, water table wont be to much of an issue, on a hill a few hundred feet up. the well is 360' down (for some idea). I like the earthen one, that could easily be made out of concrete as earth wouldn't last long here.

Another thought would be the clear corrugated plastic, I'd be a lot more ridged and hold up longer than plastic sheeting. Does the clear plastic break down any faster than say the green ones? My father and grandfather build wood sheds with green corrugated that's still going strong 30 years after (some damage here and there but nothing major).

Thanks for all the replies, I've been looking into a lot of different ones, and I'm kind of partial to using ideas from new and old. I like the idea of digging down and getting kinda of deep into the earth, which also minimizes how tall the frame sticks up. I'd like to get some sort of jugs/barrels to make thermal mass heaters. I'd like to have it at least 6-8 foot tall because it would be fun to experiment and try and grow other things not easily grown here (avocado tree?!?).
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Re: Greenhouse Thoughts

Post by SteelWolf » Tue May 01, 2018 8:44 pm

Halfapint wrote:I'm thinking of building a tunnel green house that's dug into the ground a little bit to extend the growing period.
Go on YouTube and search for LDS Prepper. He has a series of videos on his Geothermal Greenhouse, it looks really cool! He ran a length of corrugated pipe through the earth around his tunneled green house and hooked up a solar powered air circulation system. In 30 below zero, the green house is still in the 80's inside. Pretty neat!
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