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Showing posts with label Greenhouse. Show all posts

Dec 23, 2014

Prepare your Garden to Produce!



How To Prep Your Garden for ProDuce

 Source:http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/prepare-garden/

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gang busters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
In case you are wondering, I live in the desert and therefore I chose to buy raised garden boxes. I used to have large gardens with a tiller and rows and rows of vegetables. I still grow enough vegetables for my family and a few neighbors. I would like to add some more raised garden boxes next year to grow even more vegetables. Let’s get started with what to do with your garden spots, etc. I love to “put my garden to bed” for the winter, so to speak. I believe if you take care of your yard you have respect for your neighbors. It is our responsibility to keep the neighborhood clean and weed free where we live. It helps with the values of our properties as well.
The first thing we need to do is remove the plants that are finished producing the vegetables we enjoyed through this last season. Add some extra soil, manure or compost to make your soil more productive next year. Till or cultivate the new products into your soil. You will notice I have coffee grinds shown below from a local coffee shop. They are FREE and you can pick them up all year round. They give the garden some extra nitrogen, but they also keep the neighbor cats out of my flower and raised garden beds. I sprinkled the coffee grinds on the top of the soil so the cats will stay out of my flower pots and garden areas.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Free Coffee Grinds

This picture below shows the clumps of the coffee grinds. They worked great for the entire summer to ward off the local cats from using them as a litter box. Yay!
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Fresh Soil Then Coffee Grinds

Here I added some fresh soil to my flower pots and sprinkled the local coffee shop coffee grinds over the soil to keep the local cats out of my flowers. Coffee grinds keep the cats from using your soil as a litter box. I wanted to use something safe because I love animals. Just not in my garden and flower beds.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Cut Back Perennials-Prune Trees-Weed

It’s always sad to cut back my perennials, but if I cut them back now they will bloom and and have beautiful flowers to enjoy next year.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Take Care Of Garden Tools

Lastly, take care of your garden tools and they will last for years. Wash and dry them all before storing them for the winter.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
Have you cleaned up your yard, pruned or weeded your yard yet? Its just starting to get really cold here….share some tips and I will add them to my list. Check out the garden areas of your local stores, this is a perfect time to pick up garden gloves half price.
Please visit Prepared-Housewives there is an article about Kohlrabi written by Mike the Gardener

Oct 29, 2013

Build a $300 Underground Greenhouse

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Kimberley Mok
Design / Green Architecture
February 22, 2013
Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframeshoop houses or greenhouses.
Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.
Here's a video tour of a walipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:


How a Walipini works and how to build one

© Benson Institute
It's a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. But how to make one?From American sustainable agriculture non-profit Benson Institute comes this enlightening manual on how a walipini works, and how to build it:
The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. Locating the growing area 6’- 8’ underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation are the most important principles in building a successful Walipini.
The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6 ‛ to 8’ deep covered by plastic sheeting. The longest area of the rectangle faces the winter sun -- to the north in the Southern Hemisphere and to the south in the Northern Hemisphere. A thick wall of rammed earth at the back of the building and a much lower wall at the front provide the needed angle for the plastic sheet roof. This roof seals the hole, provides an insulating airspace between the two layers of plastic (a sheet on the top and another on the bottom of the roof/poles) and allows the sun's rays to penetrate creating a warm, stable environment for plant growth.
This earth-sheltered greenhouse taps into the thermal mass of the earth, so that much less energy is needed to heat up the walipini's interior than an aboveground greenhouse. Of course, there are precautions to take in waterproofing, drainage and ventilating the walipini, while aligning it properly to the sun -- which the manual covers in detail.
Best of all, according to the Benson Institute, their 20-foot by 74-foot walipnifield model out in La Paz cost around $250 to $300 only, thanks to the use of free labour provided by owners and neighbours, and the use of cheaper materials like plastic ultraviolet (UV) protective sheeting and PVC piping.
Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers to produce food year-round in colder climates. More over at the Benson Instituteand the Pure Energy Systems Wiki.