If you participated in any of my workshops this year, then you know that in April, Alpine Greenhouses installed one of their greenhouses on our property. I’ve been pretty excited about it as it’s going to allow me to extend the growing season into November, with minimal inputs of electricity. I’ll also be able to start growing as early as February next year.
This is the main garden bed in the greenhouse which is 5 feet by 10 feet by 14 inches high. These can be custom built to the size specification that you would like. I wanted to maximize my growing space in the greenhouse so I made the bed as big as I could. There is a stepping stone in the middle of the bed so I can access everything easily.
In permaculture, one of the twelve principles is, ‘Obtain a Yield’. In other words, we aim to design our properties in such a way that we obtain a yield of something, whether that’s fruits, veggies, medicinal plants, pollinators, fertility etc. With this new greenhouse, I’ll not only be able to obtain a yield but I’m now able to extend that yield in time and in space.
What do I mean by that? Especially in a cold climate, we are looking for ways to have more of a harvest over a longer period of time. In addition, we want to maximize the growing space that we have and take full advantage of it.
In this short video, I give you a mini tour of what I have growing in my greenhouse and how I’ve maximized the growing space. So click on the video below to check it out! If you have any questions about greenhouse growing or experiences that you have had, I'd love it if you shared it in the comments below!
Despite the dusting of snow this morning, winter is supposedly over and it's time for some fresh spring greens from the greenhouse!
In this cold climate, having strategies for extending our season to squeeze out a few extra days or weeks of growing is a great idea. Having a small greenhouse is a good way to go.
If you have a greenhouse or are thinking of getting one, then my video today is for you. I talk about where to place your greenhouse and how to maximize the space throughout the growing season. These strategies give me spring greens a month ahead of time and healthy seedlings for my garden, without the cost of heating the greenhouse. I also give you some tips on what I would do if you're thinking of building a custom greenhouse.
So click on the video below to learn more!
Do you have any advice on using a small greenhouse? Any tips you would recommend? Please share those in the comments below!
Thanks so much for watching and we'll see you soon!