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Post  IlaMarie on 2/8/2012, 10:43 am



I live in Colorado where we get 90mpg winds, 30lb snow loads, freak hail storm that destroys glass and I have goats who jump on everything. All my neighbors have given up on trying to garden outside so I've decided to try Mel's SFG Method in a greenhouse. If I attached the code correctly the pic should be above. I'm thinking of making it big enough for our own use as well as having beds available for friends and family to crop share (I think that's the right word) Thoughts? Experience with greenhouse using SFG? I'd love to hear from you.
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Post  littlejo on 2/8/2012, 12:12 pm

You are lucky to have a greenhouse! I've never used one, but I'd think the MM would be good to use. Have you thought of rigging a way to hang some of the plants in pots or grow bags(strawberries) to make more room?

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/8/2012, 5:22 pm

@IlaMarie wrote:

I'm one of many, who would love to have a green house. In my case and due to our weather (not nearly as severe as what you've cited for your area), it would serve to get the starts/transplants out of the house and supplement the existing SFG Boxes outdoors, further extending the season. I'm curious, is your illustration to scale and the green house will be 14' x 28'? Shocked It looks really nice and be sure to take advantage of vertical growing as well. Regardless of size, sprawling plants will eat up your floor space in a hurry. Very Happy
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Post  IlaMarie on 2/8/2012, 6:11 pm

Yes, it is to scale. I realize it is large as far as greenhouses go but I am quickly finding out there are many people who want to own their box in my greenhouse and be able to choose what they grow whereas they are otherwise unable to grow a garden on their own.
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Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/8/2012, 6:30 pm

@IlaMarie wrote:Yes, it is to scale. I realize it is large as far as greenhouses go but I am quickly finding out there are many people who want to own their box in my greenhouse and be able to choose what they grow whereas they are otherwise unable to grow a garden on their own.

My interest, or concern in asking was/is due to the inclement weather you mentioned in your area. Was thinking about the load (snow) bearing ability over that large of roof and the construction involved. Hope to see pictures as it's built, or of the finished project. Very Happy
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Post  IlaMarie on 2/8/2012, 6:47 pm

You make a good point. I have a friend who is a building inspector for this area. He should know how to structure the roof. I'll ask for his advice. Thank you for bringing it to my attention
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Post  IlaMarie on 2/8/2012, 7:02 pm

Hi Littlejo,

I haven't figured out yet how to reply to a specific post so I hope this works. I haven't built the greenhouse yet, still researching all the ins and outs. I am definately implimenting as much vertical gardening as I can. I plan on using hanging baskets/bags as needed. Right now I plan on putting the beds on benches with cabinets underneath for storage/rabbit cages. I've read that having a few small animals in your greenhouse adds warmth in winter and carbon dioxide for the plants. I'm also planning on building the North wall completely out of cinder block and the other 3 walls to be 3' tall cinder block. The remaining area will be actual greenhouse material, though I haven't decided what material to use yet. I saw this design at a potato farm in center, CO and it was amazing. The other advantage of setting things up like this is that you can grow mushrooms under the beds and in the cool dark areas that are protected by the 3' high cinder block wall. It's also more durable for the climate and our livestock. At least that's the plan.
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Post  littlejo on 2/8/2012, 7:49 pm

In order to "reply" with a quote, to the specific person, just hit the 'quote' button at the top of the message.



I've heard that Rabbit poo is real good, and does not have to be composted before using.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/8/2012, 7:50 pm

Hi IlaMarie, I am way north of you up in the Ft Collins/Loveland area and yes we have the same crazy weather all along the front range. I do see many green houses and even hoop type houses set up. I would say with the proper construction, issues should be limited, but ya never know with Mother Nature! Specially around here! Razz
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And I know we have pm'd back and forth a couple of times, but I would like to extend a public welcome to you!! We are all here to help however we can Very Happy

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Post  IlaMarie on 2/8/2012, 8:07 pm

@littlejo wrote:In order to "reply" with a quote, to the specific person, just hit the 'quote' button at the top of the message.



I've heard that Rabbit poo is real good, and does not have to be composted before using.

Excellent info! Another reason for the little furry critters. Thank you Laughing
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