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Post  countrynaturals on 11/18/2016, 9:38 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:Is the picture showing on my post above?  It's not showing for me anymore and I'm puzzled.
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The photo is showing for me. However, I've noticed some delays with images being shown on other threads this evening. It may have something to do with the image hosting website that the forum uses.
For me it took forever to load. When I posted at the bottom with Sanderson, no pics were showing. By the time I read everything, the pics were there. Embarassed
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/18/2016, 9:42 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:a.j.r ... Well that is just fantastic! 



How I would love to have a greenhouse.
Mine is tiny, and lots of work, but it's wonderful to have when the weather is bad. Very Happy
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/18/2016, 9:44 pm

Audrey, your greenhouse is perfect!  cheers
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Post  sanderson on 11/19/2016, 12:35 pm

SR, CA does get below 32*F in the winter, depending on where one lives. Razz Audrey is in the foothills so she does get some hard freezes, more than I do in the valley flatland. If I want to over-winter tomato or pepper, I need to use the mini-greenhouse, also, just not as many days (nights) as Audrey. This year I'm not overwintering anything so the greenhouse is packed away.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/19/2016, 9:16 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Jowowow!  That is amazing!  With your moderate climate, I am not sure why you Californians need greenhouses? Is it the extreme heat?  And why would a greenhouse help with that, they are warmer, all least here. Just don't know.

Me too, TD.  I would ove a greenhouse/big cold frame.....jumpstart and the end....my Black Seeded Simpson got bit.....pulled everything,  just a few mache out there...
I live in the mountains at 1500 ft elevation and we have winter night temps down into the lower 20s.  The greenhouse allows me to grow tomatoes all year around (we have fruit 10 months out of the year).  I'm also able to keep bell peppers, hot chili peppers and my herbs growing, all of which are frost sensitive.  

We are able to grow a lot of things all winter long without protection, virtually all winter veggies will grow without protection.

I have one more day's worth of work to finish the greenhouse.  We have the zipper to install, we were going to do that today but it rained off and on and the moisture wouldn't be good for the self-sticking glue.  I cleaned out a lot of the stuff that had piled up in there and made the new beds out of large wooden beam scraps we have.  When we put the greenhouse up 4 years ago I put 4-6 inches of wood chips in the walkways inside, that is now soil!  So I'm scraping it down to the gravel driveway that it's set on and using that in the planters, then replacing the wood chips.
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Post  has55 on 11/19/2016, 11:17 pm

awesome greenhouse AJR. I haven't tried growing summer crops in the green house yet. will try it in one of my green beds later in the winter, after i harvest the broccoli and cauliflower. the other 3 beds I will keep in different type of greens, macho, etc... I hope I can successfully grow the peppers and tomatoes to beat texas heat. Today, I harvested the tomatoes and one melon just before tomorrow AM light freeze 32-30. A friend is experimenting with cantaloupe. 
Has anyone in the Dallas-ft worth area grew tomatoes and peppers successfully in raised beds?


my harvest today



the 2nd portable greenhouse was tied to the 1st greenhouse with hose clamps today. netting over the cool weather plants to stop cabbage looper
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Post  has55 on 11/21/2016, 2:19 am

AJR , have you ever used the walkway wood chips after it composted for plants or will this be the first time?
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/21/2016, 9:20 am

This is the first time on the walkway chips.  I added some fresh ones to it last season.  We had had so much rain that the floor was saturated for much of the winter.  That hastened the breakdown of the chips.
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Post  has55 on 11/21/2016, 8:55 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:This is the first time on the walkway chips.  I added some fresh ones to it last season.  We had had so much rain that the floor was saturated for much of the winter.  That hastened the breakdown of the chips.
I'm trying to see this image. was the greenhouse up or was there a way for the water to get into the greenhouse?
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Post  has55 on 11/22/2016, 12:31 pm

added the side vent on this side for better airflow. There another one on the other side. I used the green arrow to point to the location. I joined the two hoop houses tighter with hose clamps.
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Post  trolleydriver on 11/22/2016, 2:31 pm

Nice to see your progress has55. What you are building would fit very nicely over my SFG beds.  Smile

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Post  has55 on 12/15/2016, 12:04 am

finally got around to finishing the addition of the 2nd greenhouse.




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Post  sanderson on 12/15/2016, 1:56 am

Very, very nice!

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Post  trolleydriver on 12/15/2016, 8:09 am

@sanderson wrote:Very, very nice!
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FINALLY got my pictures to post!

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/15/2016, 1:33 pm

Well, as Sanderson knows, my phone was not allowing me to email pictures which is how I start the process to post my images here.  I gave my phone to my daughter and have no idea what the heck she did but I'm back in business, lol!

This is my hillside garden which is mostly at rest but also has some winter items planted.  " />
In front a broccoli plant, several cauliflowers are behind it and to the right a row of kale.  I have some chinese cabbage behind it all, but the rabbits keep enjoying them *deep sigh!*  I have covered them with large mouthed plastic containers so they can grow.  I'll have to rig something to keep the rabbits out of them.

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This is my greenhouse, recovered now in 6 mil greenhouse plastic.  We used construction zippers to create the doorways (there is now another opening on the other side).  The interior beds get covered when it gets down to about 35 degrees.  This holds the warmth that gets stored in the ground in and keeps more cold out.  The survival blankets alone will add about 20 degrees to the temps.  If it drops into the 20s we run a low temp heater on its lowest setting to keep them about 50 degrees.

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New bed #1.  Soil is 4 year old wood chips that have broken down inside of the greenhouse floor.  This is now covered with scrap greenhouse plastic to keep warmer and has been planted with various winter crops.  Some have started to grow very slowly, others will grow once the days begin to lengthen again. 

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Bed #2  This bed is a mix of a potting mix I've found that works really well for me to start seeds in and the wood chip soil so it's a bit lighter and airier.  I'm going to test the two beds to see which has better results over time.  The pots in front are a rosemary and turmeric.  The turmeric and my ginger plant are now in the house to survive the winter as they are tropical species and do not like to be below 65 degrees.
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The beds uncovered.  On the left side of the front box is a Roma tomato that is producing giant beautiful tomatoes right now mmmmmmmm!  The bowls with tomatoes are what was harvested green from my hillsides just before the first frost.  They are ripening perfectly in the greenhouse.  This was an experiment this winter.  
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My two 4x8 table tops.  So far the bell peppers and tomatoes in them are still surviving the frost.  They may not make it past the next week when we drop into the 20s but, we'll see!  The green beans and cucumbers that were in them did not make it.  The rest are winter veggies.  The bees ADORE the broccoli Raab (yellow flowers) and flood in every time I open the cover.   The back tabletop's poles are falling over, hubby has to secure them better as he did the front ones.  It's on the list, lol!

Off to work now!  Have a great day all, Audrey
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Post  sanderson on 12/15/2016, 3:51 pm

Audrey, Aren't the tomatoes in the greenhouse 2 summers old? I love your garden(s).

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Post  has55 on 12/16/2016, 12:08 am

@sanderson wrote:Audrey,  Aren't the tomatoes in the greenhouse 2 summers old?  I love your garden(s).
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/16/2016, 2:18 am

@sanderson wrote:Audrey,  Aren't the tomatoes in the greenhouse 2 summers old?  I love your garden(s).
The Juliet tomato in the small raised table top and the Roma in the left half of the large raised bed are two years old.  The right side of the large bed are new plants started late in the season off of suckers rooted in water.  Those are a cherry tomato that's very sweet, but I have no idea what it was originally now.

I'm going to pull the Juliet in the spring and won't replace a tomato in that bed.

It's all pretty messy outside, but I'm just not looking, lol!
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/16/2016, 2:22 am

Nice job on your new greenhouse Haas!  My elbow got hurt just lifting pavers, let alone how many cinder blocks you put into place in that.  Shocked
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Post  has55 on 12/21/2016, 11:11 am

the foundation screen is working great. I don't have to run out to ventilate the greenhouse. This morning it was 35 degrees at 8:00 AM. I don't know what the GH temp was inside because I chose not to run out there in the cold, but relax with a cup of coffee. The vents are partially close approx 1/4 of an inch. it's 10:00 now with temps at 49 degrees. That means it at least 55 degrees for them to start opening.
This year, I use braces to secure the plastic to the vents. 




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