We’ve managed to erect the new greenhouse and doesn’t she look a beaut!

It took us a couple of days to get the base right—grinding off the high spots and filling in the low spots—but once that was accomplished and the base secured to the concrete footings, the rest of it was put up in a single day. It was quite a long one, and we were both completely shattered by nightfall, but what a result.

This should let us extend our growing season to 300 days a year, at least 50% more than we currently get. And we should be able to get a jump on spring, starting off our tomatoes and other salad veggies in the greenhouse in August ready to plant out in mid-spring. We’ll also keep the greenhouse stocked with berries and maybe lettuces year round. Who know, we might be able to provide a salad in July! Well…a lettuce soup perhaps. 🙂

The next step is to construct the passive heating system, which is a fancy term for a hole with rocks in it. I want to be able to collect the warm air at the peak of the roof and blow it into the rocks with a solar-powered fan. The rocks warm up during the day, and release their heat into the greenhouse over night. Along with the double glazed polycarbonate panels, this should ward off the most severe frosts and keep our young plants from dying off.

That’s the plan, anyway. Lots of very hard digging lie ahead!

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