Category Archives: greenhouse

  1. The Greenhouse is Leeking! (Haha. Leeks.. get it?)

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    March 22, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    juliet tomato seedlings in greenhouse

    Ok, the greenhouse isn’t really leaking. We just like wordplay. In fact, the greenhouse is looking pretty awesome these days. Zach has been kicking some plant ass! He just finished the first round of up-potting tomatoes, peppers, kale and leeks. Ahh.. seed babies. They grow up so fast!

  2. Sweet, tiny, precious little baby seedlings in the greenhouse

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    March 11, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    kale seedlings in the greenhouse

    With springtime just around the corner (we’re hoping), our interior space sufficiently set-up and our climate control system installed, we were finally ready to put this greenhouse to work! But wait! We were missing one important component. We need to get lit! I mean really lit.

  3. Zach goes to America’s hat… Canada!

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    March 7, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    So after two years of research, planning, digging, building, and drinking our greenhouse finally exists. There it is. Sitting right next to the garden. We are finally ready to grow some sick tight vegetables, yeah? Not quite. This is the story of how Zach got the final and most important part of our greenhouse puzzle.

  4. Building the Greenhouse’s Guts, Part 2: It’s Hotter Than Balls in There!

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    February 26, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    The greenhouse is nearing completion. FINALLY! However, we are noticing one major issue. It’s hotter than balls in there! We decided that between the automatic window openers, the thermostatic pump control and ourselves; we have three separate systems working against each other. We needed a solution and we found one… in Canada.

  5. Such and Such Photos: Weekend Wrap-up

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    February 11, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    According to my camera roll, this was a pretty busy week out here on the farm. And better yet, it’s starting to feel like spring is just around the corner. We’re starting seedlings in the greenhouse, there may be baby chicks in the near future and the taste of homemade syrup is close at hand. But then again, this is Missouri. There could be a blizzard next week. Who knows. But here’s a look around the farm over the past week!

  6. Building the Greenhouse’s Guts: Part 1

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    February 1, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    Constructing greenhouse benches from wire shelving.

    So with the greenhouse structure built, it was time to start working on the inside. Zach and Dave have been doing a lot of research on benches, temperature control, lighting, and watering systems, while Nemo has been designing the very important manifold for the radiant heat in the floor, and anywhere else we need heat. We wanted to make the space as efficient and easy to use as possible. But first, we had to find materials.

  7. Building a kickass greenhouse

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    January 5, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm

    the finished Riga kit greenhouse with radiant heated floor powered by our wood boiler

    Earlier this spring it was decided that we were going to build a greenhouse. We had originally planned to just build a hoophouse. But after deciding to try to heat the greenhouse with our wood boiler as well as doing a lot of research, we realized that a hoophouse just wasn’t going to cut it for many of the plans we had. It also would not be as strong or as efficient as a kit model greenhouse. A hoophouse would have taken care of some of our needs but not all. So as it turned out, we needed a real greenhouse. Not just any greenhouse. A really kickass greenhouse.

  8. How to turn a hay field into a garden

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    December 18, 2012 by suchandsuchfarm

    After we got the wood boiler installed and part of the house rehabbed (the upstairs needed a new kitchen and the downstairs was transformed from one huge open space into an apartment style living quarters with a utility room) the next step was to make the garden. Our property has three large hay fields so we took a section of one field and planned our garden area. Deciding on the space was pretty easy. One hay field is too far from the house and another field has our septic system underneath it. The remaining hay field turned out to be the perfect place for a garden; it was flat with a gentle slope for drainage, across from the fresh water springs, next to the chicken coop and also viewable from my kitchen window.