click for a quick description of hydroponics). Rod looked into this listed greenhouse, did a little wheeling and dealing and before we knew it we were the owners of it.
I was not thrilled at first. "I don't need one more thing to do around here" may or may not have been said.
But, as things slowly progressed, (and i mean slowly) the idea grew on me and i became excited. I realized this is something we can do together and involve the boys in too. We aren't totally sure where all this will take us. But for now, we are doing our research, setting up our homemade systems and will hopefully will learn how to do this successfully through experience. It has taken much longer then expected to get the greenhouse assembled, but we can see it was a blessing as we weren't ready a year ago. We've had lots of time to watch youtube vidoes on others people's experiences!
Here's a look at the progression of the structure:
This drove me nuts all last summer!
Ah that's better
Starting getting it assembled in December
Almost complete March 2014
burying the resevoir tank (or giant rubbermaid container).
We have room to do 2 rows of the buckets, if we want to at some point.
Yes he's letting me paint the tables orange :)
It's tricky but not impossible to do root vegetables using the hydroponic method, ( root veggies meaning ones that grow underground), like radishes, onions, beets, carrots, potatoes. So for now we aren't "going there". I've requested a little square soil garden in the corner of the greenhouse, that i can try out my root vegetables inside during the off season.
We will have a 3rd system not pictured which will hold all-bearing strawberries. It's all made of PVC pipe and will lay horizonal. It'll have the 'flush' method like the bucket system. There are many varieties of systems out there, with the same general concept.
We plan on messing up a lot in the beginning. With it being soil-less, we'll need to add nutrients to the water, and each vegetable will need specific nutrients and quantities.
We hope to do this year round, with the exception of January and February where we will take off. We don't want to use the heat more then we have to, so it makes sense to pause over those months.
Rod has been working hard! But he doesn't consider it work, which is why we were out there most of the day Sunday setting up the systems :) We're still waiting for 2 glass panes to be installed, after that we will put our plants in and get started.
Well there is my attempt at explaining to you something i'm still learning about, hopefully it made partial sense. Will keep you posted with pictures once it's in full swing! Also you'd be welcome to stop by and see for yourself!