[Market-farming] greenhouse recommendations?
srp75 at msn.com
Mon Jan 1 15:56:47 EST 2007
I have one of these, the smallest size, that I bought at our county fair. They had it as a demo and so I got it cheaper. I really wish now that I had a larger one. It's great. http://www.geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/index.php<http://www.geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/index.php>
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From: Leigh Hauter<mailto:lhh at hughes.net>
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Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 5:30 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] greenhouse recommendations?
Actually I liked the last one fine enough. Really no judgement one
way or the other. I bought it through the local greenhouse supply
company, Wetsel. It was sort of a project in process. I like to
think of it as an educational project in the nature of evolution.
When I started farming over a decade ago I began seedlings in the
window sills of the house. And then a plastic, pvc lento against the
side of the house. Then a larger leanto. And then a larger one
still and then a sort of make do pvc greenhouse. Finally I bought a
48 foot kit from Wetsel which I erected with my son-in-law. Then
added 24 more feet and then added another 24 feet.
At first I heated with little electric heaters, using electric
blankets, and more electric blankets covered by plastic. Then I
switched to heat tape for the seedlings, then propagation mats.
For the leanto when needed I bought an electric space heater and ran
the cord from the house. Once I bought the kit, at first, I put in
an old wood stove with the stack going out through a hole in the
roof. Then a bigger woodstove with old house fans blowing the heat.
Then greenhouse fans. Once the greenhouse got to 96 feet I bought a
Modine heater. Finally when I became more prosperous as a farmer and
upgraded the heating system in the our home from a woodstove to an
outside wood gasification boiler (this is my guess where the fire
started, from a spark out of the chimney landing in the dry kindling
I had just split the day before laying on the ground outside the
woodshed) with radiators and radiant floor heat I changed the heat in
the greeenhouse to hot water tubing running down the tables in the
greenhouse. a couple weeks ago I added a flash fire propane heater so
I could leave home and didn't always have to be out there stuffing
Farmtek - I have three 100 foot by 10 foot hoophouse from farmtek.
They are definitely the cheapest and the ones I have are fine enough
but located too far away from the house, without electricity or much
water. The Wetsel greenhouse is, I believe, a
Northern Star and probably, unless something else comes highly
recommended I'll just get another one.
At 11:57 AM -0600 12/22/06, TxBeeFarmer wrote:
>I know Farmtek has a wide variety to choose from. Could you tell us more
>about the one you had. It might help the rest of us if you also say what
>you didn't like about the old one. Got any pictures?
>West Texas Zone 7b
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>From: "Leigh Hauter" <lhh at hughes.net<mailto:lhh at hughes.net>>
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>Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:21 PM
>Subject: [Market-farming] greenhouse recommendations?
>> Last night we just had a disaster (but, of course, it could have
>> been worst). A fire somehow started next to a shed (I was not home),
>> which caught my woodpile which heated up the propane tanks, (that's
>> about when I came home) which blew, torching my 32X96 greenhouse and
>> contents. ( found out that one gallon of propane equals ten sticks
>> of dynamite). Fortunately the wind was blowing away from our home
>> and fortunately we stuccoed our house several years back so the only
>> damage to our home, sitting 70 feet away, were windows cracked from
>> the heat.
>> So the question is, if I'm going to start over again (and the thought
>> makes me ill) but with all the toxic chemicals of the melted plastic
>> and burnt flats (did you know potting soil burns?) in and around the
>> old greenhouse I don't see rehabing it. I think I had better start
>> over at a new location. What make of greenhouse do people recommend?
>> What shape? The last one was about the right size for the seedlings
>> I need to start in the spring. Do people have a favorite. My last one
>> was heated by a woodboiler which was cheap on fuel with hot water
>> running in pipes along the growing tables. Are there better ideas?
>> Any good ideas would be helpful.
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