Friday, September 27, 2013

Greenhouse is moved!!!

Today we went to Kirbyville TX and deconstructed 90 x 30 greenhouse. A special thanks to Trent And Kade Sherwin, Doug Tibbits, Jori Higgins, Greg Caldwell and my wife and children for helping me today. It was hot and humid and fire ants were everywhere!
Here is the greenhouse before we tore it down. 

This is Pike sweating from working like a man. 

Kelly and Doug loading the ribs of the greenhouse. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Here are some new pics I took this morning in our greenhouse.  The growth in one week is extraordinary.  One of the tomato plants has reached the ceiling!! Tonight we will move the strawberries to their own system.


Swiss Chard

Multiplying onions

Yellow Squash Blooming


Tomatoes and cabbage

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hydroponic strawberries are blooming!

Our Allstar hydroponic strawberries are blooming this morning. They are growing so fast in this nutrient solution from I can't wait to eat the first one!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dutch buckets are up and running

Today we received our nutrient solution for our hydroponics system. We planted tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, multiplying onions, and squash. The whole system is running great!
Multiplying onions
Swiss chard

I also took a picture of one of our feeder pigs. She is growing fast and strong!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hydroponic strawberry towers and Dutch buckets

Today we have been constructing our vertical strawberry towers which will grow 65 plants per tower. They are made out of NEW 4 inch sewer pipe that is cut in 5 ft lengths.  We the mark and till all our holes offset from each other 2.5 inches horizontal and 2 inches vertically.
This a picture of our pipe after cutting and drilling all the holes.  

We also started our Dutch bucket hydroponics system. We got 26 2.5 and 3 gallon icing buckets from some local bakeries and donut shops. We plumbed them and now all we have to do is fill with perlite and plants then hook up out sump system. 

These are our Dutch buckets. 

Here I am constructing the buckets. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New greenhouse is finished

Thanks to the help of Doug Tibbits, Paul Praschnik, and Trent Sherwin, we have finished our new 10 x 12 hydroponics greenhouse. Almost all of the supplies were donated or recycled!  I'm looking forward to growing food year round in it!
This is it finished with the shade cloth to keep it cool during the heat of the summer. 

This is during construction. 

This is the pipe frame that was on the property when we bought it!
This is what the inside of the roof looks like.