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Growing and Heating in a Greenhouse

December 14, 2011 3:26 pm | No Comments

I live in Northern Utah so our days are really short this time of year. I just started seed again a few weeks ago, and I simulate longer warmer days for these new seedings from germination till about 3 weeks.
To do this, I put a 4′ flourescent light almost touching the flat. This flat has a clear plastic dome over it, to keep the heat in and let the light in.
Flourescent lighting gives off a little heat, but I heat my greenhouse by using roofing cables that are used for melting snow on the edge of the roof.
I run them back and forth under the beds and put them on a timer to come on about 5pm and go off about 8am. They are waterproof and use very little energy. They could be hooked up to a solar panel.
If I am expecting it to be below 10 degrees, I will put a little radiator type heater in the greenhouse, on a timer to come on when the sun goes down.
If it is going to be below zero and windy, I will cover the plants with a layer of bubblewrap or 6 mil plastic as another barrier. I haven’t had to do this very often though. You could just use the second layer if you don’t have a really cold climate, without additional heat. Greenhouses and plants,collect heat in the day, and use it in the night to stay warm.
The North wall of my greenhouse has insulation foam to help keep the heat in also.
This has worked really well for the past few years.

100% Homegrown

December 12, 2011 11:18 am | No Comments

In the pursuit of providing a self sufficient lifestyle in these troubled times, we have so many options that we don’t think we are capable of, but are really quite easy if you take one step at a time.

I always thought gardening started on my last freeze date in May, but I have come to learn that if I prepare a little in the fall, and even through the winter, we can eat out of our garden, cold frames and small greenhouse year round providing enough nutritious, organically grown food for three or more families depending on the time of year.

One thing I do is till and prepare a couple of rows for planting in the fall, then I cover the bed with grass clippings and leave it till spring.

The beauty of these beds is that if we have a really wet spring, where it is too muddy to get in and walk or dig, I can still hand trowel a little hole and put in lettuce and spinach starts and peas. All of which love cool wet weather.

I have greens in a month, even when there is still snow coming every once in a while.

The Coddling Moth Trap

June 27, 2010 10:34 am | No Comments

by The Garden Marvel

Codling Moth Trap

June 10, 2010 1:45 pm | No Comments

by The Garden Marvel

Here is a recipe to trap the Codling Moth that causes wormy apples.
It is time to make these traps and set them out.  They are quiet effective
and non-toxic to humans and pets and is organic.

Wash the milk residue out of a 2-quart milk jug by putting several drops of dish washing liquid and a pint of hot water in the jug and sloshing it violently. Then rinse the jug out and cut large near top. There has been some success reported by painting the hole areas red or yellow.

Another hole on the opposite side allow, air currents to carry the attractant through your orchard, hopefully intercepting the Moths before they land on your trees. You may want to use 2 to 4 traps in each tree depending on the size of the tree.

1-cup Apple Cider Vinegar,

1/3-cup Dark Molasses,

1/8-teaspoon Ammonia,

6 drops of Dish Washing Liquid

Add enough water to make 1-1/2 quarts of Attractant.

1/4 cup of this Attractant is placed into the bottom of each trap. Rinse out and rebait monthly.

Ready to Plant Your Garden?

April 26, 2010 9:25 pm | No Comments

This is a good time to plant from seed or plants:

  • lettuce, spinach, radishes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, onions and carrots and potatoes. Also kale, chard, collard greens for juicing or braising.
  • After the 15th of May, you can plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash (all kinds) melons, cucumber, tomatillo, corn and anything else that you want! Good luck with your garden!

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