For those of you who know me you have heard me talking about the greenhouse that I’ve been planning to build for awhile. And, despite my 5 1/2 years of officially accredited training in Architecture I seem to be afraid to design it. I believe that it is due to the fact that I have several complicated things I wish to accomplish while building my green house. Some of them I’ve seen others do and some of them I just created in my head such as:
- building the green house out of all recycled materials – I have some old wood from a friend’s deck and windows removed from a house. My problem is if I do the next thing on this list I’m not sure if I can use these things and not have chemicals in my water run off from the treated wood.
- create a system where I can divert the water run off coming from watering my seedlings into a barrel that I can reuse
- design a green house that can be built on a trailer to be pulled by my truck – I don’t own my house so I want to be able to bring my beautiful new greenhouse with me wherever I go.
Then I heard about this greenhouse building seminar. We are constructing two greenhouses. So far we aren’t addressing much of the issues on my list but I have access to two experienced greenhouse users, Max from Urban Roots and David Pitre from Tecolote Farm. David gave a talk at the beginning of the day that pointed out hoards of issues I never even thought about until now. Like creating heat sources without electricity or gas.
Luckily there is one more day of this class next week. I hope to get some measurements and a drawing down on paper to show David and Max. I would love to get some solid advice on what direction to go.