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OVERVIEW

I built a greenhouse in November 2016 to be able to grow vegetables and flowers all year long. You can check out my photos and videos of the project via this link.  I have two key motivations.  I want to be able to grow the majority of my vegetables and only source food such as fish, rice, etc. from the grocery store as a worst case scenario.  Any crops that I am short on or don't grow, I will make an attempt to source from other local farmers. This approach is part of my personal sustainability and healthy living plan.  Second, I want to be able to grow and photograph flowers in the fall and winter seasons in addition to the normal spring and summer months. This helps my nature photography business and also brings a lot of joy to others, which is important to me.  In the future, after I am successful with the vegetables and flowers for a few seasons, I would like to pursue a Tilapia fish farm.    

I live in the Missouri Ozarks where we have four distinct seasons ranging from frigid days and nights to scorching 100-degree summer days.  I needed a solution that could help me grow my vegetables and flowers throughout the year.  Only by jumping in and trying will reveal the adjustments that I need to make over time.  

GARDEN UPDATES/STATUS

On this page, I provide an update on what I have planted for each season and include links to associated photos and videos for viewers to enjoy.  I also record some basic atmospheric data such as 24 hr high and low temperatures and relative humidity.  It is important to know this information for some plants and flowers, so I record it in order to be able to look back at the data and the plant information to make future predictions.  In order to be successful, I need to be organized and keep good records.  

MY GREENHOUSE PROJECT STATUS

11/1/2016 - Started the project by digging the holes for the 4x4 posts.  

11/07/2016 - The Exterior structure is completely finished and the floor was graveled. 

11/13/2016 - The clear polycarbonate panels were installed on the exterior and roof, 2 windows were installed, 4 grow beds were built and installed, and gardeners workbench and seedling grow table was built. 

The final phase of work will include building a custom door, installing sheet metal corners on the exterior, hanging gutters to feed the rainwater catchment system, install the solar energy solution to power the germination warming pads and grow lights.

MY WINTER GREENHOUSE GROWING SCHEDULE FOR FLOWERS

I follow the Northern Hemisphere winter schedule that starts in December and ends in February.

I am in the process of sourcing the seeds and bulbs as appropriate to grow 12 flowers this winter seasons.  I have the listing of each flower below and its current status.  You can click on the flower name and you will be taken to my visual flower database where I share photographs and video updates for each flower.  

1 - Amaryllis - Planted bulbs on 11/13/2016
2 - Zygocactus - Received starter in 4-inch pot on 11/12/2016 and moved to the greenhouse on 11/13/2016
3 - Hellebores (Christmas Rose)
4 - Winter aconite/Eranthis - in process
5 - Freesia - in process
6 - Hyacinth - in process
7 - Impatiens - in process
8 -Larkspur - in process
9 - Nasturtium - in process
10 - Pansy - in process
11 - Primrose - in process
12 -  Snapdragon - in process

MY WINTER GREENHOUSE ATMOSPHERIC DATA 

  • 11/15/2016 - 24hr Temperature Low (xF) High (xF) - Relative Humidity Low (x%) High (x%)
  • 11/14/2016 - 24hr Temperature Low (32F) High (93F) - Relative Humidity Low (16%) High (76%) (note: door wasn't installed yet) Outdoor temperatures: Low 25F High 61F (source: weather underground historical data)

What's in bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden?

MY WINTER GREENHOUSE GROWING SCHEDULE FOR VEGETABLES

I follow the Northern Hemisphere winter schedule that starts in December and ends in February.

I am in the process of sourcing the seeds and setting up my solar powered germination station to get the seedlings started. I am providing the power to the germination warming mats via solar and also the LED growing lights that I use after I remove them from the germination station.  

My plans are to attempt to germinate and grow the following winter vegetables.  As I make progress, you can visit my photo gallery to get the latest pictures and videos.  

1 - Brocolli - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)

2 - Cauliflower - seeds on order (germination is the next step)

3 - Carrots - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)

4 - Kale - seeds on order (germination is the next step)

5 - Radishes - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)

6 - Spinach - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)

7 - Lettuce - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)

8 - Winter squash - seeds acquired (germination is the next step)