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September 12, 2008

Greenhouse Gardener's Companion: Growing Food and Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace

Believe it or not, I just saw organic heirloom tomatoes selling for $4.99/lb. And this wasn't NYC, this was Raymond, Maine in September when everyone is giving tomatoes away! It's time to take this tomato thing more seriously and start selling them. At least we could break even with our gardening obsession and get the tomatoes to pay for their own seeds, the other vegetable seeds, and miscellaneous stuff that adds up so quickly.

The first thing to do is to get a greenhouse somehow. New, used, or take over the next door neighbor's greenhouse that has 6' weeds growing out of the windows. We bought a used one from www.craigslist.org. (We also got our pigs and Kabota 3010 tractor there. It can be a very economical resource for farmers and gardeners.) Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting it up with the help of this book, Greenhouse Gardener's Companion: Growing Food and Flowers in your Greenhouse or Sunroom by Shane Smith.

It is a great resource for greenhouse beginners. Luckily, the author is not a fan of hydroponics and doesn't waste much time with that. Instead, he gives detailed instructions on light, temperature, thermal mass, fans and drainage just to list a few topics. We will be documenting the raising of the GardenSnob greenhouse here so stay tuned . . .

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Posted by Mary Ellen at September 12, 2008 3:54 PM
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