Everything we do at the Florida House is a chance to experiment with techniques without the consequences of self sufficient living. Here if we try something and it’s not successful we have the resources around us that we can have food from another source. The goal of self sufficient living is that eventually everything we eat will be harvested on the homestead. If we have a problem then, it could mean a tough winter. The greenhouse is one of those experiments, we are thrilled that the greenhouse is finally up!
Philip built the greenhouse with two portable garage tent frames. He used pipes to round the roof and create a solid surface for the visqueen to lay on.
He then used cement block and wood to create raised beds, hauling in loads of topsoil to fill them.
The greenhouse has two boxes that are at the front that he had to specially fit the visqueen to enclose the boxes. These planted boxes were from our garden last year, so we are incorporating them into the greenhouse construction. The greenhouse also has a door and window for ventilation.
Philip also used flat strapping over the visqueen to keep it from lifting and being damaged by the wind. The greenhouse will give us an extended growing season… we can’t wait to see how it goes.
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About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.