Building Permanent Culture in Knoxville
So, due to various complications, including a 2 week recovery from surgery, I didn't get my starts started as early as I would have liked. However, with it still being cool at night, and with me wanting my babies to grow grow grow, I decided that a greenhouse type object was in order. The plan was to build a functioning micro-greenhouse big enough to hold about 180 starts and able to be pretty self sufficient, other than watering (although I might add a drip system eventually.)
The greenhouse was built entirely of recycled materials. Used were 6 tires NOT given to the tire replacement guys (saved a dollar apiece that way as well!), 6 chrome plated display stand legs kept for scrap from a store closing, compost from the Sevier County Recycling facility to fill the tires and hold heat - made from recycled tourist trash, and two spliced pieces of plastic from a twin and a queen mattress. The tires were laid in rows of 3 each facing each other and filled with compost. The posts were pounded into the ground between the trays of starts, and the plastic was repaired with duct tape and folded over all and tucked under the tires - and cinder blocks on the ends. Pictures follow...