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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...

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Comment by Jeremy Spiers on July 8, 2012 at 9:40pm

Sorry I missed the earlier comments - I didn't see the approval thingy...

Comment by Jeremy Spiers on July 8, 2012 at 9:39pm

Well, most did germinate, but the results weren't very good because they suffered badly from flea beatles and slugs. Next time, I will do it a little higher!

Comment by Chad Hellwinckel on May 14, 2012 at 10:14am

How'd the experiment come out? Any lessons for next time?

Comment by Khann Chov on April 17, 2012 at 8:03am

Very cool!  How did it go?

Comment by Jeremy Spiers on March 14, 2012 at 4:17pm

Thanks, David. So far, I have cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers of several types up... we'll see how they do in the long run!

Comment by David Trout on March 1, 2012 at 1:46am
Nice job, man. Great quickie green house. That bad boy might COOK when the sun comes out. Cool idea, or is that maybe a hot idea??!!
Comment by Jeremy Spiers on February 29, 2012 at 9:16am

There are about 180 starts. I think they will definitely germinate. My worry is that a hard freeze will get them. Perhaps, if there is anything under say 28 degrees on the way, I should put in a heat lamp? I don't know. The tires get righteously hot under the sun, and hopefully the ground, compost, and trays will hold enough to make it through the night!

Also, any thought anyone has on how much ventilation should be allowed would be welcome. My thought is the gaps by the ground and the periodic watering should provide enough CO2, but I am not sure, as I have never tried a green house, usually buying starts instead. 

Comment by Tracie L. Hellwinckel on February 28, 2012 at 5:43pm

What a brilliant idea.  Can't wait to see if the seedlings stay warm enough to germinate and thrive.  Cool.

 

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