Sustainable Natural Micro-Farming

Tag: greenhouse

  • A Cabbage Crop

    We have begun to enjoy some cabbage from the small crop planted in the spring. With just natural growth, they are small but flavorful. Next crop we need to intersperse with something to reduce the natural pests.

  • Malabar Spinach

    Announcing the arrival of the Malabar variety of spinach to our Fawudd Farms greenhouse! This unique and versatile plant brings a fresh burst of flavor and nutrition to the farm. With its vibrant green leaves and succulent texture, Malabar spinach is a delightful addition to any dish. Known for its high levels of vitamins and…

  • Passion Positioning

    Unfortunately, the passion fruit trees got way too large, and had interwoven themselves in the shade knitting, and had begun to work their way in between the roof panels. Not good. They needed to be relocated to their originally intended destination along the front wall. In doing so, we needed to harvest the passion fruit…

  • Navy Beans

    As an experiment, we planted some Navy beams to see how they would develop in the greenhouse. They did not appear to flourish, but they did manage to use the Trellis and to produce a small crop.

  • Lattice For Climbers

    We had been looking for lattice for about six months and were told by the local lumber yard that they don’t carry it and have not seen it elsewhere. Well, never just ask one person !! It turns out that it was here all along, but the prior person did not know ! We are…

  • Greenhouse H2O

    The plans for getting water to the greenhouse evolved over time. The initial plan was to have rainwater barrels immediately behind the structure to capture water from the roof and feed into the sink area. This requires an elevated structure for the barrels to generate enough pressure, and a gutter system for the roof edges.…

  • Filling Beds

    The fill for the beds is roughly following the Hugekultur method. The bottom layer are branches, logs, and other pre-compost materials from the property. The middle layer is topsoil, and the final layer is natural organic compost. Each bed is filled one wheelbarrow at a time with major help from Anderson. It takes a couple…

  • Adding A Lid

    The next logical step in the process was to tackle the roof. There was a race against time for planting season, but the final roof material was not available, so a temporary solution was put in place. UV plastic was doubled up and spread across the roof. It was clearly not going to withstand any…

  • Internal Structure

    With the external structure in better shape, attention could be turned to the internal components. This was relatively simple in that it consisted of a sink section to bring in running water, and planting beds. The concept was to allow for planting beds and aisles wide enough for a wheel barrow. This resulted in three…

  • Framework

    There were many options for framing the structure including wood, a PVC hoop, metal hoop, and more. In the end, I opted for a 1/2″ galvanised pipe structure which could be tied into the lower walls. It obstructs the least light, is much stronger than pvc, and readily repairable. It took a few days to…