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We have come up with what we feel is an ingenious way to "be prepared", and we call it a "Survival Greenhouse". Although a greenhouse makes the best sense for cold climates and urban or suburban dwellers, ANYBODY can benefit from having a greenhouse. Our Survival Greenhouse is versatile and adaptable. You could fill it up from wall to wall with your favorite hydroponic garden systems, or even use container gardening with soil, if you prefer.
Growing lots of healthy, delicious, poison-free produce for your family is immensely satisfying, and a worthwhile endeavor; whether you find yourself in the middle of a disaster or not.
The plants get the nutrients they need from a water-based solution which floods or is dripped to the beds or plant pots. Since perfect nutrition is delivered right to the plant's roots, it does not have to spread out far and wide and expend lots of precious energy looking for food, as it does in soil. This leaves the plant much more energy to expend on crop production, and with amazing results.
For this reason, we highly recommend the use of hydroponic gardening methods for your Survival Greenhouse. Our Survival Greenhouse Guide provides all the information you need to set up any (or all) of the following systems:
• HydroPad PVC Stand
• Ebb & Flow
• Top Feed Bato Buckets
• Lettuce Raft
• Bubbler Bucket
The best way to do this is to plant several vining crops, provide support for them to grow UP, all the way to the ceiling!
What is aquaponics? Aquaponics refers to a system which combines conventional aquaculture (fish farming in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in nutrient fluid instead of soil), in a symbiotic relationship. The fish reside in a low tank, while a hydroponic gardening bed sits on top of/above the fish tank. The fish waste provides nutrients the plants need (nitrates), and the plants, in processing these nutrients, help purify the water the fish live in.
All of the electrical equipment we use in our greenhouse can run off our home-built solar system, and that includes:
4 Aerator pumps for nutrient reservoirs
2 Timers for pond pumps
2 Pond pumps and
Fans, for circulation and exhaust
Solar power allows you to run the greenhouse, 24/7, without using electricity; and it provides emergency power "off the grid" so you can continue to grow and provide food for your family, without interruption! We are talking about loss of electricity due to storms, or other power grid failure from any cause!
• Site the greenhouse to take advantage of the sun's free energy
• Strategically place insulation to keep heat in the greenhouse
• Use certain colors inside the greenhouse for heat conservation.
• Build a "Heat Sink" to store heat during the day for use at night with plastic milk jugs Summer heat can be a problem in many areas. Learn how to extend your growing season or even grow food year-round by:
• Adding shadecloth
• Making home-made cooling walls (evaporative system)
• Increasing ventilation with roll-up sidewalls, circulating fans and a greenhouse exhaust fan
• Add an inexpensive misting system
And going one step further and building a greenhouse extends your produce potential in a substantial way. When you're looking for ways to make your homestead more self-reliant, a greenhouse is a great way to do it. And if you can go off-grid with solar-powered equipment, you are way ahead of the pack.
We believe in the survival greenhouse concept, and recommend it for anyone with a 12x12 foot plot of earth on which to build one. We have built what we feel is the best structure at the best price, and written an excellent ebook to tell you how to build one, too. It's as simple as that.
Click on the ebook below for more photos and to learn more!