Earth Mum » Greenhouses http://earthmum.org Sustainable Living Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:26:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 California is Building Tiny Homes http://earthmum.org/california-building-tiny-homes/ http://earthmum.org/california-building-tiny-homes/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:56 +0000 http://earthmum.org/?p=282 I continue to hear more and more about people who are interested in building a tiny house! I can understand this happening in California because it’s so expensive to live, but why would we want to do this at a global level? Maybe it’s people are starting to see that building construction of any type […]

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I continue to hear more and more about people who are interested in building a tiny house!

Build Tiny House

Build Tiny House

I can understand this happening in California because it’s so expensive to live, but why would we want to do this at a global level? Maybe it’s people are starting to see that building construction of any type creates from what I heard over 75% of our pollutions and we has are becoming more aware of the damages it can cause, or is it just about economics and its cheaper living. It’s also very attractive because you don’t need any building permits and you can set a small home down on a piece of land and move it at will since they are usually made on trailers, now that’s sounds interesting to most I’m sure. I also see up to about $30,000 to build a small home, which in same states this could be a huge down payment on a real house. I think this is too much money to attain a or build a tiny home, but I’m sure there has to be benefits to it since these people have gone out of their way to do just that – build a tiny home to live in.

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In today's day and age it's pretty much become a standard practice to equate dream homes with McMansions and sprawling estates. However, one California couple's dream home suggests an alternative to this dream -- both in size and in price tag.

For just $30,000, 31-year-old web designer Alek Lisefski built a tiny house for himself and his girlfriend Anjali on an 8-by-12 foot flatbed trailer. (The cost includes money spent on the trailer, tools, supplies and appliances.) And the best part? Not only does it have plenty of room for their dog, Anya, but it's portable as well so Lisefski could avoid the minimum square footage requirements most municipalities have for permanent structures.

Currently stationed in the backyard of a house in Sebastopol, Calif. that the homeowners listed on Craigslist, Lisefski's home took about a year to build and was dubbed "The Tiny Project." While the couple does do some yard work as a form of minor payment, they at least have access to the city’s water supply and have achieved their goal of living a more sustainable, somewhat minimalist lifestyle.

tiny house inside look view

Inside Look at Tiny House

"While living in a such a small house, my space, and in turn each area of my life, will be simpler, less chaotic, and free from all but what is essential," he noted on the introduction of his blog.

He continued by saying that it all sounds "really great" to him -- and while it's certainly not a lifestyle for everyone's taste, at least it looks "really great" to others.

source: Huffington Post

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Build a Tiny House Here To Stay!

For whatever the reasons are, it’s a huge trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all, as a matter of fact the actual building small houses trend continue to advance to unprecedented highs in just a short time. Tiny homes or building small houses are here to stay and there is no stopping the movement, you could see one next door to you soon. Some might not see the advantages while some are taking it to the next level. Get ready for the next housing boom near you, the tiny homes and the people who are chasing the new American dream!

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Earth Mum Greenhouse Project 6 14 14 http://earthmum.org/earth-mum-greenhouse-project-6-14-14/ http://earthmum.org/earth-mum-greenhouse-project-6-14-14/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:47:39 +0000 http://earthmum.org/?p=181 We have started our Greenhouse project years ago and love it.   We have been gathering recycle roofing, walls, structure etc. items to build this greenhouse. Most places we got this from is Restore, Thrift Stores, Habitat for Humanity, Garage Sales, Construction sites and more. You would be surprised what people throw out and give […]

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We have started our Greenhouse project years ago and love it.

 

We have been gathering recycle roofing, walls, structure etc. items to build this greenhouse. Most places we got this from is Restore, Thrift Stores, Habitat for Humanity, Garage Sales, Construction sites and more. You would be surprised what people throw out and give away and you can find at these great places for free or for just a couple dollars.

I will do a final article from start to finish soon.

Here are a few updated pictures of the front door entry and inside of the greenhouse which we got all these items for a few dollars.

an image of greenhouse inside view

greenhouse inside view

Here is some corner view where we used some small trim pieces we got from the ReStore for about $1 each, using 2 per door $2 total, this really look nice and we used screws so if we need to replace the plastic greenhouse sheets in the future.

Earth Mum Greenhouse Corner View

Earth Mum Greenhouse Corner View

Earth Mum Greenhouse Front View

Earth Mum Greenhouse Front View

Some items we did have to buy from Lowes Home Improvement and Home Depot.

an image of greenhouse foundation

greenhouse foundation

Here are some older pictures from last month to Earth Mum Greenhouse front view.

an image of greenhouse front view

greenhouse front view

The Greenhouse Roof was made out of old shower doors which we purchased for $10 earch at the ReStore in Burlington, NC.

an image of greenhouse roof shower doors

greenhouse roof shower doors

Roof was also recycled and purchased wood.

an image of greenhouse roof joist

greenhouse roof joist

These are foam core house doors we purchased for $10 each from the ReStore in Burlington, NC.

an image of greenhouse door used as a wall

greenhouse door used as a wall

Front entry view which I have more updated pics to come.

an image of greenhouse front view work

greenhouse front view work

Thanks for reading our Greenhouse project by Earth Mum, we will update you as we go.

 

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Building a Underground Greenhouse Cheap! http://earthmum.org/building-underground-greenhouse-cheap/ http://earthmum.org/building-underground-greenhouse-cheap/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 06:01:15 +0000 http://earthmum.org/?p=109 I found this very unique way to build a underground greenhouse on a low budget. I'm use to building a greenhouse like the image below, as I'm sure most are accustom to... :') I'm not sure if this is a great idea, digging and building the soil is allot of work, but it's a nice […]

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I found this very unique way to build a underground greenhouse on a low budget.

I'm use to building a greenhouse like the image below, as I'm sure most are accustom to... :')

greenhouse building image

How To Build a Greenhouse

I'm not sure if this is a great idea, digging and building the soil is allot of work, but it's a nice concept because you are under the ground which keeps the same temp all year around. At first thought it seem dirty and not very well kept from the photos, but more thought into this and if you have a good landscape that would allow something like this I wouldn't mind trying just a small underground garden to start out. One good and bad thing is I live in the south east and its hard clay which is hard to dig a under ground garden, but once your down its pretty stable so its worth a try.

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Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter.

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© Neo-farms Walipini Underground Greenhouse

A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here's a video tour of a walipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:

How a Walipini works and how to build one
underground greenhouse

C Benson Institute - Underground Greenhouse

It's a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. But how to make one? From American sustainable agriculture non-profit Benson Institute comes this enlightening manual on how a walipini works, and how to build it:
The Walipini utilizes nature's resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. Locating the growing area 6'- 8' underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation are the most important principles in building a successful Walipini.
The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6 ? to 8' deep covered by plastic sheeting. The longest area of the rectangle faces the winter sun -- to the north in the Southern Hemisphere and to the south in the Northern Hemisphere. A thick wall of rammed earth at the back of the building and a much lower wall at the front provide the needed angle for the plastic sheet roof. This roof seals the hole, provides an insulating airspace between the two layers of plastic (a sheet on the top and another on the bottom of the roof/poles) and allows the sun's rays to penetrate creating a warm, stable environment for plant growth.
This earth-sheltered greenhouse taps into the thermal mass of the earth, so that much less energy is needed to heat up the walipini's interior than an above ground greenhouse. Of course, there are precautions to take in waterproofing, drainage and ventilating the walipini, while aligning it properly to the sun -- which the manual covers in detail.
Best of all, according to the Benson Institute, their 20-foot by 74-foot walipni field model out in La Paz cost around $250 to $300 only, thanks to the use of free labour provided by owners and neighbors, and the use of cheaper materials like plastic ultraviolet (UV) protective sheeting and PVC piping.
Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers to produce food year-round in colder climates. More over at the Benson Institute and the Pure Energy Systems Wiki.
Source: Tree Hugger
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You can also research greenhouses information here on Earth Mum or all around the internet for the endless ways to build one for you and how greenhouses work, build your own greenhouse, lean to greenhouses, and much more. There really is no set way to build a proper greenhouse, its usually what every you have to work with and try to do it per your budget.
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Earth Mum

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Permaculture The Balance With Nature. http://earthmum.org/permaculture-balance-nature/ http://earthmum.org/permaculture-balance-nature/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 22:10:43 +0000 http://earthmum.org/?p=103 Permaculture , was initially conceived as a self-reliant agricultural approach, where farming devices are made to call for minimal, or essentially, no exterior human treatment. In the 21st century the term "permanent culture" included describe an alternative strategy to making self-dependent and eco-friendly home steads, in return reduces our dependency on industrialized ways of manufacturing, […]

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Permaculture

, was initially conceived as a self-reliant agricultural approach, where farming devices are made to call for minimal, or essentially, no exterior human treatment. In the 21st century the term "permanent culture" included describe an alternative strategy to making self-dependent and eco-friendly home steads, in return reduces our dependency on industrialized ways of manufacturing, living more in harmony with natures way of life.

permaculture garden
Permaculture aspires to establish an eco-friendly equilibrium within the system. A flawlessly balanced system is one that does not need external adjustments and counts entirely by itself resources, where one item is utilized to supply one more. For instance, a really simple permaculture farm is one which utilizes its animal waste to feed its plants, which then are used to feed the animals. At the same time, just sufficient crops and animal products (such as meat, eggs, etc) are produced to supply the human community. Such a straightforward device could advance in time and transform into an extremely intricate environment of its own.
Permaculture counts on a set of a well-marked collection of style principles such as some I have come up with here permaculture principles,
* Underlying permaculture is monitoring and preparation: prior to building a farm one should observe study and recognize its organic components and just how they associate with each various other. One needs to take into consideration the organic and synthetic limits that define the device, as well as the natural resources that are readily available within it.
* Examining these specifications then leads to the style, execution and long-lasting maintenance of the permaculture system. The style is a very innovative and innovative process that is truly the key to the success of the device.
* Central themes in the layout consist of using patterns, both organic (like a form of a surge or spiral, typical in nature) or designs beneficial for a specific demand (like a specific framework to decrease waste).
* Permaculture commonly utilizes layers, in order to create an unified and reliable usage of area. As an example, layering various sized plants on a single soil patch will optimize space use and permit an unique and corresponding eco-system to arise.
Exactly how can we produce and gain from permaculture? There are numerous sources, permaculture magazine, publications, training courses and on the internet internet sites that teach people how you can enhance their family and home-farming based upon permaculture methods. We could begin from growing plants in a specific design, elevating stock in a particular way or gathering and recycling water for residence usage. There are numerous degrees of exercising permaculture and every person could gain from its noticeable benefits. And atop everything, we obtain to preserve our environment and live sympathetically with our world and its several environments.

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Having a Greenhouse Has Huge Advantages. http://earthmum.org/having-a-greenhouse-has-huge-advantages/ http://earthmum.org/having-a-greenhouse-has-huge-advantages/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 18:55:20 +0000 http://earthmum.org/?p=62 Greenhouses are ending up being more popular than before. People from all various places and strolls of life are finding the delight of greenhouse landscaping. With a lot of greenhouse options available today, there is definitely something for every person.   Whether you want to begin plants in your greenhouse, expand exotic plants or make […]

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Greenhouses are ending up being more popular than before. People from all various places and strolls of life are finding the delight of greenhouse landscaping. With a lot of greenhouse options available today, there is definitely something for every person.

an image of greenhouses File:Laeken Royal Greenhouses
 
Whether you want to begin plants in your greenhouse, expand exotic plants or make your very own vegetable garden, a greenhouse is the ideal way to obtain outstanding results and to extend your expanding period. For many individuals, requiring time to garden in their greenhouse is their favorite means to run away from the disarray of the day. Picture yourself unwinding while bordered by multicolored, dynamic flowers and pleasurable aromas in your greenhouse. If meditation is your goal, make certain to decide on a greenhouse that provides excellent insulation to make sure that it can be made use of year-round. Attempt expanding plants such as lavender, pleasant green and pansies during chillier months to provide your greenhouse a pleasant and calm sensation. With a bit of expertise, you can take pleasure in virtually any type of plant year-round with the appropriate greenhouse.
 
Having a greenhouse likewise allows you to ready scrumptious homemade dishes for your family members with crisp, healthy herbs and veggies. The preference of garden-fresh eco-friendlies expanded in your greenhouse can not compare with store-bought veggies! Several plants such as lettuce and beet can be expanded in a greenhouse with extremely little initiative. Various other well-liked plants such as tomatoes, watermelons and peppers likewise increase well in greenhouses, although they have the tendency to be somewhat pickier plants. Attempt some greenhouse recipes!
 
Before you start picking a greenhouse, it is vital to think about a number of points. First of all, you need to have a concept of how you would like to utilize the greenhouse. If you wish to simply begin some plants in the springtime, a more straightforward greenhouse framework will certainly do. Nevertheless, if you intend to increase tropical year-round, as an example, you would need an insulated greenhouse created to compose heat. It is additionally vital to have great greenhouse air flow to maximize your outcomes.
 
You additionally have to take into consideration the size of greenhouse that you would like to acquire. Many garden enthusiasts take too lightly the amount of space they will certainly utilize in the greenhouse. Greenhouse horticulture often tends to be addicting and many people finish up loading their greenhouse within the first period of usage! Think about greenhouses that offer extension kits, which are a practical way to add extra room. The size you select also depends upon just how well the within area of the greenhouse is made use of. While some greenhouses offer little or no shelving, others possess double-tiered racks and hanging rods.
 
 
The greenhouse you select could also depend on the space you have offered in your lawn. You have to be sure that there is plenty of space for the greenhouse along with for a functioning space. It is likewise vital that the greenhouse place will certainly receive lots of lighting. Southern exposure is most effectively for your greenhouse plants. As a general rule, you ought to never ready a foundation before creating your greenhouse. Lots of people discover that they are unable to discover a greenhouse that suits their foundation dimension, or that the greenhouse differs somewhat from exactly what they had planned for when created.
 
Maybe one of the most important components to greenhouse success is study! Greenhouse horticulture commonly has various needs than outdoor horticulture. Buy a good greenhouse publication that not only supplies unique concepts that you may not have actually considered, yet that also assists you to look after the tiny troubles as they arise. Don't be quick to work out when picking a greenhouse; look into every one of your options prior to buying to ensure that you acquire precisely what you're searching for.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
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