Greenhouse Ribs Up

Beached Whale of a Greenhouse
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Today we got the last of the ribs of the greenhouse up and connected with purloin cross pieces. Everything is plumb and level, provided you’re using the right system of geometry as required on such a small planet.

We’re debating calling the greenhouse Moby because it rather resembles the skeleton of a beached whale. Once it has the cover it will be a beached white whale so Moby Dick will be ever so appropriate.

Ben suggested that if the pigs run through the greenhouse really fast we could produce electricity in the hoops like huge generator if we magnetize the iron in their blood. Imagine the hoops extending as a spiral and connected with insulators instead of conductive purloins. “More power, Igor, I need more power!” shout the mad scientists. Strange thoughts wander through our minds as the greenhouse slowly rises from the mists…

Outdoors: 35°F/19°F 2″ Snow, Misty
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/61°F

Daily Spark: I often see people jump in to things too quickly. Rember: Dive slowly.

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13 Responses to Greenhouse Ribs Up

  1. eggyknap says:

    Out here we’ve dug a pit for an earth-sheltered greenhouse. Is it safe to guess you considered that option, and chose not to use it because of shallow bedrock?

    • Most places the ledge or bedrock is too close to the surface. There are some spots where I could consider this and we have built things like this. However, the issue of snow dumping is a major concern. I don’t want to shovel the roof and the snow must go somewhere. We get 14′ of snow, or more, which packs down to about 4′ or so unless removed. That is both a lot of load and blocks the incoming light such that in the winter any such structure ends up resembling an igloo.

  2. PV says:

    its a giant slikki!

  3. Nance says:

    Thanks for the reminder . . . ‘dive slowly’ . . . I’m prone to jump off the deep end.

  4. Edmund Brown says:

    Didn’t you say in a previous post somewhere that you were accused of building a nuclear reactor as your butcher shop went up? Sounds to me like you’re just ahead of the curve with your ideas on electricity generation ;)

  5. Adam DeGraff says:

    What do you plan to grow in there?

    • Pigs. This is not a closed in plant greenhouse but rather an open shelter using a greenhouse frame and cover to create a bright sky which the pigs like for nesting. In side by side comparisons we’ve found that given two identical spaces, one with a dark roof and one with a bright roof, the pigs prefer the bright roof in our winters and they do better. The greenhouse will be open for ventilation. See these posts about the greenhouse for more.

  6. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Is the curvature in the image real? I read earlier that you’d left sloping for drainage, but had no idea the walls and structure were an arc.

    • Seulement en la monde de le Petite Prince. In his tiny world the radius is so small that such a curvature would be of reason. In our much larger world the curvature you’re seeing is a side effect of the optics and photo panorama techniques I was using to get a side angle view of the entire greenhouse from close up. Think like a fish with many eyes.

  7. Jake says:

    Walter, what kind of elevation change do you have across your property? We have 200′ rise in about 1600, but in that space it goes from nearly flat up to maybe a 25% slope.

    • Without looking at the topo map and doing it from memory I think we go from about 1400′ to about 2200′ in altitude so a rise of about 800′. Probably the shortest distance that rise happens is from the marsh in the middle which would be a little higher than the 1400′ to the top of Sugar Mountain which is about that higher height. Some spots have more slope than others as it undulates a lot.

      • Jake says:

        And that’s over 70 acres? Are there any spots so steep that you don’t really bother trying to use them?

        • That was merely a measure of distance from a low to a high point. No, none of our land is unusably steep. We do forestry as well as pasturing. The pastures can be on much steeper areas than we can do anything else on. For example, sheep, chickens and pigs can graze on areas that are too steep to drive even a skidder. Think mountain goats. :)

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