Rick was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday to talk about his latest book, Secret Greenhouse of Survival- How to Build the Ultimate Homesteader and Prepper Greenhouse. He was on with me last year to talk about his first book, and you can view my post about it here.
Who is the Survivalist Gardener?
What About the Greenhouse Book?
The book lays out a simple, straight-forward, step by step approach to creating your own Secret Greenhouse of Survival. Colorful illustrations abound. And chapters cover the following subjects.
- What Rick knows
- Starting With a Plan
- Building From The Ground Up
- The Frame
- The Roof
- Windows, Doors, and Siding
- Preparing the Nursery for Baby Plants
- Pest Control
- And Appendices with more info on making your own plans
Why is it a Survival Greenhouse?
- Heat your home in the winter
- Heat your home’s hot water
- Grow five times more food per square foot than a hoop house
- Provide food for you and your family all year long
- Lets You grow vegetables in 3 dimensions
- You never have to use fertilizer
- You never have to use pesticide
- Grow exotic foods, such as citrus or coffee trees (even if you live in New England)
- Lets you start your garden seedlings in the spring
- Hide your solar electric system
- It can house your small farm animals
- And you can use it to incubate chickens and ducks
What Did We Talk About?
Add-on greenhouses aren’t a new idea. But Rick incorporated his knowledge of sustainable building into his. It’s like a fortress for intensive gardening.
It’s well insulated, uses highly efficient glass, and has plenty of thermal mass to give off heat. Even in below zero temps in winter, the inside temp didn’t go below 45 degrees. And that’s without supplemental heat. Plus, it helps heat the house and water.
Vents, solar fans and shade cloth help keep the greenhouse cool in summer’s heat.
For water, Rick makes use of grey water. He also collects rain water from the roof. He grows clover, beans, peas and other legumes to fix nitrogen in the soil of his grow beds. He practices companion planting, too.
The greenhouse produces 3-4 seasons of greens and other veggies in a year. It produces all the squash and melons he and his wife want. Amazingly, he’s been able to grow a good amount of corn, too.
Rick’s not exaggerating when he says it’s possible to grow citrus and coffee trees in his greenhouse. He’s actually doing it.
Yes, he keeps animals in it any time of year, too. For example, he incubates ducks and rases rabbits. It’s suitable for doing aquaponics as well.
Diseases aren’t much of a problem. Pests can be though. Spiders and a lizard are welcome in Rick’s greenhouse. He’s got a favorite kind of mouse trap, too. In the book he goes into more detail about pest control.
Building a greenhouse like Rick’s isn’t a DIY project, unless you’re handy with building. You’ll need to start by coming up with a plan with the info in his book. Then round up the help and funds for materials. Rick says it’s not as expensive as it looks, especially when you consider the energy savings.
Rick gives guidance so you don’t have to make the mistakes he’s made along the way. Pay attention to his construction tips, such as the kind of screws he uses.
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