Clarence wrote:Question. Call it climate change, hot, damp dry... season or whatever.
Assuming one has enough fuel, would a greenhouse not be the most predictable? You can grow year round and always have fresh produce.
Excuse my ignorance if I am missing something but it sounds to me that this might solve a ton of issues?
If fuel is abundant and size of structure is the remaining issue. What size would the green thumbs on this board recommend for family of four.
Exterior gardening still be an option, but greenhouse being the filler in case of a bad season
I sort of tried this years back on a small scale (9x14).....this is what I found, heating the structure was not a problem (I built a good one), but growing still was and for my area light was the issue, things just will not grow, grow well, or right with the light levels we have through nov, dec, jan, feb. I think the days are just too short and lack intensity.
With that said, with a green house that you can keep warm, then you can extend your growing season right up to nov1. regularly I have been going up to the end of oct picking fresh tomattoes in mine. They may not really be growing much in oct but they are staying fresh on the plant.
Its 4 degrees right now (I just came in) and the temp is forcast to hit 0 c, out in the country it will fall below 0 so that will be a killing frost for much of the gardens around here. So that initself is a good reason for a green house, there could still be many weeks of growing yet with one.
Now if you want to run grow lights, and I suspect a lot of them to provide produce for 4, then I would think yes it should work but I would not want your power bill!
I did try LED grow lights a long time ago, cant remember for sure but roughly 2006-2008 period, they were the new thing at the time that everyone was raving about. I found them a complete waste of my time and money, more upset about the money!.....I don't know if they have improved since but I am sceptical.