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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
I have reworked my greenhouse plans a bit to better secure the grow beds and prevent them from collapsing at some point.
I decided to put raised grow beds perpendicular to the first long one. This helps support the main bed. The ground is sloped in the garden so the raised beds will lean and possibly fall with time. If I had two long parallel grow beds when I would have to support both of them and that would be a problem.
Also by modifying my plan like this I have more sunlight reaching all plants during all parts of the day. The open wall faces due south.
I now have three outer walls of the greenhouse insulated by raised 40 inch tall grow beds by 2 feet thick. This will act as a thermal mass, heating up during the day and radiating heat into the greenhouse during the night.
With the outer walls now insulated I do not need such high raised beds in the center of the greenhouse. So I am building two 4 ft x 6 ft x 13 inch tall grow beds in the middle.
This uses less material to fill the beds as well.
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