Greenhouse Project-Inside

This has been one tough summer and fall. It seems that the more I worked this year, the further behind I got, Needless to say, my postings the last few months have suffered, or should I say been non-existent. But here I am. In the last few days, I have had a little time to start concentrating again on catching up the the post’s I had planned.

Lots of sun! 72 degrees inside-28 degrees outside with windchill of 15!
Lots of sun! 72 degrees inside-28 degrees outside with windchill of 15!

Several have asked how the greenhouse was coming along, since this was my major project this year. I must say that I am pretty happy with the exterior which completed phase 1. But now we have been focusing on the inside: plumbing, electric, and heat.

These have been major undertakings, but we have now completed them and have added our aquaponics tanks.

AP tanks in GH
AP tanks in GH

We are still in the process of “cycling” our aquaponics tanks to get the proper bacteria forming on the grow media. The ph, nitrites, and and nitrates must be in range before we can add our tilapia stock, but all is coming along.

Few plants in first AP grow bed
Few plants in first AP grow bed

The first tank seemed to be pretty good so I added 5 of my adult tilapia and after 3 days, they are doing very well. We also added just a few plants (herbs) to the grow bed to help with bacteria growth and filtration.

Since the tanks for tilapia must be maintained

Just a few adult tilapia in my first AP tank in the GH.
Just a few adult tilapia in my first AP tank in the GH.

at a constant temperature, I am still using electric heaters to insure the temperature never goes below 70 degrees. Most of the time the tanks are maintained at 85 degrees.

Strawberry Barrel
Strawberry Barrel

I did take the time also to add a strawberry barrel to the greenhouse, so we should have some fresh strawberries before long. That will be a nice addition this winter!

Well with winter setting in on the mid-atlantic region and the almanac calling for a cold, wet winter, I am glad I was able to get this project completed. I can comfortably work in the greenhouse all winter and have some great fresh vegetables and tilapia all year!

Stories on our aquaponics :

First venture

Adventure continues

Gutter garden

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