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Journal Entries 6/2012 thru 8/2014 Construction – 1

A good number of people who have visited our greenhouse have asked us about the experience of constructing a greenhouse and Aquaponics system such as ours.  Our greenhouse is a 30’W x 96’L (roughly 3,000 sq. ft.) Poly Tex XA300 series greenhouse with a 8’D x 21’L attached vestibule also by Poly Tex which aids in providing bio-security within the actual greenhouse. Our Aquaponics system is a Nelson & Pade Clear Flow C500.

External view of greenhouse looking South/East

External view of greenhouse looking South/East

 

Please understand that these journal entries are not technical journals about the construction of a greenhouse or an aquaponics system. They are simply our personal journals that were kept during the construction of our greenhouse and system. They simply reflect my/our personal experiences, some insight and possibly some amusement. Some are from the actual time of construction while other entries take place after the actual construction was done because we simply could not keep up with it all!

Enjoy!

Early to rise…If only we had really known what that was going to come to mean to us in respects to our new endeavor! Not to be taken wrong or misunderstood its just that as I write this it is 5 am. and I have been up since 4 am. doing research on all kinds of different things. Most days we love it (being up this early) but it would be wrong to not note that it is also essential that we start our days this early. Especially now, as we are starting up construction of the phase one greenhouse. Its only June but still it simply gets to hot too work past 10 or 11 am on our wonderful property here in Camp Verde AZ!!!

Yea, we’re in construction…What a lot of work to be done! Our running joke with BJ is, he just had to go and order the worlds largest tinker toy set! Our barn right now is filled with boxes of various types/sizes of screws, carriage bolts, clips, clamps, nuts, sheet metal, structural metal, assorted thingies (yes that is a technical term) large/medium/small sheets of poly-carb, large rolls of plastic….Well you get the idea.

Off loading the delivery truck

Off loading the delivery truck

 

Parts n Pieces 1

Parts n Pieces 1

Parts n Pieces 2

Parts n Pieces 2

Parts n Pieces 3

Parts n Pieces 3

Parts n Pieces4

Parts n Pieces4

There are plenty more of these packages inside of the barn keeping those assorted boxes of thingies company!

Site plan, what site plan…Our first step is figuring out the exact location for the greenhouse on our property. Once this is done then we need to figure out the grade, clear the site and do our trenching for the under slab plumbing we need. While that’s going on we will also be getting our system consultants and the greenhouse manufacturer on board with providing us with technical details and information for an on slab installation of the greenhouse and aquaponics system. Then we can create the final set of plans that will be submitted to the city and county for our building permits.

 

Raw Site

Raw Site

 

The happy crew.

The happy crew.

Let the trenching begin!

Let the trenching begin!

Install underground plumbing.

Install underground plumbing.

More trenching, please!

More trenching, please!

Enough with the trenching we're done!

Enough with the trenching we’re done!

It took some time to get the concrete slab installed but well worth it!

Finally we are able to get Sonny (our neighbor who is in the concrete business) and his crew scheduled for the slab pour. Though a concrete slab is an expense that would cause some to hesitate due to the cost of putting it in place, it is well worth the effort and expense because constructing the greenhouse and system will be made all the easier by being able to work on a square and level surface. Our only alternative to working off of a slab is doing an on soil installation with post holes. As it is primarily B.J., Bobbie, and myself who will be doing most of the work, the thought of us getting some 50 postholes dug down at least three feet, perfectly aligned ‘n square etc., for setting the associated posts so that they too are square and aligned is more than we’re interested in taking on.  So a big Thank-you to B.J. and Sonny & his crew for the concrete slab!

Ready to begin slab installation.

Ready to begin slab installation.

Concrete on site!

Concrete on site!

The work begins.

The work begins.

Te work progresses.

The work progresses.

Some finishing touches.

Some finishing touches.

So there it is! One square and level concrete slab!

So there it is! One square and level concrete slab!

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

Things are starting to look pretty serious here!

What’s Next….

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