We started building my Aquaponics Greenhouse! Where I live we have a nice, piping hot summer. It is ideal for warmer water fish, like Tilapia. Our winters are fairly mild but are still cool enough that Tilapia would not survive. Because of this, we have had a plan to build a greenhouse over our Aquaponics System for some time now. The problem, as it usually is for anyone in this life, is money.
We looked into buying an Aquaponics greenhouse that would be big enough to accommodate our system but they were a lot of money. Like, thousands… Luckily, we are handy enough with wood and tools and we can build something. For months we batted back and forth several ideas of how to do a sturdy green house on the cheap.
The stroke of genius came about a month ago. We had been discussing framing- ropes, 2x4s, pvc… And suddenly we thought that we could lash 2x4s directly to the metal frame of our IBCs! The IBCs are so loaded down with rock and water that there is no way its going anywhere. 2x4s are sturdy and able to hold weight. Lashing the 2x4s cuts down on the cost significantly. We don’t have to concern ourselves as much with the rest of the frame work.
So, taking advantage of a long weekend, we’ve started lashing the 2x4s to the metal frame of our system. This greenhouse will be designed simply so we can take down plastic during the summer and we can still use the frame work to hold up plants and lattice work.
It wont be a finished product until it actually starts cooling off and we need to put up the plastic sheeting– which will be in about 6 weeks or so. But in the meantime, I’ve posted pictures of the process.
Also, look at how green my garden is! We have several beds that have been pulled up, ready for the next series of planting. My canteloupe plant is taking over the system, my peppers are ginormous, and my leeks are getting so thick I’m salivating thinking of what to cook them in!
If you are interested in buying a small greenhouse or need something quickly, check out my review of Aquaponics Greenhouses here. It’ll give you a good idea of what is out there!