Let Us Eat Let­tuce

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By Sue Mar­low

That is what we have been are able to do most of this win­ter. Not from a gro­cer but from our green­house. The late summer/fall project was build­ing a green­house. It is so lovely I have named it the So­lar­ium Green­house. Mostly my dear hus­band and some dear friends built it, but I was num­ber one helper and feeder of work­ers. This was al­ways planned as a year round green­house so it has some spe­cial fea­tures. The con­crete foun­da­tion is below frost level with cin­der block walls tarred and in­su­lated with two inch thick foam sheets. Out­side it is lap sided with 1x12 rough cut pine from a lo­cal mill. The first cou­ple of rows of sid­ing are cedar. It is about 22 feet by 14 feet wide. The glazed area is about 10 by 22 feet.

We have four rows of con­crete filled cin­derblock which add ther­mal mass to col­lect and store the heat by day on all four sides. There are quite a few milk jugs filled with wa­ter tucked be­tween the cat­tle feed buck­ets the plants are in. These also help mod­er­ate the day and night tem­per­a­ture changes. The rest of the struc­ture is 2X6 frame with fiber­glass in­su­la­tion. The in­side wall cov­er­ing is also pine planks. I touched ev­ery board as I polyurethaned all the wood in­side and out. The mul­ti­col­ored knotty pine is so lovely we wanted to pre­serve its beauty as long as pos­si­ble. There are win­dows with screens for some cross ven­ti­la­tion in summer. The en­try­way is made with a dou­ble door sys­tem to avoid drafts in the win­ter and min­i­mize in­sects fly­ing in as we en­ter. You come in the front door, close it be­hind you and then

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