Permaculture with Jack Spirko Part 14 – Easy Terrace Construction

Today Jack takes us through the construction of terraces. Enjoy!

 

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Cheap and Easy Ways of Extend the Harvest.

Extend you harvest.

Extend you harvest. 

Want to grow vegetables through out the year? Don’t have the money to build a green house? Then this post is for you. Green houses, hoop houses, and cold frames are way to extend the harvest, and have fresh vegetables to eat nearly year round. I’ve been experimenting with a few cheap and easy ideas to grow more food. I am currently setting up a hoop house that is easy to assemble and store away during the warmer weather. I made the frame out of 3/4″ PVC pipe. My design is easy to set up, but in very windy areas may not be ideal. I’ve seen alot of hoop houses connected to a lumber frame. My idea was to keep it simple mobile and above all else cheap. I secure the frame to the ground with large tent stakes I bought in the sporting goods section of Wal-mart.  Following are the steps to setup the frame. My house is about 15′ x 10′, so I needed:

  1. 7pcs 3/4″ PVC pipe 10″ long
  2. 2 3/4″ t joints
  3. 1 3/4′ x joint
  4. pipe glue
  5. clear plastic sheeting (found in the paint section)
  6. 6 large tent stakes.

First lay out your area where the frame will be built 15′ x 10′. At the four corners and midpoint each side drive in one tent stake. Glue two section for the front and back using 2 sections of pipe and one t-joint, and the mid point with two section and the x-joint. Insert the ends  of the pipe into the stakes bending the pipe over like an upside U. Take the last section of pipe and cut it in half. Connect the front section with the middle section (I didn’t glue these together so I could take the hoop house down later). Do the same for the back to middle section. Lastly cover the frame with the clear plastic sheeting. Voila instant hoop house. Be sure to secure the sheeting to the ground. I used large rock from my yard since I have tons of them.

It will look much like this.

PVC hoop house.

PVC hoop house.

I post photos of mine later because I’ve decided to move it to a spot that the land is on better shape. But what if you live in the city. Never fear I’ve got something for you. I durable and super cheap. I ran across these last year. I see lots of the miniature green houses in Wal-mart and online for way to much money. Flimsy plastic top and bottoms for $11 or more. But for two dollars I have clear plastic storage containers. They work great. Just plant small pots into them, get a early start on those tomatoes and pepper plants. Worked good with cabbage and broccoli as well.

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Any other ideas for cheap ways to extend the harvest. Please a comment. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. May the blessings of liberty be upon you.

 

What is Self-sufficiency

Dare to dream big dreams!

Dare to dream big dreams!

What is self-sufficiency? For me its a way of life. Many people complain about their lives. I cannot afford to go out to eat. When in reality they are eyeball deep in credit card debit. I hate my job! But if they would save up some cash, so that looking for a new job isn’t as terrifying. I wish for my family to produce all the needs from the resources that are available. The freedom and peace of mind on knowing where the foods that we are consuming come from. The peace of mind knowing that no matter which government loving politician is in office my family is taken care of. The peace of mind knowing that I have worked hard to build my local community up to where neighbors are more than just neighbors. Because we are all in this together. There will be good times and there will be bad times. When the bad times come we have enough in our head and our pantry to get us through. Self-sufficiency is living a quality of life that is not tied to what is the hottest new gadget that you can’t afford. But to live with a peace of mind knowing that life is a roller coaster, know how to enjoy the ride. No to highs nor to lows, but just rights for the rest of your life. Planning ahead being ready for the hard times is self-sufficiency. No government agency needed. I’m fine thanks. There is a better way to do this. Permaculture is the way. A way of thinking and design. Ethical life design. Quality of life builder. Design your life now, and spend the rest implementing the design. Time to shift from consumers to producers. Time to stop being slaves, and living your dream. Life is a journey, but we walk in the path of our forefathers. May the blessings of liberty be upon you.

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Permaculture is for everyone.

Permaculture is for everyone.

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