The Yellow Farmhouse Garden

March 25, 2011

Greenhouse Plans

Filed under: Greenhouse — bob @ 8:10 am

We’re thinking about adding a small greenhouse here at Yellow Farmhouse.  It won’t be anything fancy and doesn’t have to be very big. I plan on building it myself to keep costs down.

While going through my files I came across a set of plans for a small (8′-6″ x 12′) homemade greenhouse. It measures seven feet from the floor to the center ridge making it easy to walk inside. This set of drawings dates back to 1963 and was developed by Michigan State University and the Department of Agriculture.

It uses 1/4″ treated plywood ripped into strips and laminated together to provide the supports for the walls. The base is made from treated 1×8 boards. The whole structure is covered with a sheet of plastic. Anyone with moderate construction skills will be able to build it.

I’m not sure if this is the one I’ll build. I have some other ideas using materials we already have on hand.


March 3, 2011

Making Maple Syrup at Home

Filed under: Maple Syrup and Honey — bob @ 2:08 pm

February and March is the time for making maple syrup in Michigan. This short season is entirely dependent upon the weather.  Sunny days and cold nights are the weather features maple syrup producers look for.  Under those conditions the “sap is running”.

If you are interested in making homemade maple syrup here is a pamphlet that was developed by the good folks at Michigan State University exactly 40 years ago.  Even though this is an older publication the basic information contained in it is not outdated. 

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