Our first greenhouse was entirely plastic, a snazzy do-it-yourself kit Darren ordered online for about $1,600. Although he later called it a “toy”, Darren built a foundation for the 8’ by 12’ greenhouse and filled the north wall with black 55-gallon barrels to retain heat. Rather than building a stand-alone greenhouse of plastic, you can have a sturdier, less-expensive and warmer greenhouse of real wood, metal and glass by attaching it to a south-facing wall of your home or other building. Using some scrap material, old sliding glass doors and windows, and as few purchased supplies as possible (cinder blocks, wire cloth, 2x4s and roof tin), we built such a greenhouse last fall for about $400.
So far, these no-cost methods have kept the greenhouse at a perfect temperature for spinach, lettuce, kale, mustard greens, radishes and bok choy.
Once the ground was smooth and level, we built a foundation of cinder blocks topped with 5-inch x 5-inch beams. To keep out moles and other dirt-digging rodents, Darren “sewed” together two pieces of quarter-inch hardware cloth by weaving a wire along the edges of two pieces. We added plastic (oops, there’s that word again) landscape edging along the inside of the foundation at soil level, but only because the edging was given to us and will help keep wet soil away from the lumber. We carted home our used sliding glass patio doors from a junk shop for $10 each and $5 for a window, although I have heard of people just giving them away.
Our used patio doors are about 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall, the perfect size for three along the south face and one on the west.
An old 70-gallon stock tank we found for $20 in the local thrift store sits under a downspout where, in winter, it stays full of nutritious rainwater. Our first glass greenhouse here, a lean-to Darren built along his shop in late 2011, supplied us with delicious, organic greens from mid-December until May. Even if you hire someone for the actual construction project, round up some used windows or doors for a real greenhouse. The best part of projects like this for us is being able to do all if it ourselves, keep recycled building materials out of landfills and put ourselves another leap toward self-reliance. A 1-person, 72-hour survival kit packaged in a durable nylon carrying bag and designed for the car.
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He eagerly awaited the day the UPS truck showed up with the soon-to-be mega-veggie-growing house. All winter long, it provided more than enough greens for our heaping, twice-daily salads, and cost a fraction of that plastic model.
Attaching it to the house, we used less materials and the greenhouse needs no artificial heat.
We banked the blocks on both sides with some of the excavated clay to keep them in place during construction. The wire-cloth base may not be necessary in all parts of the world, but, here it is absolutely the difference between us crunching on spinach or crying over our empty salad bowls. Darren put on the tin roof while I painted the interior walls glacier white, snow-blinding bright. The east side has a homemade wooden door and another used window, about 3-feet wide and 6-feet tall.
By the time it got too hot in the greenhouse to grow food, our raised beds outside started producing.  So, the greenhouse became a large and super-efficient compost bin. A former newspaper editor and reporter, Holliday blogs for Mother Earth News, sharing her skills in modern homesteading, organic gardening and human-powered devices. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else.
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Like a kid at Christmas, Darren ran out to help the delivery man with the boxes, thinking they’d weigh a ton.
The temperature in our part of the Missouri Ozarks rarely gets below 0, but, on really cold nights, we set the pail of woodstove ashes in the greenhouse for extra warmth. I’ve heard, too, that a few candles will produce enough heat to keep the tender plants from freezing, although we haven’t needed to try that trick. I thought we’d keep the excavated dirt for greenhouse soil, but it was mainly clay and rock, so was used elsewhere. With a roof overhead, we headed to the woods with a wheelbarrow for topsoil, which we mixed with some of last year’s compost. The old porch window opening is now a very handy, narrow doorway leading from the porch into the greenhouse with only a scruffy wool blanket as a door.
We also lined the wall behind the shelf with aluminum foil to reflect even more light onto the seedlings.
I let the water warm up to the greenhouse’s ambient temperature before watering so the plants aren’t shocked by ice water. We kept it damp with rainwater, and in just 2-3 weeks our peelings and whatnot became compost – many weeks ahead of the outdoor compost pile, and without rodents. Our challenge was joining a square and level greenhouse onto a very un-square and out-of-level old porch. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced. When mixed with concrete and rammed full of earth, these strange looking homes become a shinning example of sustainable building. You may be forced to travel great distances and endure extreme weather conditions as you walk to a safe location or to meet up with loved ones.
They had electricity so he had a fan, but at those temps it wasn't cool by any stretch of the imagination.
I would love to do something like that, but in spite of all my efforts towards simple living, I'm still a clothes horse who needs a lot of closet! Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. But now that we’ve all been reminded that nuclear accidents can happen, nobody is laughing anymore. First there's getting the container and then there is the actual conversion of it into a functional home.
My hope is that nuclear preparedness becomes a topic we’re more comfortable talking about again. However, Curbly member and shipping container aficionado Daniel Sokol recently let me know that he is doing the hard parts for us. The thick dense walls provide thermal mass, which naturally regulates the interior temperature of the home. Even well-intentioned documentaries like Countdown to Zero tend to leave the viewer with a total sense of dread and hopelessness. Even in the harsh desert southwest, Earthships can be built to provide you with all the water, food and electricity you need to live off the grid.Water CollectionEarthships are built to collect and store water from the local environment.
The truth is that reactor accidents and blasts areA survivable because radioactivity diminishesA faster then we might think. After the initial incident those that stayed sheltered would be left to rebuild, just like those who survived theA bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Life would eventually return to a level of normalcy.A misunderstanding ofA half-life might also be contributing to theA general confusion about radiation. If you built houses, walls and landscaping from tyres, the money you’d receive would pay for your land! A useful analogy for understanding the nature of radiation is to think of it as heat you can’t see, feel, hear, taste, or smell. The farther you are away from any heat source, and the more stuff between you and the heat source, the less likely you are to be burned. Most are in the Taos, NM area, but they have many videos of building in other countries, especially those with less strict building codes. One drawback I have seen is the layering of tires does not allow for electrical runs straight down, which some codes forbid the wires routing zig-zag through the tire wall. This is a good tactical strategy to know in an emergency but also a good visual teaching tool for understanding what is needed to shield yourself from radiation.As you can see from the illustration above, typical homes provide little protection against radiation. Lead provides the thinnest wall while packed soil provides the most cost effective wall, albeit at 3-feet thick compared to 4 inches of lead. The walls are thin and have virtually no mass.The second house (center) represents an earthen home, like an adobe or earthbag home with a conventional roof. The thick walls would provide a lot more shielding than the stick-framed home, but the roof would still allow radiation from any airborne fallout to penetrate the home from above.The third house (right) has 2-foot thick concrete walls and dome masonry roof.
Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable (December 2010), The New York Times revealsA that the U.S.
If radioactive material gets into your bloodstream through a cut, eyes, mouth, etc, it can’t be washed off. To build an underground shelter like this would require some careful engineering and construction expertise – so please do not attempt to build a shelter solely from what you read here.


At one end is a set of fold-down bunks that could double as seating space when the family is not in bed. The toilet end of the entryway would be as well shielded from radiation as the main shelter but would provide a little more privacy from the main shelter. So the air entering the shelter must be filtered to prevent fallout particles from being carried inside. Some suggest that one micron filters be used but others sayA 90-degree turns in hallways and ducts are sufficient. A non-electric ventilation option is aA Kearney Air Pump.The doors and hatches would need to be vented to allow the cross ventilation. Low voltage fans would be needed to keep the air moving.A Air would enter the shelter through the rear (smaller) entrance. Both entrances would provide a space for washing-off contamination before entering the shelter. The runoff water would need to be carried away by a drain or pumped outside since it would contain radioactive particles.This brings up the issue of electricity. In an actual emergency the likelihood of the electric grid going down is high; so this tiny shelter would need to be completely off-the-grid and powered by external solar panels or human power.
Solar panels would run the risk of being covered with fallout, so some kind of human power generator backup would need to be available.
The reliance on electricity would need to be limited to lighting, ventilation, and communication simply due to the lack of power.Another item to stock would be heating and cooking fuel. WhileA subterranean structures naturally regulate their temperature, they are not typically warm unless some kind of passive solar heating or artificial heat source is used. In a space this small the occupants’A body heat may actually make the interior fairly hot after some time has passed.
They’ll probably be modifying their current homes or building outbuildings with more shielding than their current homes. My intention is to help educate and help lessen the taboo on the topic of nuclear disaster preparedness.
There is a wealth of information out there on non-nuclear disaster relief and I’ve blogged many times brainstorming solutions right here on Tiny House Design. But you must also admit you might be a bit biased as an insider.The bottom line is that non-renewable energy like nuclear, oil, coal, natural gas, are killing us.
However, many people in the immediate vicinity of the reactors have been experiencing levels of radiation over the past couple of weeks that will most probably damage their health and possibly cause their death eventually.
Some of the workers sent into the damaged reactors have already had to be hospitalised because of the dangerous dose of radiation they were submitted to.
They are also worried because in many countries there are nuclear reactors that were built a few decades ago and don’t have the high standard of safety that they ought to have. Japan isn’t the only earthquake zone in the world, and many countries are revising whether the reactors in their own countries could withstand a similar natural catastrophe. I thank those who give the information, it shows they care about others enough to take the time to do it. Also: If Japan, the United States, or Europe retreats from nuclear power in the face of the current panic, the most likely alternative energy source is fossil fuel. The sole fatal nuclear power accident of the last 40 years, Chernobyl, directly killed 31 people. By comparison, Switzerland’s Paul Scherrer Institute calculates that from 1969 to 2000, more than 20,000 people died in severe accidents in the oil supply chain. More than 15,000 people died in severe accidents in the coal supply chaina€”11,000 in China alone. This is safety for something completely different and has great purpose when you see the direction that this world is going. Your point is completely invalid to this topic, nonconstructive and unwanted.Reply David Reed saysMarch 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm THANK YOU MICHAEL!!!
Include board games, books or magazines and dynamo-operated flashlights in the inventory of the shelter. Check the expiry date of stored food at least once a year and make sure it’ll still be edible if you ever end up having to use it. Consider a way to have a working radio in the shelter (maybe have the antenna go through the air vent?), or how will you know when it’s safe to get out?Btw, Michael, I like how you actually have an extra room for the toilet. My grandparents had a chemical toilet standing in the corner of their shelter, with a shower-curtain around it. The earth arching you have in the design will help, but being constructed of concrete (even reinforced) it’s not the best design to mitigate ground shock.
Which would force you out into the fallout.The best blast shelters are made from either fiberglass or corrugated steel, and are designed to flex some under ground shock conditions. If you’ve got a stick-built house with a basement, consider putting on a steel roof with a water pipe at the top, so you could wash fallout down the roof, into the gutters and into a cistern.
You’re probably thinking more about your friends, loved ones and the rest of your community outside the shelter who are more than likely dead.



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