For a few years now, I've loved the idea of growing my own food. Starting with small gardens both at school and at home has only made me more excited for spring each and every year. I was constantly watching videos and learning about gardens in amazing places where they grow year round. Here is my problem: How can you be a gardener when the ground is covered in snow 5 months of the year? It is out of necessity that creativity and innovation is born. I decided that growing outdoors from November to March was not viable here in Southern Manitoba. Actually, our climate decided that. So indoors I went; a greenhouse on my yard. To add to my need for innovation, I made some necessities for my greenhouse:
- Needs to grow food throughout the year.
- Must the energy neutral (or energy positive if you count the calories of food)
- Has to be under 108 sq ft. so a permit is unneeded from my municipality.
- Needs to incorporate recycled or re-purposed materials.
- Has to under $2 500.