Basement Greenhouse Tour - Growing Winter Veggies!

  • March 16, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Have you tried to buy lettuce and greens at the grocery store and found them unavailable?  Would you like to learn how to create and care for a small indoor greenhouse/growing space where you can grow healthy food indoors during the winter?  Leslie Stevens will teach you how to take a corner of your basement and create a small indoor greenhouse area where you can grow food as well as start your seeds in the spring.  By reclaiming a small 8 foot by 8 foot area indoors you can grow all kinds of things to eat.  Come see one in action.  We are growing lettuce, greens, green beans, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, herbs, leeks, celery and cucumbers in our small 8' x 8' space in the basement.

We ask for a donation of $5-10, payable at the class.

About Leslie Stevens:

I am a UNH Master Gardener and Natural Resource Steward and was introduced to Permaculture through these classes.  I have become very interested in Permaculture and try to incorporate it into my small urban farm (Sidewalk Farms: www.Sidewalkfarms.com) in many different ways.

Several years ago I began wishing I had a way to provide fresh produce for my family in the winter and a better set up for starting seeds in the spring.  Since I live in Portsmouth and don’t have a lot of land, a permanent greenhouse wasn’t really possible, so I started thinking about doing it somewhere inside the house.  The basement seemed underutilized so I started cleaning it out and thinking about how best to use the space.  I ended up building a raised platform on the concrete floor and enclosing an 8 by 8 space with greenhouse plastic.  I purchased several different types of grow lights and began experimenting with different vegetables over the winter.

This is the second winter I have had the greenhouse and have been able to grow lettuce, leeks, celery, greens, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes and herbs in it all winter.  Living on a 1/5 or an acre near downtown Portsmouth poses challenges when trying to grow our own food so we try to maximize our space in many different ways.  We grow food in many different places and are slowly getting rid of our lawn and replacing it with food, forest gardens and animals using Permaculture principles.

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  • Bill L.

    Sorry got a phone call and had to leave without saying goodbye but wanted to thank you big time Leslie for an excellent session. Talk about informative! Based on what I learned in those 2 hours I've gone from kinda sorta thinkin about a basement greenhouse to fully committed. Thanks so much!

    March 17, 2013

    • Leslie S.

      Hi Bill, Thanks for your comments. I am so glad it was helpful and informative. Please feel free to email me with any questions. I enjoyed meeting you. Good luck and let me know how it goes with the greenhouse.

      March 17, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Very disappointed, but I have to drop out...spill over of work into personnal time :(
    (You win some, you loose some)

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • John P.

    Anybody heading over to this going through or coming from Dover? A ride would be really great!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry last minute plan change, hopefully someone on the waiting list can make it

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Amy A

    Hi all,
    We are going to work on offering another date for this so some of you on the waiting list can actually have a chance! Stay tuned...
    Amy

    January 31, 2013

  • Leslie S.

    Hi Greg,

    I am so glad you are coming to the workshop. You are absolutely right. Lights in the basement are much cheaper than heating an outdoor greenhouse. I find I can get away with heat mats to germinate seedlings and then don't have to heat the basement greenhouse at all. Look forward to seeing you in March.

    January 30, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Sounds really great Leslie. This time of year it's cheaper to light your basement than keep a traditional greenhouse heated if you're growing crops that can't handle freezing temps. Looking forward to seeing your setup!

    January 30, 2013

  • Boiester

    excited about this for sure.

    January 30, 2013

  • Jessica

    I'm switching to the March 30, so this should open up a space here for someone else.

    January 29, 2013

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