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(Second) Basement Greenhouse Tour - Growing Winter Veggies & Spring Seedlings!

  • Mar 30, 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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  • Anna K.

    no guest

    March 30, 2013

  • Anna K.

    I just realized that I had put in for a guest to attend, but I do not have a guest for this meetup. Hope it is not too late for someone on the wait list to pop in!!!

    March 30, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I got the "off the wait list" email too late. I won't be able to attend. Thanks for offer.

    March 30, 2013

  • Samantha G.

    I am on the waiting list, but in case I make it I just wanted to note that my guest is NOT coming. I don't know if that matters or not, but I just wanted to mention it in case. :)

    March 27, 2013

    • Samantha G.

      Thanks! I saw I got confirmed. BEYOND excited. If I have to may I bring my son (2.5)? I am going to try and find childcare (will make taking notes a lot easier) but if I can't???

      March 27, 2013

    • Samantha G.

      Whew! I found childcare.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I forgot I was on the waiting list! Unfortunately I won't be able to make it.

    March 29, 2013

  • Cassandra C.

    Something has come up and I will not be able to attend!

    March 29, 2013

  • Kimberly G.

    I accidentally went to the first tour so my spot is open for tomorrow!

    March 29, 2013

  • Debra

    Had a last minute change in week-end plans and can't make it — another space freed for someone!

    March 28, 2013

  • Karen

    I can't go; I didn't realize it was Easter weekend and I have family visiting. I am so bummed!

    March 27, 2013

    • Amy A

      Sorry you can't make it - thanks for letting us know so I can get someone else in!

      March 27, 2013

    • Karen

      Absolutely, I'd hate to see someone on the wait list not go because of me. However, should others drop off and no one on the waitlist is available I'd slide in if there was room for my dad too. He'll be visiting Saturday.

      March 27, 2013

  • Amy A

    A few of you are going to this from the Lee traffic circle area... I encourage you to use this space for planning carpools!

    March 27, 2013

  • Beth B.

    Argh! I've had to reschedule some work due to illness and have to give up my spot for this Saturday. Hope this makes someone on the waiting list very happy. I'll have to wait til October.........

    March 27, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    Can't wait!

    March 24, 2013

  • Sherri N.

    Sorry I'm not going to be able to go on the 30th. Hope someone else can take my place.

    March 17, 2013

  • Beth B.

    Hi all, I just found out that it's going to be just me, my "guest" can't come after all so does that open up a space for someone else?

    March 11, 2013

  • Susan B.

    My apologies, but I have to cancel out for this time. I look forward to the next one!

    March 6, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    this sounds fantastic

    February 3, 2013

  • Amy A

    Hey all,
    We will schedule more for the fall, and more for the winter, and next spring, too - if Leslie has time, of course!! - until all who want to go get to. So, please don't get too frustrated, we'll do our best to rise to the interest level here!
    Thanks for your feedback that Oct does sound good.
    Amy

    February 2, 2013

  • Karen

    There were 2 dates? Bummer, did I miss that? How does one move from waitlist to attending should openings occur?

    February 2, 2013

    • Amy A

      The site will automatically move people from the waiting list to the "yes" list if a spot opens up.

      February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event sounds great, but I also would like to do it next fall to prepare for the next winter season.

    February 2, 2013

  • Suzanne B.

    I would love a workshop in October. I'm on the waitlist for the 16th, but just realized that's the day I have to visit my son's school. :(. I think it would be awesome to see the beginning of the winter growing season!!

    February 2, 2013

    • Karen

      I too am open to one in Oct.

      February 2, 2013

  • Leslie S.

    Hi Everyone,
    I echo what Amy wrote below. We are absolutely thrilled and amazed by the response to this workshop. It appears that even with 2 workshop dates now there are still at least 9 people on the waiting list. We will definitely try to offer this workshop again. If people are interested maybe we could offer it in October with a focus on what to start in the indoor greenhouse at the beginning of the winter growing season. If there is interest in that type of workshop please let us know so we can be sure to put it on the schedule. In the mean time for those who were unable to sign up for the currently scheduled workshops I will try to pull together some references and information for you. So stay tuned. That might take me a day or two. Again, thanks to everyone who is interested in learning more about this topic and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

    Leslie

    February 2, 2013

    • Samantha G.

      Thank you! I would absolutely be interested in an October workshop. That sounds awesome. :) And thank you for trying to pull together information. I am very excited to learn more. :)

      February 2, 2013

  • Amy A

    Hi all,
    We are amazed and thrilled with how many of you are interested in this meetup! We hadn't expected such a great response. It's a great idea to look for some written info... I don't know of any, but hopefully Leslie can help with that. And, I doubt we can fit another of these in this spring, but be sure we will offer it again in the future!
    Amy

    February 1, 2013

  • Samantha G.

    I need to get the app for my phone. I couldn't connect or reserve in time. Does anyone know of links for information on this type of set up if I don't get to go? Thanks so much!! :)

    February 1, 2013

  • Samantha G.

    Thank you! We are very excited!!

    February 1, 2013

  • julia

    great idea

    February 1, 2013

  • Beth B.

    Thanks for adding a second day so we could go too! Looking forward to it.

    February 1, 2013

  • Amy A

    Suzanne, that's fine. There will possibly be some juggling around of who's going when, so do hang on to that waitlist spot and we'll see what happens!

    February 1, 2013

  • Suzanne B.

    I can't make this date, but would like to stay on the waitllist for the previous date. Thanks.

    February 1, 2013

  • Boiester

    Sounds great, thanks!

    February 1, 2013

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