Overview of the Capstone:
The whole point behind the capstone was to be able to create a garden that was going to be able to help grow and would be carried on by students of SLA if they wanted to try and extend the greenhouse into other possibilities that they might have come up with. We thought that being able to grow plants in a neighborhood we would be able to grow the plants and sell them for a greater cause, such as being able to raise money for teams in SLA like frisbee, baseball or even clubs if we could by selling the products to corner stores or grocery places that were willing to buy some vegetables or fruits and sell them to the public.
Overview of the Water System for the Garden:The point for the water system to be able to have a substantial amount of water to be able to grow the plants and have them grow healthy and stable. I came up with the plan of having a water system run under the soil and have the hose be pinched with tiny holes that would be able to have the water run through the hose and out the little holes being able to go straight to the roots to help it grow. Unfortunately, we couldn’t run a water system under the soil because the greenhouse was not big enough to run one and also the way the soil and garden was made the garden was in the ground causing it a problem to be able to put a hose under it so the way we had to compromise was that we took a big bucket full of water and took cups to be able to pour the water onto the soil to be able to give the plants some type of moisture for them to begin growing.
"Insulating Your Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
This video explains how to construct double walled insulation which is 2 thin pieces of plastic that will cover the greenhouse. The plastic will be about an inch apart an air pump will constantly pump air into the space between the plastic pieces causing it to stay about 3 times warmer in the greenhouse during the colder seasons.
"Irrigation & Watering." Greenhouse Megastore. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/category/irrigation-watering>.
This site sells a bunch of different products that we can use to water our plants automatically so that it will be considered self sustaining so that it wont require constant attention but will still give us great growth results.
"Rainwater Capture on a Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 31 May 2011. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kN_hyHoKhg>.
This video is explaining the use of a rain capture for a greenhouse which collects rainwater and uses it to water the plants. This is very helpful for us since we want it to be self sustaining we wont have to worry about making sure the pumps always have water during the seasons that have a lot of rain.
"Greenhouse Growing: Tips for Basic Greenhouse Cultivation." Mother Earth News. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/greenhouse-growing-cultivation-zmaz11zsto.aspx>.
This site provides tips for for growing in an indoor environment like a greenhouse. It is helpful because we need to know how to treat the plants since we are new to gardening it also explains what plants grow the best during certain seasons.
"Tending a Greenhouse." How to Grow in a Greenhouse: Organic Gardening. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/tending-greenhouse>.
This site breaks down the process into steps that explains how we should construct the greenhouse and how temperature regulation is very important to the health of the plants since we want to make the greenhouse be functioning all year round the temperature inside will be one of our biggest challenges.
"How to Maintain a Greenhouse." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-a-Greenhouse>.
This site explains the steps that are nessecary to keep the plants alive on their own and since we wont be able to tend to them everyday we need a good way to be sure they stay healthy.It also exlains how we will have to choose smart plants that can grow in the same cimate since the greenhouse will all be the same temperature.
"The GreenHouse Catalog." Helpful Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.greenhousecatalog.com/greenhouse-information>.
In this website is helpful because it tells you all the important things that need to be put into a greenhouse in order for it to work and grow all the plants properly. It speaks on the heating, watering, ventilation and everything that has to be set in order for it to work and grow. The amount you give it and how long it is given to the plants.
. Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.advancegreenhouses.com/Greenhouse Information.htm>.
This website lets you know of the different types of greenhouses and which ones work the best compared to the others. Also speaks about the benefits and the reasons that they are used the way they are used. It also speaks on the different types of kits and materials that are used in order to make it all run and work.
"Greenhouse Growing." Greenhouse Gardening Advice. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.greenhouses.net/>.
This blog has a post on anything and everything you might need to know when making the greenhouse.
This website provides many energy saving tips in order to maximize the greenhouse’s efficiency.