A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners
Support group for Greenhouse construction, development and Aquaponic Gardening
Location: Greater Atlanta, Georgia area
Latest Activity: May 17
Started by Randy Apr 29.
For those interested there will be an aquaponics workshop at FVSU in Ft. Valley, Ga May 2.…Continue
I'm going. I've been to a couple workshops there for aquaculture I expect a lot of good information will be presented.
??? Any details??
I do not know Joel. You might like to join Gina's group Green Acreas Farm they do commercial Aqua Farming. There is also a group dedicated to commercial Aquaponics. They may have more answers for you. Glad to hear from a another GA gardener.
Hi all, I'm in N.Augusta and am researching a commercial venture into aquaponics although have not convinced myself that its feasible as opposed to hydroponics. Glad to find you guys close by. BTW anyone know what happened to the Joel Townsend operation up in Knoxville area?
Hi Charles, thank you for the welcome! I was just looking at going with the steel conduit and bending it. I think that will be a better option for us. I'll definitely look at Johnnys Seeds.
Johnnys Seeds site on the internet has some great videos on building high tunnel and low tunnel greenhouses. They sell pipe benders for ribs and show how to build simple greenhouses with conduit. The benders were pretty reasonable. They also have a wide variety of hierloom and open pollinated seeds.
Hi Kara I'm Charles and welcome to our group. As far as PVC goes I have seen soom on you tube. I do know one thing about PVC. A PVC mailbox post will give under stress in very hot months. Most GH with PVC are very small. To control cost I would think about starting with a 16x16 and then adding more RIBs later to expand to 32x16. Check on the price of alum. electrical conduit at Home depot. It will be much stronger and it can be bent with the right tool to shape your GH. Either way if you construct you own, be sure to support it with up-right supports. Store bought units may be designed where they don't need them. They are engineerd in that way. Good luck
Thanks Denise! A lot to sort out.
Make your greenhouse with roll up walls and doors on either end. Heat is a big problem here. If you use PVC pipe structure make sure you put duct tape over the pipe where the plastic touches it. A greenhouse manufactorer told me that the greenhouse poly reacts with pvc and will void the warranty of the plastic. The plastic 4 mil or 6 mil sold in hardware stores rarely last for more than one season and is a pain to work with or cleanup once it gets brittle. Atlas Greenhouses or Mega greenhouse superstore are good places to get 4yr. greenhouse plastic or film and supplies. Greenhouse film cost alittle more but lasts much longer, out weighting price difference. If you have access to any old trampoline frames you can make a pretty strong greenhouse frame by remixing the parts. Trash to treasure. I had my tanks and beds in the open until Decemeber. Storms excess water and frost caused issues that had to be dealt with. If you are interested in the trampoline design. Contact me and we can email each other phone numbers. I can better explain how to build it. Most Trampolines are about 12 to 14ft wide are you set on 16ft? I have an arbor build from a trampoline that has been in my yard for at least 15yrs. Hope this was useful.
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