Literally. We have hauled in and spread nearly 25 tons of gravel amongst our propagation greenhouse. All of this as part of project “Get rid of muck from the propagation greenhouse.” Danielle and Justin spearheaded this project so if you need advice or help with your propagation greenhouse you should speak with them!
It is such a pleasure working in our propagation greenhouse, not worrying if you will soil your shoes in situations where you simply forgot to wear your muck boots.
Besides getting rid of muck, we love that we have plenty of isle space between benches, it is so easy to navigate with your arms full of flats. Not to mention, we have 8 benches, rather than 3, helping us to better keep our transplants organized. Just so you know, all of our farm profits from last year have been invested in this propagation greenhouse, but it is going to be much more enjoyable working in this space.
Danielle and Justin “Kicked Off” this project the first week of January removing our old propagation benches and landscape fabric. After they were done with this, we started with a clean slate, then finalized a plan to have 8 propagation benches rather than 3, all the while adding a little more growing space.
Our top priority in renovating the greenhouse was to get rid of the “muck” caused because of poor drainage. We must thank Henry French for the engineering phase of this project. He published a book in 1859 titled, “”Farm Drainage”, so we are continuing his tradition here on the farm. If you want advice for a “French Drain”, I would highly recommend Danielle and Justin, who dug trenches around the greenhouse perimeter and in between each propagation greenhouse bench pad just to be sure the water is routed outside the greenhouse. We hope that this drainage will keep our feet dry throughout the season. Danielle and Justin verified that their trenches were sloped, so that the water would flow, by using the transit. After they dug the trenches, we lined each trench with landscape fabric and a couple inches of rock (a.k.a. gravel). We hauled and spread a lot of gravel into these trenches.
After the trenches were completed, Danielle and Justin leveled the pads for each of the propagation benches. We are leveling these pads with the hope of one day implementing radiant heat underneath each propagation bench. Before implementing radiant heat we need to make a little more money off the farm which we hope to do through Farm Vacations. We are reusing the frames from our old benches so before leveling the bench pads, Carl and Justin re-made the frame into 12 foot lengths using our old 24 foot length frames. This gave Justin and Danielle a couple frames for use in leveling each of the 8 bench pads.