Year Round Residential Inside Grow Systems

Growing food year round from a residential location can be challenging if you do not have the proper facilities laid out to accomplish the task. To do so we want to implement a three phase system for growing 365 days a year.

Phase 1 – Germination Room.

Germination and inside growing practices. Year Round Residential Inside Grow Systems.
A standard 6 foot table with 2 Vipar Spectra 600 Watt (equivalent) LED grow lights.

The Germination Room should be an inside, environmentally controlled space with as few household living disturbances as possible. This small germination facility should contain, heat mats, fans, sufficient grow lights and a way to hang them above, a table, seed starting trays (whichever method you prefer), and of course some excellent soil. See Living Soil Recipe for how to make your own soil.

At Foodscape we use seed planting trays or 1 quart pots full of soil. No fancy plug trays. Just soil and seeds in a plastic tray to contain the water. One the seeds are planted and watered we cover the trays with plastic covers supplied or with saran wrap to keep the moisture in until the seeds start popping. Once the seeds start sprouting, it’s time to remove the saran wrap or plastic cover and start blowing some wind on the new seedlings. The wind will strengthen the plant stalks and dry out your soil as it blows across the trays.

Its important to water twice a day if your wind is drying out your plants. Once the majority of seedlings have popped, it’s time to take them to the next stage. The Hardening Greenhouse.

Phase 2 – The Hardening Greenhouse.

Hardening Greenhouse for seedlings. Phase 2 Foodscape Plan.
Hardening Greenhouse for seedlings. Phase 2 Foodscape Plan.

At Foodscape, in our residential backyard, we have a 10′ x 12′ hardening greenhouse. This greenhouse is outside, the walls are thin, and it requires sufficient heat to keep the ambient temperature above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (ideally). We use two radiating heaters. A heat dish and an old style oil radiator are used for winter heating overnight, with an additional propane heater to boost the temps manually on extra cold nights.

We have several shelves in the hardening greenhouse where we pack together trays of plants that have been singled out for growth in a pot and eventual sale or transplant into the family food production greenhouse or into the outside garden.

Phase 3 – Family Food Production Greenhouse

We will be adding a 10' x 20' greenhouse for full production.
We will be adding a 10′ x 20′ greenhouse for full production. On the left side where the pool sits.

The primary greenhouse should be a larger facility exclusively dedicated to growing the best and brightest plants from your hardening greenhouse into a steady supply of fresh produce for your family. My yard will house one more greenhouse on my 1/8th of an acre of space. My greenhouse will be (it’s not built yet) 10′ x 20′.

My goal with the production greenhouse is to create a massive and effective insulation factor to avoid outrageous heating fuel or electricity expenses. This will be done with thick walled design, high quality windows (maybe triple pane for triple the financial pain lol) to keep the heat from leaking out. For winter production we will be shooting for 70 degrees and above minimum temperature so we can grow warm crops like tomatoes and peppers all winter long.

Having all three of these facilities up and running will allow a diligent gardener to continuously spin out plants for hardening and for full production. Obviously this availability of plants would make sense to sell to others who are also gardening 365 days a year and we want to encourage this mindset for gardeners all over our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Gregory Eddolls
Gregory Eddolls

I was defined by my dad as border-line brilliant. Still don't know what that means exactly, but that's fine. I have big visions of using technology skills of 25 years combined with 20 years of gardening experience to develop a sustainable model for 365 days a year inside grow systems to be used as a stabilizing force in the food sector at a local level for each community.

I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, I.T Consultant, Gardener, Musician and socialite who enjoys being the center of attention, preaching the gospel from God's prophetic Word, and giving an opinion or 50 on every subject under the sun. I view all through the filter of God's prophetic Word.

Been happy in Arizona since 1992, with one foray back east to Ohio, hated it...but loved the people. But too many people. Life should be simpler. More agriculture. More time to make your own food. Prepare your own food.

Gardening in Arizona is more challenging than other more humid areas. And requires a bit more help to maintain abundance in the desert. This is my vision for all who care to embrace it. Grow your own food or help others who grow it, so you are connected to it. Back to basics. Food, Water, Shelter, God. Let us follow His purpose for our lives.

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