Alright, I admit it, this year has been a crap load of work and it took all year to get to where we are..
But where are we?
Well, lets go over some stuff.
The front yard has been completely redone. Grass out, Trees out, Rock in, Fruit Trees in and a new growbed ready for next years creation. Add to that the solar powered water capture aeration and watering system to round things off.
Yes, that took some time, effort and money. It also stalled us out on the back yard a little bit.
But now the back yard.
We have the new greenhouse up and wrapped.
For this year we are going to stick with the plastic wrap and look at the insulated panels and 3 ply poly-carbonate for the walls and roof for next year.
The new build, although only 30 inches larger on two sides offers up an incredible 4 times the growing space over the last greenhouse.
It did not take long to start putting in grow beds and start sorting out where everything is going to go for the next grow season.
We still need to do some rebuilding on the fish tank covers and redo a bunch of plumbing as well as create a couple of swirl filters, but everything is starting to come together in a big way.
For the immediate projects, I still have the door to complete (I ran out of material to complete the build) but I have hopes that will be done by tomorrow afternoon. At that point I will call the greenhouse build completed until spring when it will be the green house implementation that will take over!
Be prepared that will be a show and a half if I have anything to say about it!
So on to other new stuff.
Not aquaponics, but again lifestyle related, we have gotten ourselves a new vehicle. This is not just any vehicle however, we purchased an Electric Vehicle in the form of a 2016 Nissan Leaf SL.
The 170 KM range per charge means that Donna can go back and forth to work all week on a single charge and 100% emission free.
This car combined with the solar we have on the garage means we can run the vehicle for virtually nothing but even if we had no solar on the roof of the garage, the vehicle would cost us around $1.34 per 100 KM including tire wear.
We have said goodbye to gas stations, green house gas pollution, noise pollution (the thing is honestly silent), expensive gas, oil changes, tune ups and expensive mechanics all in one shot.
We were a little worried about the transition at first but are now 100% sold on the fact that electric vehicles are the wave of the future and work for 87% of all vehicle owners.
So, where are we?
The front yard is lower maintenance and more environmentally friendly and offering up more spaces for growing food.
The Greenhouse is very close to being completed and ready for implementation for next year with a lot more room for growing and teaching.
The new electric vehicle has us on a road of even greener futures and ties into our closed loop lifestyle.
Overall, I would say we are in a great place!
News and event updates!!
For those interested in electric vehicles, this week is National Drive Electric week. There are events being put on in both Calgary and Edmonton where you can check out electric vehicles, go for a ride and meet some very cool people.
Calgary’s is being held on Saturday September 17, 21016 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ikea Parking lot in Deerfoot Meadows.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/201601196920833/
Edmonton has their event on Sunday September 18, 2016 at 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Rock-N-Wash 4803 55 Ave NW.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197962170255953/
Another meeting of the crazy people doing crazy stuff in the back yard! Hope to see you at the face to face meet up!
For those wanting to talk Aquaponics, we have our Face to Face Meetup taking place this Sunday September 18, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Clarion Hotel (2120 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB)
Hope to see you folks at the events!