The building begins
Aquaponic tanks made from used plastic IBC totes. I halled them on the Interstate with my truck.
Here are tanks in place, tiered down to work with gravity. Plant tank, clam tank, fish tank. Aquaponic tray not yet installed.
Plant tank with edible and useful species
Garden raised bed construction. We reused granite curbs for a wall and thermal mass.
Plants, vermicompost walkway, granite stone wall/seat.
By December we had luxurious growth. Mostly hardy greens as understory to Chilian Guavas, Citrus, Tree Collards, Hardy Avocado, Dwarf Banana, Dwarf Papaya.
Mushroom logs started outside the year before brought into the bioshelter to soak in the tank and flush shiitake.
Grand central 12 volt DC power station. Solar powered switches, timers, controller with battery for pumps and fan.
Summer glory, almost done.
Our first snow. 39 degrees in, 19 degrees out.
So, here we are. The first post of what may be the beginning of a future book on backyard scaled bioshelters. Inspiration for the book coming from experiences building a passive solar greenhouse in my backyard. Over the next 12 months I will be blogging about the trials and tribulations, successes and challenges, as well as pictures of the project along the way. There’s already been 10 months of planning and building throughout 2012. For 2013, posts will focus on how the bioshelter is thriving on the inside, and effected or not by the environment around it. We welcome you to follow our great adventure, and encourage more posts. In a years time, a book could be the result.
Thanks for tuning in!