Posted 3w ago by @LadyStarStrings

Work on the greenhouse continues with the making of some thermal masses, spraying (pet safe) weed killer, and sprinkling snake stopper - only about a month left until the cold starts moving in, and I definitely think I'll be ready for it! πŸ˜‰β˜ƒοΈ

P.S. If anyone else is pulling weeds and the likes to this extent, make sure to give your hamstrings a rest while you do it! It's been about a week, and my hammies are still not happy with me. πŸ˜…
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I don’t have a Greenhouse but WHAT is a thermal mass? πŸ‘€ I think I get the gist of it but where do you put them? How do you use them? I gotta know πŸ˜©πŸ€£πŸ’™
@Localplantlady Thermal masses are basically dark objects that absorb and retain heat that they later disperse when the temperature drops. They're usually big water drums painted black or dark stones, but they can pretty much be anything that captures heat from the sun well. 🌞

Once the greenhouse is ready to go, I'll place these around it to help disperse heat during the winter nights after the sun goes down. I'm planning on two more of these bottles and covering the floor with darker rocks to help keep the temperature steady, and with the caulking I'm planning to do to really seal it all up, this should keep all my outdoor plants nice and cozy through the snow~ β˜ƒοΈπŸ‘

Basically, they're like reverse ice packs or hand warmers to keep your greenhouse warm without using electricity! πŸ˜‚
@LadyStarStrings that’s a good idea. I’ve also seen someone use a trash can full of water and they had an aquarium heater in it. They said it worked really well to heat the greenhouse when cold. But then it needs to be plugged into a power source is the problem
And that looks horrible trying to remove all those weeds. Lol so much hard work. But it was worth it for the end result. I can see why your hamstrings aren’t happy after all that.
@SirLiquorice When I first started looking into a greenhouse, the first thing I thought about was how to heat and light it. With heating, I wanted to go as low-electricity as possible because hoo-boy does that shoot up the bill here in the winter already! 😬

With that and the amount of sun that area tends to get in mind, I figured the thermal masses should have no problem gathering heat to disperse in the night. The water bottles are actually from watering my indoor plants, and we have landscaping rocks at work right now that I get an employee discount on, so it really wound up being the perfect route to take in the end~ πŸ₯°
@SirLiquorice I actually got lucky that the ground was pretty loose due to stone we had down there for kennels in the past, so they came up without too much effort, but all that up and down squatting is what did me in. πŸ˜“

It'll be worth it though once everything's up and ready to go, and that's what I keep reminding myself whenever my hammies scream! πŸ˜‚
@LadyStarStrings that’s so cool! 😯 I might have to look into something similar when it colder here! Maybe like leave the jugs outside in the sun on the concrete and when the sun goes down, bring them in to the sun room πŸ€”

We have a space heater that runs all night because of my plants so maybe something similar to this would help!

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