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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 03-05-2017, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Need some advice on this one. I live down in SE Texas and while I did successfully keep my potted bananas alive this winter I need to re-pot them and when I do they will grow taller. I have been meaning to put in a greenhouse in the backyard and was probably going to go with one of the 20'x10'x7' that I see advertised on ebay. I would probably replace the plastic covers however. I had a thought today though that perhaps I could dig a pit and put the greenhouse over the top of it to increase the height for tall bananas. Anyone have any experience doing something like this or thoughts on why I should not do it ? If this is in the wrong place let me know.
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Need some advice on this one. I live down in SE Texas and while I did successfully keep my potted bananas alive this winter I need to re-pot them and when I do they will grow taller. I have been meaning to put in a greenhouse in the backyard and was probably going to go with one of the 20'x10'x7' that I see advertised on ebay. I would probably replace the plastic covers however. I had a thought today though that perhaps I could dig a pit and put the greenhouse over the top of it to increase the height for tall bananas. Anyone have any experience doing something like this or thoughts on why I should not do it ? If this is in the wrong place let me know.
There are 4-5 members in the forum whom have done this and have created time lined posts/threads on their successful projects.
Youtube has some informative projects also.

I put a link to some of them. Sorry if I have missed anyone.


.My New Banana House

Mark's Banana Forest Paradise


banana sphere pit greenhouse
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I just finished one about 1/2 that size, but not with a pit. As Matt have point out, other members have constructed greenhouses over 3 to 4 ft deep pits to increase interior height without increasing the greenhouse framing height. An additional advantage reported, is the ground temperature (heat) easily keeps interior temps in the mid 40s without additional heating during very cold freezing temps outside.

Should I need a bigger greenhouse, I would consider building it with a pit.
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Yep, I think I am going to do it. I just have to figure out the ground water level and if that will affect the pit. Almost no one has basements down here so this may be a problem. Might have to remove a tree now that I think about it. Ah well I have 8 months to figure all of this stuff out.
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I live up outside Amarillo,Texas.I grow bananas in my greenhouse,which is 20x30x12,lean to,greenhouse,I have to grow bananas which are the dwarf variety ,I'm growing Raja Puri Cuba Red Dwarf nah wah.I have fruit on trees now,what I wanted to say if you don't make it where the rain water runs completely away,so it does not flood you should be okay,but if they get wet one too many times,you'll just have rotted corms,and I believe you get quite a bit of rain there late winter early spring,as I use to live in Louisiana.
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Yep, I think I am going to do it. I just have to figure out the ground water level and if that will affect the pit. Almost no one has basements down here so this may be a problem. Might have to remove a tree now that I think about it. Ah well I have 8 months to figure all of this stuff out.
Dig a hole 4 ft x 4ft 4 ft deep; cover with a pvc hoops & poly. Then observe water levels during dry weather and after rains for the next 8 months.

In the greenhouse, you can lay a couple of pvc french drains in the pit bottom draining to a sump to be pumped out if flooding might be a problem.
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Should be OK, provided the water table isn't high, and it doesn't flood.
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Yep, it has never flooded here and we have had hurricanes come through.
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Hi, couple weeks ago I found a tour of the Climate Battery Greenhouse at 7200 feet on a mountain in Colorado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKMi4Vlt_Ys
JEROME OSENTOWSKY Indoor Forest Gardens using Climate Battery (Presentation at an event) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-oWAWQYnxI


If you are still plotting, the central rocky mountain permaculture institute might have some pointers for you.

“The Forest Garden Greenhouse” by Jerome OsentowskiHow to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis “The Forest Garden Greenhouse” by Jerome Osentowski
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2 years back I built a 20x12 greenhouse in the ground I store some banana plants in it to keep till spring but grow most out doors this house has performed well above my exceptions the lowest inside night time temperature recorded last winter was 43 F if I remember right with the outside temperature 8F this is with no heat at all I dug a six ft deep 20x12 trench with the track loader and bermed it up an additional 4 ft on the north side then framed the top with 10 in I beam salvaged from an old mobile home frame with I beam rafters on 34 in centers and glazed with 14 salvaged sliding glass double Paine patio doors beaded on the rafters with rtv silicon total cost was about $800.00 would be easier if you had a steep south facing hillside to build it on also keep an eye on drainage the great part was 0 heating cost all winter
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