The Mud Hub Enchanted Greenhouse is a durab le kit designed to increase gardening succe ss by providing what plants need: go od soil, sufficient water, protection from critte rs and loving care.
Installation provided locally to 75 mil es. Do-It-Yourself options are available. See o ur website, www.mudhubgreenhouses.com for more details or ca ll 505/670-6370. Interested in becoming a M ud Hub Preferred Builder? Contact us to g et started.
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As owner of Mud Hub Greenhous es, I have had moderate success in tryi ng to interest schools in purchasing o ur greenhouses for learning and growing purpos es. When discussing this prospect with decisi on makers at schools, I was surpris ed to learn that one of t he obstacles is the lack of resour ce teachers who are available and knowledgeab le enough to guide students during a nd after school hours. After all, we kn ow teachers work long and hard in to the evening and are undercompensated f or their efforts.
Now there are ma ny books on gardening, as well as materia ls online that suggest ways to produ ce successful gardens year-round. As a garden er first, I decided to produce an easy-to-re ad document that could guide students wi th minimal supervision. In going through th is exercise, it became apparent that th is could be useful to any garden er, as a gardening guide. In creati ng this, I leaned heavily on a cit ed resource, coupled with my own vegetab le growing experiences. Look for t he Year-Round Planner for Growing Vegetables, highlight ed in green, at the top of t he following link:
As a bonus, includ ed in this post is a gui de to what to plant https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendarand wh en in your area. Just enter yo ur location at the top of t he following link and see your optio ns for fall and spring planting, bas ed on frost dates, sun and mo on settings:
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Local gardener turns green thumb in to a blooming business Rod Gesten turned his hobby in to a craft by becoming a mast er gardener and combined his professional skil ls to start Mud Hub Greenhouses, a compa ny that sells greenhouse kits.
Pictured are views of a M ud Hub Greenhouse, assembled this week. It is t he interior & exterior of a 2 8' garden structure with space for too ls & potted plants and two mea ns of access. Owners of our uni ts enjoy the low tech easy to u se gardening solution to the specific challeng es of growing in the Southwest U .S. and practical anywhere else. For mo re information, go to: www.mudhubgreenhouses.com
Pictured are views of a M ud Hub Greenhouse, assembled this week. It is t he interior & exterior of a 2 8' garden structure with space for too ls & potted plants and two mea ns of access. Owners of our uni ts enjoy the low tech easy to u se gardening solution to the specific challeng es of growing in the Southwest U .S. and practical anywhere else. By t he way, another splendid job by t he crew. For more information, go to: www.mudhubgreenhouses.com
Carrots overwintered & harvested in a M ud Hub Greenhouse
The Wild Friends proposed bill initiat ed in the New Mexico State Sena te to potentially fund outdoor learning a nd structures on school properties. As proponen ts for students learning how to gr ow food, we at Mud Hub Greenhous es are very excited about the prospe ct of having State backing for progra ms like this. Please support its passa ge in New Mexico and advocate f or programs like this in your Sta te. See link below:
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Honey, I shrunk the greenhouse.
What makes some vegetables hard to grow?
As February approaches each year, I consid er what to grow during the cour se of the year. To no surpri se, it is basically the same as t he year before. I tend not to t ry to grow certain vegetables in my ho me greenhouse because the soil is t oo acidic or the climate won’t perm it sufficient maturation. Regardless, I get tempt ed to go out of my comfo rt zone and try a crop I haven ’t attempted to grow before.
So tod ay, curiosity got the best of me a nd when I decided to explore a consens us on the web of the harde st vegetables to grow. Among those, artichok es are the only one I h ad tried that appeared on everybody’s li st. I planted roughly a dozen. Th ey all propagated and not one ma de it past the seedling stage.
T he article at: https://mudhubgreenhouses.com/greenhouse-kit-assembly-guide/ explains why. I ha ve posted this link to offer mo re information on specific plants. The li nk also comes with an interactive to ol to guide your own garden planni ng.
On Fri, Dec 17, 2021 at 4: 26 PM a recent Mud Hub Greenhou se owner wrote:
Hi Rod. Just thought y ou would like to know that o ur greenhouse held up to the rece nt high winds. I was in L os Alamos on Wednesday AM so I ju st drove in today. A few of t he white clips came off but otherwi se fine. That was crazy! Thanks aga in, Kurt
This was our first installation in Ta os, New Mexico. As can be se en, Taos has wide open plains whi ch makes it ripe for very hi gh winds without blockage and a re al test for our units to s ee how they stand up.
We love it when people ta lk about how happy they are wi th our greenhouses and how it ad ds to their lives. For more informati on, see our newly refreshed website: www.mudhubgreenhouses.com
A new owner of a M ud Hub Greenhouse, build in 2021 in Placit as, New Mexico, is excited about h is new gardening experience.
Mud Hub Greenhouse in New Mexi co A happy homeowner in Placitas, N ew Mexico is delighted with his n ew Mud Hub Greenhouse
We are proud to announce th at our Mud Hub Greenhouse business h as drawn interest from the educational compone nt of correction facilities. Here we a re dropping off greenhouse kits to be construct ed by inmates and facilities staff.
The engineering students at Santa Fe Hi gh are knocking this Mud Hub Greenhou se out. Shown here is a progre ss photo from the raised beds post ed earlier. They are about at t he half-way mark and moving forward.
Last summer my company, Mud H ub Greenhouses, sold a 12' x 2 0' greenhouse do-it-yourself kit to Santa Fe ( NM) High School. Different than most ki ts we provide for others to bui ld, we provided all of the materia ls, including the lumber and door. T he program leader advised us that it wou ld be used for educational purposes, wi th the engineering students following our assemb ly guide to build the unit a nd the horticulture students doing the actu al gardening. As of several weeks a go, they completed the raised beds, pictur ed in this post. More photos wi ll be on the way, as th ey are up to the door installati on. Tell us what you think!
We get so much pleasure wh en our greenhouses enrich peoples' lives.
One of o ur owners sent photos of her boun ty and here is what she wrote:
"T he greenhouse has been my sanctuary. So gratefu l!"
Have you ever walked through a nurse ry greenhouse thinking, “I wish I h ad one of these?” Now you can.
Ha ve you ever thought, “Why am I teachi ng basics of gardening, horticulture or agricultu re from a classroom?” You don’t ha ve to.
Imagine what it would be li ke to have access to your o wn fresh organic food or to tea ch food production in an outdoor classro om within your facility.
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Late winter and early spri ng are not the only times to be thinki ng about starting seeds for new cro ps. Mid-summer is also a good ti me, as harvests are ready. Before lettuc es, peas and beans bolt, I li ke to plan & prepare replacement cro ps for a fall garden. Below a re a list of mistakes I’ve ma de in planting seeds directly in ground.
Overwateri ng: Seeds require just enough water to moist en soil. Prevent “dampening off” or ro ot rot by not overwatering.
Planting depth: Planti ng too deep decreases chances of propagation.
Overcrowdi ng plants: Sow 3-4 seeds in a p od or pot. Thin out all b ut the healthiest plant at recommended spaci ng to promote root growth.
Transplanting: Wait unt il the second set of leaves fo rm before moving to a larger p ot or location.
I’ve had good success by placi ng seeds in damp paper towels a nd sealing them in baggies under a la mp or by a window. Root developme nt and initial leaves can be se en in as little as 4-5 da ys. I then plant in little po ts before transplanting when it’s time. Th is allows for enough preparation time to suppla nt harvested crops in my garden. #planti ng
Have you ever wondered why plan ts struggle to grow in soil th at is too compacted? Here is an artic le explaining how to amend your so il to allow air, water and nutrien ts help grow better gardens.
We are proud to have complet ed two Mud Hub Greenhouses for San ta Fe Public Schools. Each are 1 2' x 20' and will provide go od foundational agriculture learning experiences for studen ts when schools open. Can't wait to s ee these vegetable gardens flourish. #mudhubgreenhous es
ODE TO A GOOD CREW
It’s be en proven that the design of anythi ng, whether a building, park or produ ct is just a first step in contributi ng to the built environment and socie ty. The transformation of those dreams in to reality is contingent on a cle ar construction process that is efficient, repeatab le and quality consistent.
As own er and designer of Mud Hub Greenhous es, I was ill prepared for a ny of the above prior to o ur first build in 2017. I believ ed these greenhouses could fill a vo id in gardening markets. But there I w as, in the field with just o ne carpenter, trying to mentally construct an assemb ly guide as we were doing it. It was hot and we we re both frustrated. Certain ideas I h ad were going to work, others weren ’t.
After working with carpenter friends on sever al dozen projects, a process gradually evolv ed. We found connectors that were durab le and saved time and energy. We wro te a detailed assembly guide that c ut the assembly time down from 6 da ys to a little less than t wo. More and more of the tas ks were completed in the controlled setti ng of a shop, rather than o ut in the field where weather a nd site conditions were a factor.
With t he rising demand for these units, anoth er problem arose. Hiring individuals on a ne ed basis did not guarantee availability to wo rk. This could possibly be avoided by findi ng crews that were used to worki ng together, had other work and cou ld use our projects as a fi ll in, with advanced notice. there wou ld be commitment to a project, a bui lt in camaraderie and a skill lev el needed to install these greenhouses.
I fou nd one such crew this year. It ’s been everything you could want. Th ey are an energetic, motivated, and f un to work with on a jobsi te. Their leader, Henry Adame’ of Adam e’ Builders, multi-skilled and is challenged by h ow efficiently he can use his personn el to challenge completion times of previo us greenhouse installations. In keeping with pa st skilled tradesmen before him, Henry is alwa ys thinking of ways to improve t he flow of activities on the jobsi te, as shown in a photo, as we ll as the pride they have in wh at they produced. Prior to posting, o ur last project together began at 7:00 AM and was finished by 1:00PM th at afternoon. (They went on to anoth er project).
My goal is to ke ep Henry busy and to seek cre ws like his to train and wo rk, so we can help home gardene rs, school programs, and other institutions outsi de of Santa Fe, NM. Interested parti es should look at our website, fi nd the assembly guide and contact us at: www.mudhubgreenhouses.com
HOW GARDENING CAN ADD YEARS TO YO UR LIFE
The first greenhouse garden I ev er had, some 8 years ago, eventual ly inspired me to pursue greenhouse k it design and construction as a busine ss. I didn't know how it wou ld work out. But what I d id come to realize was that I w as benefiting from gardening in ways I nev er imagined. A friend sent an artic le that I'd like to share. It succinct ly enumerates some obvious and not so obvio us ways that gardening can help peop le live longer lives. It's a qui ck read to share with others, if y ou care to.
I know you haven't heard fr om us in a while, actually sin ce October 2020 when our page w as hacked and I was removed as administrat or. Since then, I have been tryi ng to work with Facebook in restori ng my role on this page a nd I have great news: the pa ge has been restored to the origin al ownership and I will be posti ng helpful gardening information and the progre ss we are making as a compa ny regularly again. After a merge of a pa ge called Mud Hub Greenhouse Kits wi th this page, we hope to chan ge the name of this page to M ud Hub Greenhouse Kits so there is no confusi on as to who we are a nd what we offer. To our ma ny followers, thanks for your patience a nd hope to converse with you so on. Rod
Sean Mary Helen Johnson is an incredib ly gifted artist and delightful person (cactusflowerstudio.com) w ho lives in Santa Fe, NM. O ne can sense the breadth of h er imagination just wandering through her ho me and multiple gardens. We also sha re something in common. Both of us ha ve reinvented ourselves from previous careers a nd have followed our passions.
On Octob er 6, we completed a 12’ x 1 2’ Mud Hub Greenhouse for Sean. Th is project spawned a couple of firs ts for us, a greenhouse size we hadn ’t built before and a new cr ew to “train”. Andrew and Ezequiel we re a joy to work with, as o ne might surmise from the photos. Th ey are also very competent and talent ed. We completed the project in t he two days it normally takes.
Wh at an honor to have been select ed to contribute to this wondrous ho me.
By the way, for you han dy people out there, our 2021 Assemb ly Guide has just been posted on o ur website: mudhubgreenhouses.com
Take a look and te ll us what you think!
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