Gary’s Blog: Tropical Greenhouses, etc.

November 11, 2014

From Gary

Morning,

Home alone with the dogs..

I was talking with George this morning about irrigation systems and green houses for his agricultural project..  He is getting a government grant irrigation system, and I wanted to be sure he knew what problems and assets were with different systems, etc.  But luckily, he has plenty of past experience, and he knew what he was getting into…  

So then we talked about green houses, which he wants to get into. Here, greenhouses generally don’t need any walls, as it never freezes. They are used to keep excessive rain from causing fungus problems, or to cut the amount of sunlight to allow growing more temperate area crops in hotter climate zones…

But there is a problem with strong winds during the dry season, that come from different cardinal directions at random.. These winds can be strong enough to blow the green tomatoes off of staked plants, and  would turn an under-built greenhouse into a kite in short order…So I will be working on a design,  both to resist the winds, and to be collapsible for the dry season…

This area is unusual, in that it has incredible potentials for small scale, alternative energy projects…  For example; the Banana leaves are all in tatters, a sign of regular and strong winds..

There are also creeks that bounce down the mountains over boulders, with no gravel due to the steep gradients,  And in the dry season, there is clear sky for months on end, allowing substantial solar energy possibilities. And even during the wet season, plenty of diffuse light for flat plate style applications of hot water or photo voltaic panels.. With the climate and soils, this adds up to being a Mecca for back-to-the-lander types…

Currently we are in the land finding process, and have been getting some offers. But, as I told Tami before we even got here, the first offers would be by people hoping to become rich off Gringo stupidity…  this has proven to be correct…But I have also been slipped the information on real local land prices, which allows me to filter the sharks…  And I got that info from more than one source…  For example; we were offered a couple pieces of property, one about 9 acres, it was offered to us at 5.5X the average price of land in the local market… Its distinct assets were minimal, and maybe worth less than 5% of the asking price at most…Fairly humorous to me…that the owner thought a small piece of land in a third world country was worth more than the value of most American’s homes and retirements combined…

Anyway, so we have to out wait the sharks until they go away, and the game fish start showing up… Its a long process, I would guess about a year unless we get lucky…Its like Roulette; we could hit at any time…  Until then, the camping is nice, and we are weaving our way into the local community….

Tami is having a lot of fun learning Spanish, and making regular good progress… her vocabulary is increasing dramatically, and she is sharpening her ears…Soon to be fairly pointy… ; ) 

We both are enjoying the weather, especially after the deserts, and the time in Texas…  Here in the tropical highlands it’s like endless spring and summer…  Come mid December the rain will cease, and it will be cool nights and mornings with sunny days until June… You could literally live without even a roof…. 

I’m personally looking forward to fly fishing the rivers and creeks, they look like trout streams in Oregon…  And I just happen to have fly fishing gear.  ; ) 

Tami is already starting plants in bags, and now learning how to cook on an open fire…  It’s strange for me to see someone who doesn’t have the skills I grew up with.. Modern humans have been so disconnected from their roots by the Lemming race for money… 

 

G

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