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Climate Battery Greenhouse Results + How To Increase Pollination In Your Hot House

Climate Battery Greenhouse Results + How To Increase Pollination In Your Hot House



Check out this seasonal heat storage climate battery and incredible greenhouse pollination hack!

In this video Vaden takes us through his greenhouse at Hull Services where he shows us his climate battery and a new garden bed at the front of the greenhouse that solves a major pollination issue that most greenhouses have. Planting a front garden bed with borage is a bee magnet that bring in the pollinators Because the front bed is right next to the inlet vents the bees get sucked into the greenhouse to pollinate the crops inside.

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  1. Curious how well the pollinators do finding their way back out of the greenhouse once they've gotten in? It doesn't help the population much if they can't get back out to repopulate.

  2. Yes, best roofline for the greenhouse. Love this design makes optimal sense. Lots of bee in/outside my greenhouse this year due to the marjoram, sunflowers, marigolds…The fruit trees didn't do too well, not many pollinaters while blossoming…I tries hand pollinating with with a paint brush…I have seabucktorn this year. Borage, roses, lots of poppies, I'm growing more poppies next….Lots of Nanking cherries too.

  3. We use the same principle in our hoop house, in fact one of the herbaceous-layer plants was borage. Many different kinds of pollinators made their way into the hoop house, through the raised sides.

    Here's the problem: they can't get out. The insects get IN through the raised sides, but their natural inclination is to leave by going UP. Right into the plastic "ceiling" of the hoop house.

    How does the featured grower deal with this?

  4. Research Borage. It's edible and lovely in summer tea. Phacelia would be great mixed in there too. And strawberries LOVE Borage. The strawberries taste so much better when grown beside borage. Borage is also a great mulch. If the seeds sprouts, I just pull the plant up and move it or lay it down as mulch.

    And also, plant lots of sunflowers. They are feeding the bees late in the year, and there's research saying sunflower pollen help the honeybees fight the bacteria problems that kill them.

  5. At 3:35 I finally get what you are doing. You are using the thermal mass of the soil to reduce the temperature spread between day and night, and maybe also spread some of the residual heat from summer into the fall. I have a friend who experimented with cold-temperature gardening under glass. Essentially she made insulated boxes and covered them with double-paned glass windows. Many brassicas and plants in the carrot family (celery, parsley) are frost resistant, they can tolerate 0, -1 C. When you grow under glass in cold weather the plants stay alive but don't really grow. She was able to harvest greens well into January (in Montreal).

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