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A hoop greenhouse made from cattle panels INSIDE your greenhouse might work. Your work surfaces along the sides of the big greenhouse could be made of black water containers that would store heat collected during the day. You could make cheap solar water heaters that you place outside the greenhouse that heat the water in your barrels.
This is a lot of work to move the plants every night.
Thumbs down for weird staring wife.
Maybe some black mulch on the floor too.
So my greenhouse is not a tall tunnel it is an actual cabin that was built into the 1930s with the green plastic walls so it's wood framed but then where wall would be it has that plastic corrugated stuff yeah so I kind of keep liquid in there just to gauge cuz this is my first year actually being able to use this moving on to this property so like yeah my milk did freeze I keep it out there my my shelf milk just a gauge what I'm going through and we were at 0° and it froze so then we're at 30° and it's fine so I don't know what to do I know I got a lot of stuff I'd like to get started but we're not going to see the ground for about to May boy we've got 6 ft of snow right now I'm in Northern California so I don't know what to do
This is such a great idea.
We love your show. I am a senior citizen and take your advice. I am very happy for what you teach. You have great ideas. During this pandemic, I see that it is necessary.
Line the inside of the box with either foiled backed styro or foiled insulation on the side walls . I believe if you do that you could control the heat with a portable thermostat plugged to the light source. Which may allow a reduction of cost for electrical use .
This is an awesome idea!!!
where do you guys live?
her dimples are adorable!
This is a slightly permanent solution but you could use some of the beautiful Missouri clay to build a short cob wall along the length of the greenhouse. The cob will absorb and retain heat from the sun during the day then slowly release it at night to keep things nice and toasty inside all without needing to spend money on electricity or having to move your seedlings. To keep the cob from overheating the greenhouse during the hot months you would need to find a way to shade the cob so the sun doesn't hit it; possibly some shade cloth run along the lower portion of the greenhouse attached to the hoops.
How do you repot?
Q: 1. At what time do plant your seeds in order for them to be ready?
Q: 2. What do your put on your seeds to feed them?
Did someone already ask this: What are those animal footprints climbing up on the end of the greenhouse?
can you give the measurements of the box. really like the ideal
Dig down 12 to 18 inches below the shelves on the sides, then add 6 to 8 inches of good soil. You will be amazed how much you can grow in these areas. You can cover with plastic at night if it's really cold.
Do You have a video showing the build of the solar food dehydrator? I want to make a heated growing box…
hahaha haha. That's so true….but it soon turns freezing days. This is agreat system in here
Putting a blanket over the heat box you will need to downsize your heat lamp, better put two small lamps in case one burns out at night and don’t realise it. Nice work!
It’s a great idea to keep the vegetables in winter. Thanks for sharing
Looks like you would do well Geothermal in the area within your Greenhouse . Cost being the main factor. The DIY pipes venting under your shelves will keep the frost away. 5 to 8 ft under ground , space out , venting pipes up to a long surface pipe with outlet slots .
Could be just what you need, heat attracts, so back and front cover walls under staging of seedlings, just what you need.
If too cold , hinged covers over seedlings at night. 1/8 “ Styrene on foil , lined inside..
very smart solution. It looks like an incubator for chicks.
Infrared or Ceramic heat lamps are the best way to go. Take it from us reptile keepers. We keep our tropical snakes and lizards warm through the winter. I would have mentioned it before but didn't think it was workable esp in a bigger enclosure like a greenhouse. So glad you guys did it and I will experiment on mine too! Thank you!!
Install a brick paver floor.. that will absorb heat and give off at night..
I thought you were going to say you draped some kind of blanket over trays each night and then remove next morning..
Should i leave my greenhouse ceiling fan in all night on freezing nites? I notice the citrus orchards do that..
If they had yakkity yaked 5 more seconds I would have taken my own life. Jeesh…. Won't be a subscriber to this one…
And that is the dumbest idea for "keep ing a greenhouse warm" in the history of the solar system.
OK so where's the solar panel(s) that feeds the 250W IR lamp?
Got to be climate controlled.
How to mantein heat with out using electricity? Well you make a wood box with an electric sistem inside 🤣