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Gardening With A Four Season Passive Solar Greenhouse: Case Study

Gardening With A Four Season Passive Solar Greenhouse: Case Study

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In this case study we look at gardening with a small backyard passive solar greenhouse that is growing food in cold Southern Alberta 12 months of the year. This greenhouse was a retrofit of an existing design and performs amazingly!

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  1. here in québec zone 5 I put a heater câble (roof) in the soil in my little greenhouseto to kept a little heat in soil its is good for germination to in spring time with a cover fleece

  2. This is a pretty little greenhouse. Very functional. Thank you for showcasing it. I also built myself a little 12 x 8 ft cattle panel greenhouse in Texas. The soil is insulated 2 feet down with vinyl coated hard ware cloth and foil bubble insulation (all the digging this 60 yr old woman is willing to do). It has a climate battery (only 2 feet down through) with ~60 feet (5 rows) of french drains (you call them drain tiles I think). Half of the north wall and the full west wall is insulated with foil bubble insulation. It is covered in Solawrap. It has a roll up south wall and 2 cold frames connected to the south wall. I collect rainwater from it. The entire greenhouse is lined with vinyl coated 1/2 inch hardware cloth to keep rats/mice out. I have electricity in there, with 1 exhaust fan on a thermostat, two duct fans for the climate battery, and one little solar fan. I have an orange tree, turmeric, ginger, and various other plants in there. I keep my vermicomposter in there. It is surprisingly comfortable, even in summer (I add more foil insulation on the north wall and cover it with shade cloth in summer). I have been a gardener all my life and thought most of us don't need greenhouses in the south but I have found this thing extremely useful and I love it. I have a little amateur video about it on my channel.

  3. Thanks for showing details of roof and gutter system, have some water coming in 🙁 . I'm going for max insulation of the brick and mortar footings on the outside and have soil level around a foot high, free from walls, in order to max the thermal mass inside. Still in doubt about making two sets of exchangeable inner window frames, one with shade cloth and the other with thick bubble wrap plastic. Best wishes, greetings from Holland.

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