What Type of Greenhouse Should You Build?

What Type of Greenhouse Should You Build?
Today we’re going to take a look at several types of greenhouses. These are just some of the more popular styles and there are many variations. It’s simply some information to help provide some food-for-thought when you are ready to build one.

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  1. great video, would have appreciated it more if It had more of a high-level overview / comparison chart where we could see all the options / metrics laid out in a large table / pros/cons table

  2. Hey, that was a great video and really thorough. Didn't realise Goths were so popular in the world of green houses. I searched for Chinese greenhouse and you came up. It has made me think about loads of things, which I'm now gonna draw. Cheers.

  3. if i wanted to do a small walipini one just for family use in ny state would i still need a permit, can i just dig the hole with a shovel myself just cut some wood frame without any foundations

  4. I actually visited a Chinese greenhouse in 2018 not realising it was something different. The owner had a stove which was used for cooking and the heat was vented into one of the walls to help heat the structure at night, as well as provide heating for the attached living space. You can see the roll of insulation at the top.

  5. Just use some imagination and take the your favorite advantages of the various greenhouses and combine them into one design. For example some of my favorite advantages are the temperature stability of the wilipini, but i also like the morning sun advantage of the traditional. So i will consider making a wilipini but the roof won't be level with or even near the ground level, it will be up 8 more ft, a 2 story green house. It will appear like a regular traditional single level above ground greenhouse from a distance with the walls protruding upward 8 ft above ground level and the roof on top of that. But in reality the wall is 16 ft high, because 8 ft of it is hidden in the ground, it will be 8 ft of block wall in the ground to meet the footing. That lower level basement will be for mushrooms, water storage, composting, and by being 8 ft down it will have stable temps all thru the greenhouse, the first story too because you engineer in huge vent areas from basement to first story, along with the vents in the green house for summer, and in winter the composting going on in the basement gives additional heat. So you can grow stuff on the first story and get benefits of morning sun and benefits of stable ground temps from the basement, while have that extra space to use for composting for additional heat in winter, and can also let wood product rot and mushroom and composting, and water storage all in that temperature stable environment, helping to keep it stable. Even the mass of the water you store under the greenhouse is used to help stabilize temps in the house.

  6. I have only one location on my tiny property. Faces east and South attached to my house so no western sun. Thinking about polycarbonate roof and sides with roof vent and fan. Would this be ok?

  7. Barrels in a greenhouse supposed to store heat, then temperature can be more consistent. Barrels can only be filled with water, hit by the sun, or connected to solar panels. You can also fill nutrient solution that you circulate trough your plants, using any kind of temperature control that you wish. heating the water in your greenhouse is way more sustainable then air. Especially some of hydroponic systems require a huge amount of water.
    I am also missing a bit of broad analysis on greenhouse types. Pros and cons really depend on climate but I only heard that is either suitable for your climate or not which I assume is somewhere in the US because of your accent.

  8. Ok. Soon i send my greenhouse with plants inside still no time to build my greenhouse i really hope very early to send. For spring and snow i use for strike sun light. For strawberry. Think of me tq. Half wall uv something like if need the rain. Pvc water for layering.

  9. 19.10 the barrels dont only store heat from sunlight (direct gain) they also store heat from within the room (indirect gain). If the greenhouse heats up, so will the barrells wether there in direct sunlight or not.

  10. I am very impress to get this valuable information,always I was feel much curious about the designeing of green house,dear friend you are solve my curiosity through this video,thanks a lot. I am from india

  11. Your concerns about the pit or in ground greenhouses are all addressable. There are easy solutions to all of them. Sounds to me like either you haven't done enough research on them or just don't like them for some weird reason and are finding excuses. With the earth heating and cooling, the floor adds thermal mass too, not just the walls, plus there are ways to increase the geothermal heating and cooling abilities of the greenhouse. You can use mirrors to reflect morning and evening sun into the shadowed areas. And simple fences or rails can keep large animals and humans off the greenhouse (or you can just elevate the roof above the ground level a bit). Finally I know of several big name greenhouses that are located much farther north than you and use no heating yet grow stuff all year round.



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