Greenhouses forum: Underground greenhouse for $300

Views: 818, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Image
abhege
Aug 8, 2013 8:10 PM CST
It looks a little rough and I'm not sure practical for everyone to be digging the back yard, but I thought I'd share it.

http://t.treehugger.com/treehugger/#!/entry/build-a-300-unde...
[Last edited by abhege - Aug 8, 2013 8:10 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #463000 (1)
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
CDsSister
Aug 9, 2013 5:36 PM CST

I am wondering if that is something @dave might be able to utilize on his new greenhouse?
Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
Image
Txtea
Aug 9, 2013 9:01 PM CST
I am glad you shared, enjoyed watching this.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
Daylilies Greenhouse Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Dog Lover Region: Kentucky Hummingbirder Herbs
Image
tgarden711
Nov 16, 2013 7:54 AM CST
This greenhouse looks amazing. I have often wondered why our culture has not embraced more underground structures and take advantage of the temperature stability.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 16, 2013 1:09 PM CST
I wish I could take advantage of the great insulation the ground provides. I'm afraid, 2 feet down and I would hit clay and water! Carry on.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Image
abhege
Nov 16, 2013 8:12 PM CST
My son has a bucket on his tractor so I told him I would gladly give up some of my part of the garden if he wanted to start digging! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing (I have two greenhouses already, but if I didn't, I really like this idea!)
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Jan 7, 2014 8:48 PM CST
I have a bunch of large 8X8' steel framed warehouse windows stored in my barn. I had planned to use them for a greenhouse but we have changed our ideas over time. What I have recently considered is digging a trench (walkway) through part of the garden and setting them up as a low A frame, closing the ends with a rollup or removable gable. I would think I could extend my growing season by 1-2 months most years. It would also give you grater control over water use as well as weeds and bugs. Hmmmmmm...
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
dave
Jan 7, 2014 8:49 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Ric, with those windows you could build a nice solar greenhouse. Have you ever seen those? Check it out here:

http://aes.missouri.edu/bradford/education/solar-greenhouse/...
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Image
abhege
Jan 7, 2014 9:05 PM CST
Wow, lots of possibilities with that size of windows!

Great new avatar Dave!
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
HollyAnnS
Jan 8, 2014 6:00 AM CST
That was the original idea for the windows. They would have been used on the back wall of the house, great solar gain from that direction. What I wanted was more of a Conservatory than a working GH. I love the look of the many paned large glass windows reminds me of an old fashion conservatory. We have been told that the cost of heating a GH made from the single pane glass and metal frame would be so high that we could pay for more efficient materials from the savings. The design of our house is passive solar and we would use some of those ideas in the Conservatory GH when we build it no matter what the material turns out to be. I have been thinking that we many still be able to use the big windows for the walls of the Conservatory and use a more efficient double wall poly panels for the roof. That would still give me the look I like and cut back on the heat loss. About the time Ric came home with the windows he also came home with quite a few black radiators rescued from a Church where they were modernizing their heating system. He put a row of them against the wall under the benches in the HFGH as solar collectors and will use the rest in the Conservatory GH. Much like they used the black drums. The insulated and painted concrete floor in the HFGH was modeled after the floor in our living area. So many great solar gain ideas out there.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Greenhouses forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"