Greenhouses forum: A greener greenhouse?

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 19, 2015 5:50 PM CST
I hope you can see this picture from Country Living Magazine. Isn't that an amazing structure? I was thinking about growing some English Ivy over the North side of my greenhouse to help keep it warm in the winter. It is the shaded side of the greenhouse. and so what if a few vines meander over the front and the other side?? What do you think??

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2015 7:45 PM CST
It certainly looks beautiful!!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 19, 2015 8:49 PM CST
Interesting, but I don't see any "warmth" to be gained. Last I saw, my plants don't produce heat. Whistling
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 19, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Plants on walls provides another layer of insulation, perhaps not heat, exactly, but insulation properties much like your solar blanket does @drdawg, but of course, certainly not the very same intensity. I have a bunch of English Ivy because as you know it grows fast and can be invasive. But I am reading it should only be grown on brick or stone as it is strong enough to bring down a poly panel like on the GH. So, I guess that's out for now. The ugly Mylar panels will go up again next winter to guard against the north side cold.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 20, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Do you also use some solar blanket material, Cheryl?
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 20, 2015 5:40 PM CST
No, @Drdawg. We usually don't get cold enough to require more than a little extra heat inside the GH for frost protection here in the deep South. I was able to keep the GH at 65º this winter. It cost a pretty penny but the plants thrived in it, like winter never happened. I think with better inside insulation, and dropping it down to a liveable 55º, I will save some money next year.

I am thinking growing vines in a long trough with trellis it would be pretty and add that bit to the North side insulation. Adding the greenery would also hide it from our HOA.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 20, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Thumbs up Hurray! Whistling

I am glad I don't have to deal with an HOA. In fact, I wouldn't live under an HOA authority. I'm sort of independent. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 20, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Well, I do but I don't, you get what I'm saying?? Thumbs up
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 20, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Yep, my kind of philosophy! Thumbs up
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 20, 2015 9:49 PM CST
I agree (that's why I live out in the middle of nowhere Hilarious! )
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Name: Ric Sanders
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Eric4home
May 4, 2015 7:51 AM CST
I agree But I'd rather live in the middle of somewhere! Rolling on the floor laughing

HOA's can be good in some cases, albeit, not many, we just talked to someone who has been using theirs to deal with sloppy problem neighbors. In most cases though the bureaucratic, authoritarian exercise of power seems to be their only goal.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 4, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Too many housing options to have an HOA run my life. If I want to leave my garage door open, it is no ones business but my own.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 4, 2015 9:58 AM CST
I can leave my garage door open without issues. It's things like dead cars up on blocks in driveways, RVs parked for extended time on driveways, grass growing over the curb, cars/trucks parked on the (narrow) streets for extended time, fences in bad need of repair, hot pink or purple houses and the like, that our HOA scouts around for and I am glad for it. But limiting the size of my greenhouse I don't like.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 4, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Eric4home said: I agree But I'd rather live in the middle of somewhere! Rolling on the floor laughing



Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Ric, I don't have to drive too far to get to "somewhere" ... Whistling

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