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Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
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davidsevit
Dec 25, 2017 11:07 AM CST
where i work there is an old green house.it is 3\3 meters but very cold inside nowadays.
the only benefit it has is no wind in the winter.i am afraid to put in heating system because i am a "squater".i feel like growing plants there....what can i grow now?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 25, 2017 11:19 AM CST
David, its nice to hear from you again!

Essentially what you have is a really big cold frame. Does it get sun? The sun will heat it during the day. If you can find them, any of the cool growing vegetables will work: lettuce, greens, broccoli and cabbage, peas. It may be difficult to get them started this time of year though. Peas will sprout in the cold.

You can get a jump start on spring planting when it starts getting warmer.

PS: I assume you don't have electricity in the greenhouse? If you do, a heat lamp (like a chicken brooder) will heat it quite a bit. If not, a couple kerosene lamps.

Happy Holidays! Daisy
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 25, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Hello David. Another way to help keep your greenhouse warm at night would be to place a tub or tubs of water inside where they will heat up from the solar energy during the day then release their warmth at night. This is what's known as a "heat sink" here. Passive solar heating. Anything dense that will warm up, like a dark brick wall (or even a pile of bricks in the middle of the greenhouse) will work as a heat sink. The advantage of using bins of water is that they will also humidify the greenhouse for you at the same time.

A friend of mine had a greenhouse in Salt Lake City that he kept warm though the winter months (much colder than your winter at 1500m. altitude) entirely with passive solar. He built a brick wall on the north side of his greenhouse to collect heat, and also used large, plastic storage bins with water in them. In extremely cold weather he had a couple of old waterbed heaters that he would keep the water bins warm with.

Be sure to clean the glass really well so every bit of available sunlight can get in. Happy growing!
Elaine

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Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
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davidsevit
Dec 26, 2017 1:55 AM CST
thank you for your advices i have been growing plants there during hot weather.it has a great potential .i just need to adapt to winter way of thinking
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 28, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Hi there David ๐Ÿ˜€
Good advice, the gals told you.
You'll still be limited to cool weather crops. Swiss Chard, beets and radishes are something else, you can try, from seeds. Radishes take about a month. Beets around 55 days. Swiss Chard is a green, eat it as it grows, raw or cooked.
If you sleep in greenhouse, that will help, keep it warmer, along with what ladies, said also.

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Good luck pal.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 28, 2017 4:21 PM CST
Philip, David is not homeless - he has a job, but is taking advantage of an abondoned greenhouse.
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Dec 28, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Philip- that was very nice, your message to David. Peace to you Angel
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lauriebasler
Dec 29, 2017 1:36 AM CST
Yes, welcome back, David @davidsevit. I think your use of the word squater was a little misleading. I was a little worried about you myself. If there was an abandoned greenhouse where I work I can promise I would make use of it too.

@Philipwonel Hope sis is ok. I think your a big o teddy bear.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 29, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Thank you, and Angel all of you gals !๐Ÿ˜€!!!
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Gee !๐Ÿ˜ฎ! I wish I was a teddy bear !
It sure would save me alot on my gas bill.
Ouch ! It hurt me this month ๐Ÿ˜ญ.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Dec 29, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Awww, Gracias @Philipwonel. aka Teddy Bear Phil!
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
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davidsevit
Dec 31, 2017 3:09 AM CST
it
seems like i need yo pick up my english(cause i am irish) thanks for all the new ideas iwill try to use them soon

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