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Post  sanderson on 2/10/2019, 2:28 am

I thought this article was very interesting. From sun-heated walls to the modern glass/plastic greenhouse.\

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/12/fruit-walls-urban-farming.html?fbclid=IwAR34LH_kJlADMD01a9M2_4bjk-CG0fNS9V3eYhd08dWrxTbf1-Wk8FoK29g

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Post  OhioGardener on 2/10/2019, 8:12 am

Interesting article, Sanderson!  A lot has been done with greenhouses in recent years testing ways to store heat during the day so it can be released at night. One friend has a neat setup in his greenhouse for vermicomposting - he has trenches under hinged walkway boards that are full of composting worms.  He dumps food scraps (I don't call it waste) in the trench, continually moving down the trench from one end to the other. When the worms have all moved to one end he starts removing the castings from the other end to clean it out, and then starts moving the worms back towards the other end.  When he showed me that setup, I thought it was so neat to get multi-use out of the greenhouse.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/10/2019, 2:35 pm

I have my South Annex. Lol, which is the south facing side of my house that faces another house end...

It is where I grow my containers; melons, eggplant and an occasional tomato.  

This side is where I am placing my cold frame.  I can’t wait to try it out for starting seeds!  

Great article!  Thanks, sanderson!
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Post  plantoid on 2/10/2019, 4:55 pm

@sanderson wrote:I thought this article was very interesting.  From sun-heated walls to the modern glass/plastic greenhouse.\

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/12/fruit-walls-urban-farming.html?fbclid=IwAR34LH_kJlADMD01a9M2_4bjk-CG0fNS9V3eYhd08dWrxTbf1-Wk8FoK29g


 Had to smile at the introduction where it says " grew Mediterranean crops as far north as England .


 When Holly was 28 months old (15 yrs ago )  Alison & I looked after a smallholding belonging to my good friend Harry ( Whilst he & his wife  sorted out the chattels & property of a friend who had died aboard )   
 There was chickens , goats , cats  dogs six stinky ferrets  & a decent trout stream very close by .  .. T'was good three week holiday for us, total peace & quiet plus  I was allowed to take my rifle with me and with permission my lad Pete from Carlisle ( I was divorced & had remarried ) joined us for 14 days .

 Part of the agreement the Laird allowed for us was to stay in the game keepers cottage on the condition  that I shoot as many rabbits as possible for the five or six thousand acres of land  around the Hall was overrun with them big time . 
  So with Pete , Hazel my gun dog and  my .22 rimfire  rifle I zapped nearly four hundred of them . not only as pest control but also for food for us , the laird , his son and my pals  ferrets & dogs .. we filled two big chest freezers with gutted & skinned carcasses for Harry .. The only condition was, "Don't shoot towards the green house ,the walled garden ot the buildings . Only shoot towards the hills to the north & north east .. 

 The  Lairds hall itself , The stables & living accommodation above them , eight workers homes in a terrace , the walled garden and the keepers cottage  were built in the mid 1700's and had a 40 foot long 15 foot wide  lean-to glass house built almost level with the top of the  14 foot high dressed stone wall of the walled garden . 
 It could either be heated with a cast iron Victorian hot water system & boiler  or by  fire boxes built into & under the raised18 inch deep beds . Beds which were five feet wide and ran the length of the glasshouse  one fire box every nine feet … The fire boxes were fueled by locally dug peat 
 
Harry grew all sorts of exotic crops in the greenhouse , all year round for Laird , his son & family and of course some for himself & his wife .  



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Teviot Hall  at Teviot bank near Denholme  in the Scottish Borders .

 Apparently the snow often stayed at up to three feet deep from the middle of November to the middle of March , in a bad year there were often 20 feet of snow drifts blocking all roads in the area for weeks  .
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Post  sanderson on 2/11/2019, 4:12 pm

I'm glad all of you enjoyed the article. I enjoyed reading your replies.

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