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El Rowlatt

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since Oct 15, 2014
Whitehorse, YT; hardiness zone 1b (Can)
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Awesome! I already clean with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, so I'm eager to see what other methods are available.
Thank you!
5 months ago
Welcome, and thank you for the possibility of winning a sickle. A certain luddite attitude means I love hand tools, and having planted small amounts of barley and oats this spring, I'm very interested.
5 months ago
Wow, these are awesome!

May I ask:  what are you planning to do with all the extra money?
6 months ago

Reading through this thread, I'm relieved to see some discussion about the angle of the summer sun and the earthen roof / overhang.

Up here (north of 60), I need a well-insulated greenhouse but I also need to take advantage of all the sunlight I can. The frost-free season is very brief (sometimes only 90 days) and any plant which needs to come to fruit needs to do it in a short window.

I don't have any solutions to propose, but just a keen knowledge that I won't be putting a ton of energy into a greenhouse with that much of an overhang.

6 months ago

This looks awesome, and very pertinent to me.  Wonderful freebie.

However (and please forgive my low intelligence), I can't figure out how to access it as a bonus freebie and I used up my spare money supporting the kickstarter.

Any suggestions?
6 months ago
Congratulations on the magnificent kickstarter!

If it were still possible to add something, I'd like to see design options / plans based on the latitude of the build.

I have difficulty imagining one choice of sunlight angle will fit every place at all times of the year.
6 months ago


If you're thinking about stretch goals, I'd love to see some plans without the earthen roof. This far north, putting a roof on it like that would mean my greenhouse is shaded from May to August, because the sun is so far north in the sky.

Well done, you guys!  I am excited to see this project unfold.
7 months ago

With respect to the video, I watched it once and the message isn't clear. Is this a project about greywater reclamation or about a better greenhouse? Or, as a commentator mentioned above, are you just looking for approval to run the kickstarter?

From what I've seen in the threads, there's a lot of interest in this kickstarter. I'm not sure you need further approval to run it.

If it's both greywater management and greenhouse design, my sense is that it took too long to articulate a simple problem (greywater management) and didn't give enough attention to the proposed solution (an Oehler-style greenhouse). I'd like to hear more about the reasons an Oehler greenhouse deserves attention from Wheaton labs at this point (it's nice that you like experimenting, but it would be more interesting to compare the Oehler-style greenhouse with other models), what directions you're going in for design improvements (longer than a quick mention, anyway), who might be involved in conducting the experiment, and what outcomes you anticipate at this time.

If the project is more about developing and improving Oehler's design for an earth-sheltered greenhouse, why are you introducing it with the greywater issue? It will be useful enough just to have a good greenhouse design that, for me, you don't need to introduce the project as a solution to a problem with greywater management. I'd still like to hear more about those four areas I mentioned in the last sentence of the paragraph above.

If the project is about greywater management, maybe it would be helpful to touch on a wider range of solutions, including but not limited to the Oehler-style greenhouse.

If I need to watch the video more than once to understand your project and the 'ask', I don't think it's an effective video. Sorry.

Be well!
7 months ago