R Scott wrote:WELCOME!
My wife and I have greatly enjoyed listening to your talks at mother earth news fair in years past.
Jay Angler wrote:Welcome - glad you could come and join us!
Leigh Tate wrote:Dan, welcome! Your book looks so interesting. It will be a real treat to have you here on Permies for the week.
Patricia Lemme wrote:I've grown very interested in building a greenhouse. I'd like to extend my season for veggies and be able to also start my own plants in the Spring. I've been doing some research about greenhouses and would really enjoy your book to expand my knowledge. I live in zone 7 so our Winters are snowy and cold but its rare to go below zero. A very cold day here is about 5 or 10 degrees and some Winters we never drop down to that.
Dennis Barrow wrote:Welcome to the best forums on the net !!
David A. Smith wrote:Have been YouTubing not only passive solar greenhouses, but also using subsurface heat banks as a means of passively maintain greenhouse temperatures during the Winter months. One of the videos alluded to some of this. Hadn't considered banking a greenhouse, but with the proper surface gradients it makes a lot of sense.
Thanks for the info! Its a big help. More answers provide for more questions which in turn provide more answers...
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:Looking forward to learning more about this technique. In the big sandy Wisconsin plains, there is no way to dig on the side of a mountain, so the idea of blanketing the more exposed sides while letting the sunshine in is intriguing. Even if our cold zone 4 with little sunshine in the winter won't produce crops, I could use it as a root cellar or perhaps a cold room for my beehives. In the spring, a room to start crops? It certainly has possibilities.
Joel Mackey wrote:HI Dr Chiras!
Flora Eerschay wrote:Welcome! I'm a big fan of Li Ziqi who doesn't have a greenhouse it seems, but I'm curious about a Chinese greenhouse!
Or maybe she does?!
Cady Sharp wrote:We got a nice little old house a while back. It misses only one thing, sun. It hits the house, but neighbors trees shade the yard. How much sun does a greenhouse need? Can LEDs supplement light?
Dan Chiras wrote:... what exactly is a Chinese greenhouse?
Basically it’s a greenhouse that’s designed to allow us to grow warm weather vegetables in cold climates throughout the winter using only solar energy.
Frank Gregg wrote:It's nice to have you on board this week. Welcome!
I'm a novice but grew up in the Appalachians with an Aunt who was a superb gardener. Wish I'd learned more.
I'm considering a partly underground greenhouse and am willing to learn what I can from others like you.
David Royal wrote:Thanks so much for introducing your book here. My family and I just moved to Nova Scotia from Florida, and we're looking at building a greenhouse to extend our growing season. I'm very interested in learning more about your ideas for building a passive one. Thanks!
Delila Jahn-Thue wrote:Excited to learn more about the Chinese greenhouse. I understand they roll out blankets over top for insulation at night. I don't know why I never considered this. Makes perfect sense. Especially where I am in zone 3b. We need every trick in the book to stretch the growing season. May the good word grow about the possibilities. Thanks for what you do!
john mcginnis wrote:Mr. Chiras,
I have read thru much of the literature I could find on the Chinese Greenhouse design. Have two questions:
1) Many of the designs that I saw the back and two side walls were constructed of two stands of brick with either an air gap between or an insular material between. That leads me to believe the design places less emphasis on solar banking to maintain temperatures.
Am I in error in that assumption?
2) Straw mats seems to be the favored method in China for insular covering. I presume for its ready availability. Any suggestions for a ready substitute here in the Americas?
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