Chinese solar greenhouse


  • Hassena
    Hassena Posts: 345 ✭✭✭

    This is awesome.

    We are turning our front porch into a passive solar greenhouse. There's a lot of planning involved. Making sure the orientation is right for the winter and summer sun.

    There are a few books on chinese greenhouses too.

    Are you considering building one?

  • frogvalley
    frogvalley Posts: 675 ✭✭✭✭

    I would love to make one of these. I seem to keep getting pulled into helping the kids instead of experimenting these days. Alas, one day all my projects will be or won't be. It sure is fun to look at what others find and dream about what I could do.

  • dottile46
    dottile46 Posts: 437 ✭✭✭

    I have wondered if you could compost in a greenhouse during the winter. Didn't think about using the composting action as a heat source.

    The picture with the headline reminds me of the pit greenhouse that Lynn Gillespie has on her farm.

    Thanks for sharing. What a cool article.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Hassena "Are you considering building one?" Not here in Ohio, but relocating to NM, it would be an option.

  • Hassena
    Hassena Posts: 345 ✭✭✭

    Good day @RustBeltCowgirl

    Yes we are! Hopefully in 2022. We have some goat and bee projects next year.

    Our front porch faces south. Perfect for winter sun. The roof and windows will be orientated to provide some shade from the summer sun. Whilst allowing winter sun to shine in.

    The porch is concrete. The concrete will absorb heat during the day and release at night

    We will remove the roof, replacing it for better rain water and solar harvesting. and this website have been most helpful.