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Making plans for our eventual forever homestead. We're looking into moving to Montana (zone 3 most likely). I would love to be able to grow certain plants that only grow in zones 8-11. Pineapple, banana, tumeric, citrus, aloe vera etc

Can I accomplish this with one of these greenhouse methods? Im not necessarily opposed to heating it with a rocket mass heater in the dead of winter if needed. Obviously it would be better if I didn't have to heat it.

What if I wanted to grow plants that grow in zones 7-4? Would I need a different greenhouse or is there a way to make 'zones' inside one greenhouse? Some of these plants would be perennials so they have to survive the winter.

And last if I could be pointed towards materials about this topic that would be great!
 
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Here is something to consider. Nebraska is not quite as cold as Montana, but it still gets cold. (Spoiler: He uses geothermal air to heat and cool his greenhouse.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk
 
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A combination is probably your best option. Each has its own drawbacks and positives, but it will probably have to be site specific. For example, a high water table will eliminate most of the walipini positives, while if there were a lot of rocks in the ground you probably don't want to be digging enough for geothermal. Half-walipini with geothermal might give you what you're looking for, but again it's going to be site specific. Without knowing where it will be you can't really plan.
 
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Yes I have seen the greenhouse in snow but he's in zone 5a so I wasn't sure if I'd get the same results
 
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