Hi, I am very interested in a passive solargreenhouse design and want to know more of what’s in the book “ The Chinese Greenhouse”I also would like to know if this design is good for propagation of wood cuttings with the lesser swings of temperature? I do want to know what range of temps this design can maintain? Thanks for any answers here.
We are interested in building a passive solargreenhouse on our front porch. Whilst we consider this. The reason we like this location is because it faces south. We can make adjustments on sun angles with glass or shade.
We are still in the planning phases. The sunclalc.net might useful as you consider your design. I'm not literate on chinese greenhouses. But I'm real interested in growing tropicals in the southern appalachian mountains.
I know it ain't exactly permaculture but my roots are in the desert. And in pots. Sooo a greenhouse would bring much joy. And a greenhouse would gey my babies out of the house.
I built my wife her "Green Room", just a well insulated green-house room off the back of the house. We live in East Tennessee on top of a mountain over 1800 feet above sea level.
She grows Nepenthese. (I may have spelled that wrong) and other semi and tropical plants in there just fine. I did add a two brick propane wall-mount heater. But for the most part we heat our house with wood and just open the back door to allow the heat in there. She runs Humidifiers most of the time because the wood heat really dries it out.
I don't know much about the Chinese greenhouse, but ours was easy enough to build and sorta low cost. And its pretty passive, except for the additional wood heat..
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