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The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book by Mike Oehler

 
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Summary

This books explains how to build an earth sheltered greenhouse, which will allow one to grow vegetables year round without supplemental heat.

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I think this book is a surprisingly good read. The cover is simple, but tells what you are about to be reading clearly enough. Once inside, the tone is very conversational. I am not sure what I expected precisely, but I somehow expected it to focus more on numbers.

This is not to say the book doesn't handle the science associated with the design well, but that you never feel like someone is just reading a list of parts or trying to see how quickly they can make the reader go cross-eyed with their math skills. Instead it feels more like listening to a very real person telling you how they came up with their idea and what they did to make it a reality.

As the chapters progress, you see how each iteration of the idea grew and expanded into an impressive working design. You see each step of logic and get to follow it instead of the final product as many books do. All too often a book will spend half of the first chapter on the idea and the rest of the book just showing aspects of the finished product. That's not good or bad, but it is different. I suspect that this style will resonate with a lot more people.

You read one aspect at a time, get to digest it and really understand before moving on. I believe that when you then go to apply the ideas, you can find much greater success. Without a 'this is the exact way' feel, the reader can be more comfortable adjusting the design ideas to suit their own land and needs.

Most appealing to me was the tone of the book. As I mentioned, it is somewhat conversational and for me, that drew me in and made me feel like I knew the author personally. If I have one complaint about the book it is that I don't know if someone who finds it is going to read it unless they already have an interest. The cover is fairly plain, despite being informative and if someone just flipped through the book I can't imagine any one area is going to catch their eye. If they do take the time to read a page, I am sure the tone of the author would draw them in however.

Having said all this, I am going to have to say I give the book 9 out of 10 acorns. Excellent read in my opinion and tons of useful ideas in there.
 
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Just an FYI: You can now get the Underground House Workshop and Survival Shelter Seminar 3 DVD set PLUS The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book PLUS The $50 and Up Underground House Book for only $55!

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These books are both HALF OFF what they normally cost!
 
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Oh and Here is the physical version of special #3.
 
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I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.

Mike's style takes a little getting used to but his ideas are ingenious. The entire set of books and DVD's was given to me as a gift years ago before I'd even heard the word permaculture, much less thought about implementing it into my life. The Greenhouse book is well organized and easy to read (a little less scattered than his Underground House book, and a lot less so than the DVD presentation, although I think they are all great!). Get them if you have the means, you won't be sorry. I used many of the concepts Mike taught in this book in my more conventional hugelkultur/greenhouse implementation(link in my signature line to an article on it's construction and my results so far). The sunken walkway/cold sink makes perfect sense and should be a part of every greenhouse build. I can't wait to get my hands on a nice piece of south facing slope to see what a proper install will do!
 
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