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I live in Joshua Tree in the high desert at 2300 feet elevation and I wonder if anyone has any thoughts about orienting a basic Walipini greenhouse. Facing the greenhouse to the south seems like it would get too hot in the summer even with shade cloth. I am thinking maybe facing Southeast although an experienced gardener once suggested facing a greenhouse to the east in this hot dry location. Basically it would get the plants out of the wind like the walipini in La Paz. It hits freezing a couple times here in the winter otherwise it is more about moderating heat and wind.
 
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Howdy Michael, welcome to permies!

What you have said makes sense to me. Where I am we need to capture the heat. Sounds like not so much for you.
 
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I have this same question.  Desert greenhouses.  Particularly high desert.  Here shade is good, but of course there is a delicate balance. 

Does anyone have experience with greenhouse orientation in regions where growing many crops in direct sun requires shadecloth?
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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