About growing vegetables through the winter in the greenhouse in cold climates, Eliot Coleman's books are great.
The Four Season Harvest
Winter Harvest Handbook
(If my memory serves me. I'm writing on my phone and don't trust myself to search for the correct link and get back to this reply)
For heating with a solargreenhouse, I don't have a specific book recommendation for you, but I would encourage you to go ahead with it. As long as you know and follow the basic concepts, it works very well.
I've been living in houses heated only by attached greenhouses for 20+ years in a climate with cold but sunny winters. Our houses are designed to face the long side south. The north side is insulated by being beamed into the earth, and/or having unheated store rooms, corridors and stairs in the north. We use poly film greenhouses that we roll down and attach in autumn, and roll up out of the way in spring to avoid overheating. I feel it would be hard to avoid overheating in a peamently attached greenhouse. Also thermal mass is essential.
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I'm reading The Bio-integrated farm by Shawn Jadrnicek and Stephanie Jadrnicek which has neat ideas about how to integrate little ponds and greenhouses. I also like Solviva, by Anna Edey, which is very inspiring. http://www.solviva.com/
I really liked the Bioshelter Market Garden by Darrell Frey (Link). His huge greenhouse integrates chickens and compost for heat along with a lot of good math for solar gain, thermal mass and thermal losses.
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Katherine Oconnor wrote:Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I have read so far Underground Greenhouse by Mike Oehler and Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman and I LOVED THEM! I can't wait to work through the list.
What would you say were the biggest "light bulb" moments for you reading these books?
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