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Greenhouse Book Recomendations, Please!

 
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I would love greenhouse book suggestions. I am specifically interested in passive heating/cooling and design, but truth be told I just love anything well written.

Thanks!
 
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The Underground Greenhouse book by Mike Oehler is a good one....he has a really cool design that seems to work well.  There is some more info about it floating around in this forum, check it out.
 
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About growing vegetables through the winter in the greenhouse in cold climates, Eliot  Coleman's books are great.
The Four Season Harvest
And
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 solar greenhouse, 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/
 
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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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The greenhouse of the Future is a pretty cool concept too:

I guess it just depends on what you're looking for...
They have an E-Book for sale along with plans and a DVD.  Here's their website:
http://greenhouseofthefuture.com/
 
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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.
 
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Pretty fitting that Lindsey Schiller is here this week.  Her book, The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse is excellent.
 
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Katherine, you can try to win a free copy of the book this week via the forum thread - https://permies.com/t/64206/Lindsey-Schiller-author-Year-Solar
 
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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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I'll second the recommendation for The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse book.  There's a ton of great info about how to design a greenhouse that's appropriate for your needs.
 
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