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Growing Indoors

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:03 pm
by Farside

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:33 pm
by Farside
Growing indoors and vertically in a ski town:

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:15 pm
by Farside
Here's an important segment on thermal masses in greenhouses:


A better option is to use an active heating system. Compost heating systems work well for example as they produce heat and raise CO2 levels for the plants. Then in the spring you have compost for the outdoor garden.

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:29 pm
by dirtmurphy
This year I moved two worm bins out to my small (6'x8') greenhouse. The bins themselves are black, and they are located below my plant shelf. I also put two black rubber mats down on the floor to collect and slowly radiate heat as well as made sure to plant winter crops in black containers. On the extra cold nights, I add burning candles surrounded by jugs of water in different spots on the floor. Oh, I also put a sheet of insulation on the north wall a year or two ago. If it gets super cold, I have some thermal reflective blankets that I will attach to the ceiling panels with adhesive velcro strips to help hold in heat since the ceiling is where most of the heat dissipates.

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:40 pm
by Farside
dirtmurphy wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:29 pm
This year I moved two worm bins out to my small (6'x8') greenhouse. The bins themselves are black, and they are located below my plant shelf. I also put two black rubber mats down on the floor to collect and slowly radiate heat as well as made sure to plant winter crops in black containers. On the extra cold nights, I add burning candles surrounded by jugs of water in different spots on the floor. Oh, I also put a sheet of insulation on the north wall a year or two ago. If it gets super cold, I have some thermal reflective blankets that I will attach to the ceiling panels with adhesive velcro strips to help hold in heat since the ceiling is where most of the heat dissipates.
If you have chickens then putting them in a pen in the greenhouse will warm it up (they produce a lot of heat for their size), and the additional light helps with egg production.

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:02 pm
by dirtmurphy
I've thought about that moving some of the birds in there but haven't tried it yet. They seem so content cuddling up with one another at night that I hate to split them up! :D

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:02 pm
by Farside
Chickens and compost in a poly tunnel.

Re: Growing Indoors

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:06 pm
by Farside
Here is an economical method of constructing green houses: