If you’re someone who likes to build things, consider an attached solar greenhouse. It will not only allow you or the gardener in your family to start plants early and extend their growing season, but it provides a wonderful source of heat for your home as well.
Below is an excerpt from the September/October 2010 “Backwoods Home Magazine” to jump start your creativity. Click the link below to read the whole article.
Build an attached solar greenhouse
By David Lee
Greenhouse drawing by Don Childers
I do not have a green thumb. The only plants I have any luck with are the ones that can be sawn into boards. My wife has two green thumbs, maybe three. She can grow anything. In our early life together she would, in her shy way, ask me to build helpful garden projects and, in my busy way, I would half pay attention to her requests. After years of doing these half-asked projects we decided a full-fledged greenhouse would be included in our next home.
We planned it to be permanent, well built, and able to withstand the extremes of temperature, humidity, and weather a greenhouse must tolerate inside and out for many years. It would be big enough to grow plenty of food, an easy place to work, and adaptable to our changing needs. We live in a harsh climate and wanted the greenhouse to extend our growing season in both early spring and late fall.
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
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