Earth Bermed / Sunken Greenhouse

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by chelloveck, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    This website has some ideas about building an earth bermed / sunken greenhouse. It may help extend the growing season for some folk whose location experiences shorter growing seasons than milder climates.

    Via: Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

    An excellent reference for earth sheltered solar greenhouses is Mike Oehler's book:-


    Via:The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book: Mike Oehler, Ross, Anita Bedard, Katie Purviance, Cassie Eisenhower, Chandel Oyharsabal, Sarah Tye, David Fairall: 8601400860021: Books

    Via:File:Oehler greenhouse.jpg - Open Source Ecology

    Greenhouses - Open Source Ecology
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Wonder how that will work in places with a lot of rain.
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  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Bermed, rather than sunken below grade...though, if you look at Oehler's set up. because he has built it into a fairly steepish slope, the lowest point of the set up is close enough to grade to drain the cold sink with agricultural pipe reasonably easily. Otherwise, a sump and sump pump may be a work around.
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  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Good idea to have a sump pump or drain set up because you don't want to drown your rabbits. jk

    Seriously- this is a really cool idea. Thanks for posting. Need to read more on this concept
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  6. pearlselby

    pearlselby Monkey++

    I really want that.
  7. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    There is an area on my place that might be just right for this kind of arrangement .
    I don't get enough rain to be a problem , as a matter of fact creating a reservoir might be the ticket just below the green house.
    If the rain water is gathered into a settling pond then filtered into the fish pond that water can be cycled into the garden.
    I get just enough wind that could drive a mill for circulating the water from the pond to the garden .
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