[permaculture] Re: Greenhouse design

Jerome Osentowski jerome at crmpi.org
Sat Jan 3 18:19:50 EST 2004

List  let me butt in here regarding greenhouses . In 1989 I put the 
subterrain heating system in my 60 foot free standing house and later in the
attached greenhouse.  Several years later John C. did the pc course here and
we teamed up to do greenhouse consulting together.  there are at least a
dozen that we have put in  to date.  None have any problems with mold
from the soil that i know of .   I also put ths system in a greenhouse in
the south of france .  Last year I converted my larger house to peranuals.
forest graden, indoors, for warm tempert, med, and subtropical.  I will be
adding more mid , and understory  herbs, to sell in the new bussines
I just took over.   Aspen Herb and Spice.  In the spring I will have an
indoor garden of Eden that pays its own way....  jerome
Jerome Osentowski, Director
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
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Basalt, CO 81621   U.S.A.

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>From: Arlene <skywatcheraz at earthlink.net>
>To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [permaculture] Re: Greenhouse design
>Date: Thu, Jan 1, 2004, 2:33 PM

> Wow! You all have a wealth of information on greenhouse design! Thank
> you for the tips.
> Paul, we intend to use our greenhouse year-round to grow tropical
> plants, especially dwarf versions of fruit trees such as banana,
> cherimoya, rollinia, avocado, etc. for home use. Also, probably some
> mushrooms and other non-tropical food crops in colder months. No
> commercial aspirations. The environment will need to be both warm and
> humid year-round. We plan to attach the greenhouse to an existing
> southeast-facing wall of the house and want it to be sturdy and
> aesthetic. The area available has about a 10 x 15' footprint. We would
> also like to use the solar gain in the winter to help heat the house,
> probably using some version of John Cruickshank's SHCS (Subterranean
> Heating and Cooling System). A few days ago, the temperature at night
> went down to 19 degrees! This was a thirty-year low for Tucson, but if
> it happened once... By the way, we already have a 100 SF shade house,
> open to the elements. It works great for relatively hardy plants, but is
> not enough protection for tropicals.
> Neal, when you send out the Penn State study on greenhouse applications
> of holograms can you include me on the list?
> Brian, thanks for the links regarding filtering infrared light.
> Happy New Year everyone!
> Arlene
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