Kitchen Garden

PASSIVE SOLAR GREENHOUSES THE ANSWER TO YEAR-ROUND GROWING

Most gardeners want a greenhouse – it extends the season and provides extra warmth and shelter to tender plants. This far north, though, they have limitations. In winter the temperature inside is barely higher than that outside, and heating a greenhouse is hard to justify in these climate-aware times.

There is a type of greenhouse that overcomes this problem, however, and although it is popular in North America, it is almost unheard of in the UK. This is the passive solar greenhouse, or just solar greenhouse. These structures combine glass walls with a high level of insulation, so that very little of the captured warmth escapes. This makes them

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