Originally Posted by chicken danz
Tara sounds like you are as busy as I am. What a lovely inheritance! My poor green house hasn't been set up properly here and so far has only housed birds. Before I moved, it always had things growing in it. I really would love to use it as a green house again but not sure I can afford the additional utilities to keep it going in winter.
My dream is to build an underground greenhouse. I would so love to be able to walk from my basement into a greenhouse using the earth's natural heat and the solar gain from the top to keep it warm all year. Never going to happen unless somehow I would win a ton of money. I don't buy lottery tickets so that is probably never going to happen. I just love the idea of having my own tropical garden that is maintained by nature. I guarantee you I would spend all my time there. I am a person that loves warmth and sunshine.
When I was feeding today I saw one of my turkeys who has sat all summer more or less has at least 4 little turkey poults she hatched. This is pretty unexpected and I really don't have a safe place to put them. It just warms my heart when nature does it's thing.
I worked for a locally owned Wholesale Greenhouse for 3 years. I shot my ideas for growing citris in this area to the owner with 40+ years experience. We surmised that you could safely go about 4 to 5 feet into the ground before you would lose too much light. With another 7 feet of GH above the surface I think you could safely grow dwarf versions of most citrus and tropical fruits. Of course suplimental light would be needed in the winter but it is possible.
BUT I don't play the lottery either, nor do I have any millionaire inheritance in the near future.....
We are going to go about three feet down, which is how my G-Father-in-law designed it. It is a small one, only about 12 x 8 I think, with maybe 6 feet above ground. I want a grow box on one side and simply weedblock material on the other. My middle son has been asking for a banana tree for years, now he may get one!
I am going to do a good amount of vertical growing as well.