Anybody who has/built a Walpini?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Chicks Galore3, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    For those of you who looked into this thread because you thought, "What the heck is a Walpini?!?!" It is an underground greenhouse for year around gardening. Now you can continue your browsing and have learnt your something new everyday. :)

    ANYWAY

    I found out about walpinis (spelling? Walapini maybe?) and am enthralled. I want to build one this summer!!! I've got a few questions.
    What type of plastic are we talking about for the roof? Like, sheet plastic or more down the plexi-glass plastic road? Do you need a specific type of plastic?
    Will this work in Northern Iowa?
    How deep? Is 6' deep enough?
    I am thinking about a 10'x10'...is that big enough to be warm enough?
    Am I crazy to think about maybe hand digging it?!?! I do have access to a backhoe-ing neighbor. That would be easier and saner, huh?
    Do you have problems with deer walking on it?
    Any tips for keeping it warm?
    How do you access it? Besides a slide. That'd be awesome. [​IMG]
    What can you grow in one of these babies?

    I HOPE someone has heard of a Walpini! Even if you can't answer my specific questions, or just have an answer to even 1, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEASE post anything you know, or a picture of your Walpini!


    THANK YOU!!!!!!!
     
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  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Never heard of 'em!! Have you looked on Mother Earth news site? If anyone has info they do.....sounds interesting. I would be concerned about dampness/flooding.
     
  3. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thank you for the suggestion! I will check that out. :)
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are some links found via google.

    http://www.forcedgreen.com/2010/08/diy-underground-greenhouse/

    http://www.inspirationgreen.com/pit-greenhouses.html

    http://www.readypreparedness.com/year-round-gardening-in-an-underground-greenhouse/

    Hope some of this helps. It is an interesting idea. Good luck.
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thank you! I looked on Google but couldn't find much...apparently I didn't look hard enough. :)
     
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    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Try www.permies.com The dude on there is building a Wofati house with greenhouse etc.
     

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