Earth-Sheltered Backyard Greenhouse

Organic vegetables can flourish in an earth-bermed backyard greenhouse.
By Arden Schmitt
December 2011/January 2012
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An earth-sheltered greenhouse can extend your growing season by many months.
PHOTO: ARDEN SCHMITT


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I recently built an earth-bermed greenhouse here in southern Idaho and have been eating tomatoes, green beans, Swiss chard, cucumbers, crookneck and summer squash I grew in it. My tomatoes and cucumbers grew clear to the ceiling!

The cold frames in the front of the earth-sheltered greenhouse are vented into each other and controlled with a thermostat and fan. The hot air in the greenhouse is redirected through underground irrigation pipe into the growing beds, which saves all that solar heat for nighttime use. This backyard greenhouse is bermed up on the north side with a 6-foot wall. I used recycled patio doors for the glazing — they were only $10 each.

Arden Schmitt
Twin Falls, Idaho








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Cindy Mobley
1/16/2012 4:28:39 AM
Hi Arden, I loved your idea for your green house. It is just the design I have been looking for! I have had glass windows for a couple of years now and live in Middleton, ID. I would like to visit with you sometime to get some information if you would be willing to share. Cindy














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