greenhouse versus shed?

ceresone(missouri ozarks)September 17, 2005

i posted this elsewhere, but dont have a answer-has anyone tried the shed type greenhouse, that has regular walls on ends and north side, but is all glass on the south? how do thesr compare to a regular greenhouse?

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mountain_curmudgeon(4a)

No experience yet, but construction on one will be starting soon. A good book, if you can find a used copy, is The Solar Greenhouse Book by James McCullagh. Written in the 1970's it is still a useful introduction. Newer coverings are available now, such as polycarb plastics but all in all, it is loaded with worthwhile info.

The difference is all about orientation and insulation and efficiency.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 10:39PM
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ozmantis(VIC Aust)

I have converted an old dog shed into a greenhouse/shadehouse. I have put laserlite clear sheeting on the roof and half way up the sides. The top half of the sides are louvre windows that are easy to open and shut as need be.
In winter it is all closed up, and in summer its opened up and shade cloth pulled over the roof.
Works a treat. Here is a shot of it.

Cheers Mantis

    Bookmark   October 19, 2005 at 1:32AM
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billtex(8atx)

GREAT IDEA. IVE STARTED MINE AND I WILL USE SOME OF YOUR IDEAS. HOW DO YOU HEAT IN FREEZING WEATHER ? BILLTEX

    Bookmark   October 26, 2005 at 6:47AM
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ozmantis(VIC Aust)

Billtex - I dont heat it in winter. Our winters are mild compared with most in the US. I think we only had two frosts last winter. Even on an overcast day the greenhouse gets up around 20 deg C or 65-70 deg F.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2005 at 8:34PM
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