FIRST LESSONS WITH WINTER GREENHOUSE GROWING!!

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50 Comments

  1. Rodrigo Garcia on March 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Love what you are doing… Have you consider harvest half of the leaves for each plant? Only the outer leaves… I know it will take a way longer time for harvesting but the plants will keep on growing with out the shock of the clean cut… Try it on half a bed… I’ll promise you will be amazed ….

  2. ULTRA NOOB on March 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Put 1 or 2, 500ltr water tanks in there, painted black as thermal battery. And Uv led lighting hooked up on you solar system 24/7 They would need to have reflectors ontop of them. Thats how they do hyrdoponic mushrooms I think. Its the only and best option for solar. Hanging about 30cm above them. Problem is you will need many

  3. Curtis Brown on March 25, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    What is the average temperature difference from outside to inside? Do you a similar setup would be doable on the prairies (-30 right now) but generally a lot more sun…probably would need a more significant heat source? Would have some sort of rollover cover for nights?

  4. Eric Petska on March 25, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I use atlas snow arc greenhouses out of Texas. You might check them out. I’m sure you get a bunch of snow. I’m in south central Missouri and I’ve had 15" of snow on top with 6" of slush under that and my greenhouses are gutter connect.
    I also use floor heat with electric water heaters cost is pennies on the dollar compared to propane forced air. I do have make shift forced air electric heat (cheaply done with a couple of old heat pump furnaces laying on their side) for the cloudy damp days to help with the dampness of floor heat.
    Kudos on what you have done.
    You mentioned you were in a indie band, I was in a hair band in the eighties and I grew up working on a tree farm!

  5. zuhair tamimi on March 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    you keep talking a bout cutting the greens what you need is cut down on what goes in your mouth so that tire around your waist melts like the snow on your greenhouse

  6. PermaKulHurTur on March 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    You live in a corner of the planet with one of the most steady streams of wind, speed and direction. A few windturbines would put heat and light in your greenhouse. Use some aluminum polished foils on the north side for reflection, a few deep cycle batteries and play with temperature to have light as an overflow system. All 12/24vDC, no inverter crap.

  7. Pepe Diaz on March 25, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Curtis, I plan to build a similar greenhouse to yours in the spring. What are your thoughts on CO2 generators? Since there will be less air exchange in the winter months when the greenhouse is sealed, do you think the plants may not have enough CO2 for optimal growth? Would love to hear your comments on this.

  8. Bob Rogers on March 25, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the video. Enjoy Memphis but take rainjacket for the am. Temp 10 c.

  9. MetaView7 on March 25, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for the update. Have you checked out geo-thermal energy?

  10. Eric Wilson on March 25, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Elon Musk solar shingle might b as good and overpriced like the pickup he built

  11. Bel Rick on March 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    This man may appear as just a farmer, but what he really is is a successful salesman and businessman

  12. les betts on March 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    o sweet your in BC eh im going to be trying year round beside you in AB soon. happy i came across this channel, BC is fun, use to work in pink mountain, snow storms in july 🙂

  13. Marie-Ève Thibodeau on March 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I am very new to winter growing. I am wondering what is the black tarp on the ground? I have seen some winter greenhouse with it and without it. Thank you ! love your video !

  14. Sheena Armstrong on March 25, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Saying that the temperature hanging around freezing and otherwise just having cold rain is what you call mild weather is such a Canadian thing to say. I laughed out loud when that is how you described mild weather. I have a great appreciation for the extent to which you are skilled for being able to grow in your environment.

  15. Kathleen Smith on March 25, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Give a heat pump setup a try. The system is for heating the soil, the house, and hot water.

  16. The Kitchen gardener on March 25, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Yo curtis. Heat cables. Acts like a heat mat but if you can get so,e with thermostats you can keep the root zone warm and not heat the air and loose the heat through the top, so heat cables and fleece then as well natural light leds

  17. Tammy Stewart on March 25, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I have not researched electricity rates or how it is set up in your area but here in Ontario, on top of the crazy "delivery charges" (which is almost equal to usage) I mentioned a while back, we also have 3 different rates we are charged depending on what time of day we are using power. On Peak (when most people are using power such as cooking, etc – you know, normal life things most people do on the average human daily schedule), Mid-Peak – slightly lower cost than On-Peak, then Off-Peak – less than half the rate evenings through to early morning, weekends & holidays. So when needing fans and such to keep the greenhouses cool during the heat of the day in summer will cost double or more to run. Good thing a couple small fans set up properly don’t cost much to run nor do LED lights. A walk-in cooler or 3 though, could get a bit more pricey. Just to give you an idea, it is easy to end up with 400/500$ hydro bill for heating or A/C in a month in a small 1 bedroom apartment if the tenant is not being somewhat careful.
    Sooo looking into solar for sure if I decide to expand beyond my yard to run stuff.

  18. Wrip2020 on March 25, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Curtis, thank you for your time and information. You are an inspiration and I love your attitude. I was thinking that maybe you could put 55 gallon drums of water at each of those vertical 2×4’s. I think the added thermal mass will really help reduce your electric needs during the night.

  19. SunRa on March 25, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hey Curtis, I bet there could be a case to be made for Spot lighting and spot heating in your Green House, obviously you don’t want to spend $900 to heat and light those crops. But I am wondering what the math would look like, if you could have fulfilled that order your canceled, and took 100% of that profit and bought a few lights to move around on hangers.

    Cutting days/weeks off your second/third cut could be worth a few hundred Kilowatts?

  20. stefanhoffmann78 on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Think also about heat collectors, as they take up to 4 times more energy from the sun in comparsion to electricity panels

  21. INVISIBLE SUN on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    what would happen if you threw some solar powered uv led lights or something?

  22. Jeff Clark of Clarkle Sparkle on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    There’s a humid air heater that can be made from copper coil, two metal flex hoses, two rainbarrel faucets, and an ammo box that holds water. Long enough to put the copper coil in a fire box or chimnea or something and the hose going to the ammo box inside your structure with a hole in the top to vent steam and two holes in the side at the top (hot return) and bottom (cold out to fire) of the water level. Built correctly it could be very safe and effective, a larger water container maybe. Fire contained so as not to damage anything. You could reduce you electrical energy by a lot, just gotta tend the fires. Im going to do this in a greenhouse one day

  23. cbzombiequeen58 on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    We have an 8 by 20 greenhouse. raised off the ground with fence post and 2 by 4. this gave an opening at ground level. better air cirulation. also composting can be done up against the house which provides the heat flowing up and in the greenhouse. I have all food growing in pots so i can put composted hay around them. this does well to keep roots at an even warm temp.

  24. bigwindup1 on March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    would love to work in your greenhouse

  25. Dwane Hudson on March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Curtis did you make the hoops for your greenhouse or buy them. What was your cost for total greenhouse? What was cost for solar to heat house and greenhouses?

  26. Manitoba Mel on March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Just a question… I get a pretty good sunburn on overcast days, meaning the rays are still blasting through theose clouds. Is there a specific spectrum of light necesarry to allow for vigour growth?

  27. James Riggs on March 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    i live in kentucky and iam getting started in winter farming ….id like to grow carrots spinich and lettece..i will put these in low tunnels when should i plant and will i need heat on lettuce

  28. Richard Shields on March 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    I just found your channel today – great stuff man! Thanks so much for sharing, you are making a big difference with what you are doing. Here’s a link for a great idea and a really efficient geothermal greenhouse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA3YGYELZ98 He buried an airhose underground to keep the temp up near 50 degrees farenheit, I thought it was a great idea. Good luck to you with everything and thanks again for sharing your expertise, I have learned a ton from your channel just today.

  29. Alex Garcia on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Curtis, thanks for all your videos bro. I’ve been watching them all and I’m really thankful for them. May God continue on blessing you. I have a quick question for you. You mentioned in this video about write-off with the solar panel. Would you recommend using a simple Sole Proprietorship or a Corporation for the small scale urban farm? Which one do you have yourself? Once again thanks for everything

  30. james Aiken on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    How can we get you to come to North Carolina to teach a workshop

  31. Rico on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    nice video! thanks for sharing! do you sell salanova mostly to restaurants? what dish do they make using it?

  32. Annie Gaddis on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Every Spring and Fall we get "monsoon winds." Would your greenhouse be able to withstand that? I’d love to have one, but am scared of losing that investment (keeping in mind I’m on a retirement income).

  33. Ashley King on March 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Curtis, Greetings from New Zealand, Invercargill where we need lots of glasshouses ! However I am relocating to the Philippines but still think that there will be a need for Glass house and shade houses. My question today would be how do you monitor the watering process ? so that they get enough water with out drenching their roots !

  34. Diane Tran on March 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    How much was the cost of the greenhouse?

  35. Brent Bourdeau on March 26, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Hi Curtis, just curious why you don’t use high power grow lights instead of heaters.

  36. Carpe diem on March 26, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Nice you tell the temperatur in Celcius.
    Waiting for Solar and Tesla battery video.

  37. i am Sky04 on March 26, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Installing a few low wattage for light needed by the Plants…..with a timer……plants needed Light to grow…..Tnx.

  38. Kosta Leotta on March 26, 2021 at 12:05 am

    I don’t like doing gardening the rich way I like doing it the simple way

  39. ILBackyardFarm on March 26, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Hey Curtis, about half way through your book, which has been very informative btw!  When you harvest and take the "whole plant" with the greens harvester are you able to do a "cut and come again" harvest?  Currently we just take the outer, lower leaves from plants like Lettuce, Spinach, chard etc and the inner keep regenerating. If you literally take all the leaves like with the QGH, does the plant grow back then too?  Thanks man!  you’re a wealth of knowledge.

  40. Sparetimeincanada on March 26, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Hey! Love the greenhouse. I want to build a 10ft by 20ft winter greenhouse here in NB, Canada. Do you have any suggestions? Thinking of using pallets as a bottom frame and turftex for the roof…

  41. Stahpitt on March 26, 2021 at 12:11 am

    When it comes to climate control in a greenhouse, at what point have you found diminishing returns on investment in terms of heating, for example is it better to keep them at the bare minimum temperature of what would allow the plant to grow.

  42. Terry Canam on March 26, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Aye. Here in Ontario, this Feb, it was around -7 (day time)with around a foot of snow. My greenhouse, unheated went over 40 degrees.

  43. Aaron Leadley on March 26, 2021 at 12:12 am

    We have a similar issue in the UK. It’s not cold cold, but it’s grey all winter.
    Really useful info for my context, thanks dude.

  44. Ze Bo on March 26, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Ya. Man Even with out solar you drop 6 1000 watt’s in extend your light hours you would kill it!

  45. Simeon Hill on March 26, 2021 at 12:12 am

    How often does the heater run during the day. It would change alot but is it like 5 mins an hour and more over night or most of the time.

  46. Fensterfarm Greenhouse on March 26, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Where is your workshop? I live in Memphis and may check it out.

  47. Jimmy Arellano on March 26, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Do you have any work shops in dallas?

  48. tangobayus on March 26, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Remember that Eliot Coleman starts his winter crops in the fall and has fully grown crops by the time it gets colder. Coleman also uses row cover cloth. Use a 90 degree elbow at the top for a Gothic arch.

  49. David Morton on March 26, 2021 at 12:15 am

    This is great – I wonder if I can put one/dig one into the earth in Northern Ontario Canada with out going broke on heating.

  50. amy mininger on March 26, 2021 at 12:17 am

    So helpful. I transitioned my garden over a month ago. Now, about 20 seedlings sprouted up. So, I plan to try my first greenhouse and keep them. thank you!

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