Unheated Greenhouse Troubles. Our Solution!

When we purchased our greenhouse we thought it would retain at least a little heat overnight. We were naive, but we came up with a solution that has been working great and we want to share it with you.

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50 Comments

  1. Ben There on April 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    A hoop greenhouse made from cattle panels INSIDE your greenhouse might work. Your work surfaces along the sides of the big greenhouse could be made of black water containers that would store heat collected during the day. You could make cheap solar water heaters that you place outside the greenhouse that heat the water in your barrels.

  2. Maupin Maupin on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    very smart solution. It looks like an incubator for chicks.

  3. Dixie Litteken on April 11, 2021 at 12:03 am

    can you give the measurements of the box. really like the ideal

  4. Jay Abel on April 11, 2021 at 12:04 am

    where do you guys live?

  5. K B on April 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    This is an awesome idea!!!

  6. NinaLoves80s on April 11, 2021 at 12:07 am

    XOXO

  7. ventura sunflower on April 11, 2021 at 12:08 am

    So my greenhouse is not a tall tunnel it is an actual cabin that was built into the 1930s with the green plastic walls so it’s wood framed but then where wall would be it has that plastic corrugated stuff yeah so I kind of keep liquid in there just to gauge cuz this is my first year actually being able to use this moving on to this property so like yeah my milk did freeze I keep it out there my my shelf milk just a gauge what I’m going through and we were at 0° and it froze so then we’re at 30° and it’s fine so I don’t know what to do I know I got a lot of stuff I’d like to get started but we’re not going to see the ground for about to May boy we’ve got 6 ft of snow right now I’m in Northern California so I don’t know what to do

  8. Yah's Way on April 11, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Maranatha🎺

  9. The Manillegirl on April 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Infrared or Ceramic heat lamps are the best way to go. Take it from us reptile keepers. We keep our tropical snakes and lizards warm through the winter. I would have mentioned it before but didn’t think it was workable esp in a bigger enclosure like a greenhouse. So glad you guys did it and I will experiment on mine too! Thank you!!

  10. Tom Arthur on April 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Maybe some black mulch on the floor too.

  11. chromemaster on April 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

    This is such a great idea.

  12. William R Buchanan on April 11, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Looks like you would do well Geothermal in the area within your Greenhouse . Cost being the main factor. The DIY pipes venting under your shelves will keep the frost away. 5 to 8 ft under ground , space out , venting pipes up to a long surface pipe with outlet slots .
    Could be just what you need, heat attracts, so back and front cover walls under staging of seedlings, just what you need.
    If too cold , hinged covers over seedlings at night. 1/8 “ Styrene on foil , lined inside..

  13. Living Traditions Homestead on April 11, 2021 at 12:11 am

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  14. madolyn Gilman-Cobb on April 11, 2021 at 12:11 am

    We are in The Ozarks also and would absolutely love a Growers solution green house. We are a retired couple and are attempting to live as self sufficiently as possible. we could really use this to help us grow for market gardening! We have learned so much from you both! Huge congratulations on your program, yo are our number 1 show

  15. Mr. Rain on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    A rigid foam insulation liner inside or outside the box may be an option.

  16. A. S. W. on April 11, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Did someone already ask this: What are those animal footprints climbing up on the end of the greenhouse?

  17. Mary Taylor on April 11, 2021 at 12:15 am

    her dimples are adorable!

  18. mark hemerick on April 11, 2021 at 12:17 am

    It’s hard to express how asome your idea is. Well done! I’m taking notes . Thank you.

  19. Elizabeth on April 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

    A dirt berm on the edges covered with plastic like the type they make thermal swimming pool covers out of. Also on your shelves along the inside adding dirt helps absorb heat from the sun and retains the heat all through the night, according to another YouTube green house tree experiment, near Montreal. You might want to dig deeper also according to them, plus add a different kind of thermal plastic over top for a second layer. More lighting stich as LED lights at night could encourage growth once you get a lot of trees and plants inside. A small heater such as a small pellet stove might prove progressto more light, or try some sunlight chimneys for extra light for during the day. Maybe a burried heating coil for seed gardening at night could be helpful too. Review any heating concerns with your insurance company for safety. You can slso try adding heated stone pathways using a hot water heater system underneath or baseboard heating. I read more on this subject about how to retain heat in the house more effectively, for example, by keeping your air humidity around fifty percent which will easily happen when the greenhouse is full of plants. Good luck. In all your doing, you’ll gain the right applications through experience.

  20. Wayne Morgan on April 11, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Install a brick paver floor.. that will absorb heat and give off at night..

  21. James Alan Stephen Smith on April 11, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Great idea!

  22. Wayne Morgan on April 11, 2021 at 12:24 am

    I thought you were going to say you draped some kind of blanket over trays each night and then remove next morning..

  23. Nana Jan on April 11, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I just bought one of those small 5′ x 5′ greenhouses. In MA we can’t really plant into the soil until at least half of May is over. I bought a "patio heater" which, when I tried it out in my living room for a couple of minutes, immediately put my two small lamps out and I had to fix the breaker. I sent it back. It also didn’t have a long enough cord, and was labeled that an extension cord should not be used because of a fire hazard. I am wondering how else I can keep my tiny greenhouse warm at night, starting maybe around the middle of March. Any ideas, anyone? Thank you in advance.

  24. PHIL S on April 11, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Its not a Green house its a poly tunnel Please rename the heading as "Unheated Polytunnel Troubles. Our Solution!

  25. SW Green Desert on April 11, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Do You have a video showing the build of the solar food dehydrator? I want to make a heated growing box…

  26. Geri Reski on April 11, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Should i leave my greenhouse ceiling fan in all night on freezing nites? I notice the citrus orchards do that..

  27. yetor K10 benton on April 11, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Dig down 12 to 18 inches below the shelves on the sides, then add 6 to 8 inches of good soil. You will be amazed how much you can grow in these areas. You can cover with plastic at night if it’s really cold.

  28. Rae Vandenberg on April 11, 2021 at 12:35 am

    This is a lot of work to move the plants every night.

  29. Thuỳ Dương USA on April 11, 2021 at 12:35 am

    It’s a great idea to keep the vegetables in winter. Thanks for sharing

  30. william jeffrey on April 11, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Line the inside of the box with either foiled backed styro or foiled insulation on the side walls . I believe if you do that you could control the heat with a portable thermostat plugged to the light source. Which may allow a reduction of cost for electrical use .

  31. Pamela Zepeda on April 11, 2021 at 12:36 am

    How do you repot?

  32. Joanne Cohen on April 11, 2021 at 12:37 am

    We love your show. I am a senior citizen and take your advice. I am very happy for what you teach. You have great ideas. During this pandemic, I see that it is necessary.

  33. C Peterson on April 11, 2021 at 12:39 am

    If they had yakkity yaked 5 more seconds I would have taken my own life. Jeesh…. Won’t be a subscriber to this one…
    And that is the dumbest idea for "keep ing a greenhouse warm" in the history of the solar system.

  34. Desire' Waight on April 11, 2021 at 12:39 am

    What size is this greenhouse? 🙄🧐🤔

  35. RockyMtnGobblers on April 11, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Dirt batterie heat for home, greenhouse, livestock.

  36. Rocky Mountain Portable Toilets, LLC on April 11, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Like it

  37. James Madison on April 11, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Thanks!

  38. pandnh4 on April 11, 2021 at 12:43 am

    04:46 they begin actually talking about what they did.

  39. Princess Lilian's Gardens on April 11, 2021 at 12:44 am

    hahaha haha. That’s so true….but it soon turns freezing days. This is agreat system in here

  40. Robert Craig on April 11, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Putting a blanket over the heat box you will need to downsize your heat lamp, better put two small lamps in case one burns out at night and don’t realise it. Nice work!

  41. Travis J on April 11, 2021 at 12:45 am

    This is a slightly permanent solution but you could use some of the beautiful Missouri clay to build a short cob wall along the length of the greenhouse. The cob will absorb and retain heat from the sun during the day then slowly release it at night to keep things nice and toasty inside all without needing to spend money on electricity or having to move your seedlings. To keep the cob from overheating the greenhouse during the hot months you would need to find a way to shade the cob so the sun doesn’t hit it; possibly some shade cloth run along the lower portion of the greenhouse attached to the hoops.

  42. Mr. Rain on April 11, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Good idea guys. Not having to head up a large area at once saving electricity.

  43. Jaye Curry on April 11, 2021 at 12:49 am

    You can insulate the north side of your greenhouse to cut energy loss at night, assuming your greenhouse is oriented east-west as it should be. You already mention a heat sink (solar energy collector, i.e. black water containers). You also mentioned doubled walls. (You just need a spacer; no fan.) Rule of thumb: Every layer of protection gives 1 climate zone more to the warm side. None of this requires electricity or fuel.

  44. Thomas G on April 11, 2021 at 12:49 am

    *Thumbs down for weird staring wife.*

  45. Pamela Zepeda on April 11, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Q: 1. At what time do plant your seeds in order for them to be ready?
    Q: 2. What do your put on your seeds to feed them?

  46. Veronica Ann on April 11, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I just placed an order with Growers solution and took advantage of the 10% discount. Thank you.

  47. John Crypto on April 11, 2021 at 12:52 am

    That box would stay warmer with insulation.

  48. Martin Borrego on April 11, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Love it!

  49. Steven Uzzell on April 11, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Have you looked at ground source heat?

  50. Joe And Robyns CORNER OF THE WORLD on April 11, 2021 at 12:58 am

    👍

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