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PASSIVE SOLAR GREENHOUSES

Looking for an ecologically sound and cost-effective solution to growing under cover? Environmentalist Wendy Pillar investigates the pros and cons of solar greenhouses

THE ANSWER TO YE AR-ROUND GROWING

The Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse at Humble By Nature
Picture: Humble by Nature

Most gardeners want a greenhouse – it extends the season and provides extra warmth and shelter to tender plants. This far north, though, they have limitations. In winter the temperature inside is barely higher than that outside, and heating a greenhouse is hard to justify in these climate-aware times.

There is a type of greenhouse that overcomes this problem, however, and although it is popular in North America, it is almost unheard of in the UK. This is the passive solar greenhouse, or just solar greenhouse.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Grow succulent strawberries - Save ££s on plants with our great offers - £2338 worth of garden goodies to be won! - Spring into action - 4 page sowing guide - Salads all year round - Try crunchy kohl rabi - How do you like it? Is your plot pristie or patchy? - Broad beans for beginners - 7 pages of delicious recipes - Bye bye to blight - Gloves tested - Boost your mood with gardeing