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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fat Fruit Friday #3

What do you look for in a house?
Location, location, location?
Views, proximity to facilities, water supply, good neighbours?

Today I am thinking I would like a north facing house ...
with lots of passive solar energy all year round...
and some afternoon shade in summer.  
A flat site would be easier and access to facilities  
would be a major plus as well.  

So, my little greenhouse groupies, 
here is a plan of the back part of the garden.

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The position for the 
is marked in red.

I have been watching this space through the winter, and it gets the most hours of sun.  
I will be using the greenhouse all year, but I especially want to make the most of it in Winter, so good sun then is essential.  As for shade, I can provide this with seasonal plantings on the north side of the house and with shadecloth.

According to my research, positioning a greenhouse with its long axis running east-west is ideal in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.  In the north one of the long sides should face south (without something blocking the sun) and where I live, Downunder, it should have a northerly aspect.

This site is also close to facilities such as two back doors, the veggie garden, the garden shed, water and electricity if I require this at a later stage.

Micro-climates are created by geographic factors, the built environment, position of trees and windbreaks, and bodies of water.

A greenhouse creates a warm, moist micro-climate and allows the gardener to extend their growing season, to grow some things out of their regular season, and to grow plants that would normally not thrive in their climate.

So...the journey begins!


  1. Best of luck with it all Hazel, will be really interested to see how it all goes - I suspect brilliantly :)

    Am forwarding your post on to mumndad who are after a Greenhouse.

    Best wishes

  2. When you were a teacher, did you teach Science? Or Geography???

  3. Another plan, another project to look forward to :)

  4. And what fantastic fruits (fat ones naturally, unlike the asparagus) do you intend to makes us all envious with in your greenhouse. Tomatoes in July perhaps, avocado in Victoria? Can't wait to see what you experiment with.

  5. Good one! Great to have a plan and figure out how everything will work together.
    Best wishes

  6. Ohh how exciting! Its going to be great Hazel!
    My mum's hot house has shade from the west and she covers it with 90% shade cloth in summer and it works a treat! What floor surface are you going to have? Soil or solid?


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