The Forest Garden Greenhouse
How to design and manage an indoor permaculture oasis
The Forest Garden Greenhouse is the culmination of a lifetime’s work spent designing and building greenhouses. Osentowski is an expert on growing edible food forests indoors, and this book makes for inspired reading for anyone keen to extend their growing season, particularly if living in a cold climate. Osentowski writes, “When it comes to starting a greenhouse project, instead of building it only as a tomato crop extender, I encourage you to imagine a broader spectrum of possibilities.” The book covers greenhouse design and construction, ventilation, bed layout and soil building, as well as companion planting, pest management and the use of microclimates. The book contains an in-depth history of greenhouses, case studies of DIY greenhouses and analysis of larger, more extensive greenhouses. It also covers the ‘climate battery’, a subterranean air circulation system that takes hot, moist air from the greenhouse during the day, stores it in the
soil and discharges it back into the greenhouse at night.
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015
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