The Underground, Year Round, Ever Growing Greenhouse!

Written by on March 22, 2014 in Farming & Gardening, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 1 Comment

underground greenhouseSource: Openhand

Make no mistake, the world is coming into major transition and change. Economies are inflating like helium filled balloons, debt is escalating like runaway trains and it's unlikely to be long before big shifts happen. If not the back end of this year, then I would say certainly in the next three. That's why growing your own food is important, especially as GMO, chemtrails and pesticides continue to decimate topsoils and contaminate the food chain. You don't need much, a window sill will do, or a balcony that gets some sun. But if you have some spare space in your garden, what about this amazing idea – the ‘underground greenhouse' – for all year round growing…

The “Walipini”

I came across this idea recently on Wake Up World. It's a “Walipini” pit greenhouse, made for the very inhospitable climate of the South American mountains and costing just a shoestring $300 to make!

“The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6′ to 8′ deep covered by plastic sheeting. The longest area of the rectangle faces the winter sun — to the north in the Southern Hemisphere and to the south in the Northern Hemisphere. A thick wall of rammed earth at the back of the building and a much lower wall at the front provide the needed angle for the plastic sheet roof. This roof seals the hole, provides an insulating airspace between the two layers of plastic (a sheet on the top and another on the bottom of the roof/poles) and allows the sun’s rays to penetrate creating a warm, stable environment for plant growth.

Energy and light from the sun enter the Walipini through the plastic covered roof and are reflected and absorbed throughout the underground structure. By using translucent material, plastic instead of glass, plant growth is improved as certain rays of the light spectrum that inhibit plant growth are filtered out. The sun’s rays provide both heat and light needed by plants. Heat is not only immediately provided as the light enters and heats the air, but heat is also stored as the mass of the entire building absorbs heat from the sun’s rays.”Carolanne Wright

Designed to inspire

Here's a video from LaPaz, Bolivia, narrated in Spanish but with great music accompaniment! At two minutes they go inside the Walipini and at four minutes they walk around the outside. La Paz is a place where they clearly don't get much rain. I include the video purely to inspire…

If you'd like to see some other general designs, here's a very useful website I came across…

Enlivening your cells

So I hope I've inspired at least some of you to start growing food of your own. We do, and I can't tell you how rewarding it is to be able to go out into your garden of a morning and pick some home grown fruit for breakfast, or leaves for lunch. You can just feel that fresh rejuvenation enlivening your cells and elevating your vibration!

Society will change. It will break down and transform. It's already beginning. I can imagine at some point in the not-too-distant future, an underground greenhouse will be more valuable than any goldmine!

From my heart to yours

(on behalf of Openhand )

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