(video) Underground Walipini Pit Greenhouses Produce Tomatoes Year Round

An underground greenhouse makes a lot of sense in arid climate of New Mexico. I came across a super effective and simple Walipini inspired greenhouse that was home made by Mark Irwin.

Check out this video where Mark shows you what he has been doing and how he is making a small side income by selling tomatoes to the Albuquerque market year round.

I am a big proponent of lots of little side income businesses. Diversity ensures there is always something coming in.

Note that I’ve put the references Mark mentions down below the video.

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Here is the link to download the excellently written pdf on “Constructing A Walipini Pit Underground Greenhouse”


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Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of "homegrown food on every table." Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her "Grow Your Own Groceries" video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • Gave some ideas thanks

  • Florida Babe

    I guess it might now work so well in Florida where it’s humid?

  • Florida Babe

    What was the plant that Mark was showing and growing in the Walpini?

  • Anne Studley

    What kind of “intense” winter are you talking about? Does the ground freeze solid? Can this be done in Canada? Also, how can they get enough sun through the day? Finally, is it necessary to go three feet down?

  • I so enjoy your articles , keep it up dear.

  • Denise

    What plants is he growing and what plants are outside where he says “all these plants were in the greenhouse and put out in February” ?

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