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Underground Walipini Pit Greenhouse Construction

Here is an excellently written PDF document on how to build an underground Walipini pit greenhouse. These greenhouses are an excellent technique to use in arid Southwestern climates.

Click here to download the 29-page PDF document on “Constructing A Walipini Pit Underground Greenhouse.”

Deep appreciation is extended to the Benson Institute, which created the document. The Benson Institute was founded in 1975 at Brigham Young University as part of the College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences. It was named in honor of Ezra Taft Benson’s service as Secretary of Agriculture during the administration of United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Benson Institute strives to teach families in developing countries how to become nutritionally self-sufficient and how to improve their economic circumstances. Participants learn techniques for food production, nutrition, diet, and home food storage. Families learn to grow vegetables and fruits or raise small animals appropriate to their circumstances in order to better provide for themselves.

Find out more about the Benson Institute here.

(This article was originally published on August 26, 2014.)

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This post was written by Marjory Wildcraft

COMMENTS(5)

  • henry says:

    Link to the PDF is not working

    1. Jason Macek says:

      SORRY! I updated and it’s now working

  • Scott Sexton says:

    Nice pdf. I love the idea, but I’m worried about water seeping in and wrecking everything. Still, the information about installing water drainage gives me some hope. I’ll keep the pdf on my computer, just in case I get the opportunity in the future.

    I always get so many ideas for projects when I come here. …I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. 😉

  • Larry says:

    I downloaded and reviewed this pit greenhouse. Living in Florida I figured this wouldn’t be a good idea, I think I’m right. I will say though after reading the file that this is genius in its’ design. The cost is minimal as stated labor is free and whatever materials you may have will contribute otherwise you may need to purchase a few minimal items. The concept is great providing you have the property to put this near you, but not too close. Once constructed this unit will feed your family for years all year round. Marjory this is a great contribution to your family. Thanx from all of us.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi Larry, you are welcome. Yeah this may not be such a good thing in Florida… Uh the water table was only about 2 feet deep in my Mom’s backyard in N. Miami! LOL.
      I’ve seen it working really really well in New Mexico and guessing a lot of other places it would be good in. Hmm, I’ll put it on my ‘ideas’ list for possible Colorado projects.

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