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Winter Garden Customer update

A customer sent in his spring winter garden planting.  He has been eating from it for about 3 weeks now. Vegetables planted beets,carrots,arugola, radicchio and lettuce.

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Development of Winter Garden Lite - Double lid

I had another idea for the Winter Garden; a double lid. This is ideally suited for the larger Winter Garden but decided to prototype it on a Winter Garden Lite. The dual lid can be used for one side of the garden that is opened more regularly for accessing herbs for cooking while the other side can be for growing vegetables. 

Three Winter Gardens

I lined up my three Winter Gardens over the weekend. All three were the original prototypes. The Winter Garden in the middle is the original flanked by the Winter Garden lite on the left and the larger full size on the right. 

Prototype Micro Watering system for Winter Garden

I built and installed a 1/4 inch micro watering system for the Winter Garden lite unit. This should do the trick for watering the Winter Garden without having to lift the lid. Recommended for the spring through fall season. 

Full inside view of the micro watering system for the Winter Garden 

Full inside view of the micro watering system for the Winter Garden 

Attach stardard garden hose here with timer and you can water your Winter Garden.  Timer options with include smart phone with WIFI. \ Testing to start outside shortly. 

Attach stardard garden hose here with timer and you can water your Winter Garden.  Timer options with include smart phone with WIFI. \

Testing to start outside shortly. 

The Winter Garden - Customer Site

I visited and upgraded a solar panel that powers the Winter Garden at a customer site. The customer has limited sunlight in the winter time is his backyard but planted late spring. Should be a good crop of vegetables and lettuces. 

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SolarSheat 500 tempered glass production

Just dropped shipped tempered glass SolarSheat 500GS-DC SolarSheat 500GS-DC is designed for rooms less than 100 square feet 

SolarSheat 500 tempered glass 

SolarSheat 500 tempered glass 

Back of SolarSheat 500GS

Back of SolarSheat 500GS

Package complete with grills fan collars thermostat snap lock duct pv panel and DC fan

Package complete with grills fan collars thermostat snap lock duct pv panel and DC fan

Production of the 1500GSHE (High performance SolarSheat)

Yesterday marked the first order and production of the 1500GSHE SolarSheat. 

Collector facing down with absorber in place

Collector facing down with absorber in place

complex baffle system added under the 1 inch of polyiso 

complex baffle system added under the 1 inch of polyiso 

Aluminum back sheet added

Aluminum back sheet added

Collector flipped over and ready to remove protective coating 

Collector flipped over and ready to remove protective coating 

Protective coating remove and glazing tape added to side channel - reading for glazing.

Protective coating remove and glazing tape added to side channel - reading for glazing.

Installation of SolarSheat 1500GSHE

This weekend marked the first installation of the forthcoming SolarSheat 1500GSHE (High Efficiency) collector. Installation took place at a residence, ground mount, horizontal orientation southern exposure with duct work entrance through a false window into the basement. This system represents approximately 3 kW of heating. 

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Evolution of the Winter Garden

I took this shot over the weekend after moving the next generation prototype size of the Winter Garden(far right)  beside the first prototype(middle unit) . The very first idea was the herb box(far left) which I planted a variety of herbs.  

Introduction of the Winter Garden lite

I completed the production model of the Winter Garden lite last week and shot various pictures of the unit in the shop and video outside. The Winter Garden lite is a half size gardening system based on the same principles of the full size Winter Garden. 

Front view of the Winter Garden lite

Front view of the Winter Garden lite

Winter Garden lite lid open 

Winter Garden lite lid open 

Winter Garden lite side view 

Winter Garden lite side view