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The Winter Garden

 

The Evolution of The Winter Garden

During the winter (our off season at Your Solar Home of 2013) I had an idea to build two planters for my backyard out of some old material wooden crates so I could grow some herbs for cooking. I completed and installed in the backyard. I had decided to replicate the design and give one to my mother in the spring of 2014 for Mother's day.  This attempt provide better than using old wood and purchased locally from the lumber supply store in town. 

Backyard planter 

Backyard planter 

After I completed the planter, I had some extra time between the SolarSheat production and decided to continue my woodworking venture. I had decided to compliment my backyard planters with a table and bench.

Table 

bench This exercise continue to provide inspiration for my woodworking outdoor creativity for the home and garden. Several months went by and after the annual busy summer season and late fall of November 2014 I had a break through idea about a garden that could be used in the winter time.   I asked myself what if people could grow food or vegetables in the winter time. i started to research this idea and build a prototype.   

bench

This exercise continue to provide inspiration for my woodworking outdoor creativity for the home and garden. Several months went by and after the annual busy summer season and late fall of November 2014 I had a break through idea about a garden that could be used in the winter time.   I asked myself what if people could grow food or vegetables in the winter time. i started to research this idea and build a prototype. 

 

Outline of Winter Garden prototype  I needed a good strong UV grade polycarbonate lid to make certain it could stand up to the environment and sun's intensity. I selected a 16 mm polycarbonate lid and cut to size.   

Outline of Winter Garden prototype 

I needed a good strong UV grade polycarbonate lid to make certain it could stand up to the environment and sun's intensity. I selected a 16 mm polycarbonate lid and cut to size. 

 

Winter Garden with polycarbonate Next I need a material for the prototype that would allow for moisture. I selected rubberized coasting and applied. (note: I will be using a different coating in the production version). 

Winter Garden with polycarbonate

Next I need a material for the prototype that would allow for moisture. I selected rubberized coasting and applied. (note: I will be using a different coating in the production version). 

Winter Garden with coating, electronics I started thinking about how you could not have to lift the lid so the system would automatically ventilate itself. I also determined that it was absolutely necessary to have no additional power source to run the system. With my experience with the SolarSheat I used the electronics and thermostat-sensor based technology.   

Winter Garden with coating, electronics

I started thinking about how you could not have to lift the lid so the system would automatically ventilate itself. I also determined that it was absolutely necessary to have no additional power source to run the system. With my experience with the SolarSheat I used the electronics and thermostat-sensor based technology. 

 

Winter Garden with Lid, Solar panel and electronics

Winter Garden with Lid, Solar panel and electronics