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.
I ran this first water test of the Winter Garden Friday.
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.
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.
I planted the Winter Garden year 3 in February and this is some of the harvest. I find that the vegetables are very colourful. This must be due to the cold and concentration of the sugars.
Just dropped shipped tempered glass SolarSheat 500GS-DC SolarSheat 500GS-DC is designed for rooms less than 100 square feet
Yesterday marked the first order and production of the 1500GSHE SolarSheat.
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.
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.
Today marked the very first unit of the Winter Garden production.
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.
I had an opportunity to setup and plant the Winter Garden in the back courtyard. I added a drain, and water grid to test for automatic watering.
Today we officially built the first SolarSheat 500 with tempered glass. The process is relatively the same as the polycarbonate model with the glass being cleaned before placing on the collector.
I got home last night and picked fresh greens from the Winter Garden. I realized that there was something fundamental about this and took some pictures of the process. Just going outside after a long day and getting some food, shaking off the dirt from the greens gave a sense of this is mine and I grew this myself.
I shot this video today on the Winter Garden.
I checked the progress of the Winter Garden yesterday. Everything seems good and should have a crop to harvest in about 2 weeks. I watered everything twice this week due to the warmer temperatures.
I worked outside most of the weekend and watered the Winter Garden. I checked the plants growing inside and most seem to being doing well. I planted the one half in February under cold conditions -15 C and the second have a week later.
A customer who has a number of SolarSheat systems installed on his home in southern California recently sent me this photograph of the installation. Both external and internal shots.
I checked the Winter Garden on late yesterday afternoon. It has been a cold week with lows at night to -15 C. Friday afternoon was +2 C. Everything growing well.