Home > Blog

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. 

RC Winter Garden Backyard combied gardens.JPG

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. 

1500GSHE Angle Side Shot.JPG
1500GSHE profile behind collector.JPG

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 

Summer Garden - test of the 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. 

 Planted with Scotts premium soil and three types of seeds. Cucumber, lettuce, swiss chard

 Planted with Scotts premium soil and three types of seeds. Cucumber, lettuce, swiss chard

The Winter Garden 

The Winter Garden 

From your farm to Table - Eating from the Winter Garden

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.  

Washing Winter Garden Vegetables 

Washing Winter Garden Vegetables 

On my table - Winter Garden greens planted February 22, 2016 

On my table - Winter Garden greens planted February 22, 2016 

Winter Garden 4-20-16

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.

Spring Weekend April 16 with the Winter Garden

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.  

SolarSheat in Southern California

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. 

SolarSheat 1500GS Souhern California

SolarSheat 1500GS Souhern California

Interior of SolarSheat 1500GS-DC

Interior of SolarSheat 1500GS-DC