Greenhouse vs high tunnel

  • Greenhouse vs high tunnel

    Posted by Kh62 on March 12, 2023 at 11:45 am

    I’ve been told that I can’t keep a high tunnel warm enough to house citrus through our Oklahoma winters so I’m considering a greenhouse. Besudes building cost what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

    Mepmo replied 8 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Inquisitive

    March 12, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Do you know about Walipini’s? (Mostly underground to retain heat without having to provided artificial heat).

    • Kh62

      March 12, 2023 at 1:06 pm

      I do and looked into those but on our sandy hills I think it would take more engineering skills than we have.

  • BigTex

    March 12, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    I’ll be interested in what you decide. We (wife n I) are in the process of moving to our 10 ac tiny ranch near Blanchard, OK. It has a 30’ x 50’ shop that I later found out was a grow house. We are excited to get back to our roots.

    • Kh62

      March 12, 2023 at 1:47 pm

      Congratulations! It’s going to be a difficult decision no matter what I choose because there’s so many variables on our property.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    March 12, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    Well, I have both, a 6’/8′ greenhouse I bought from Harbour Freight and a self-made 8’/9′ high tunnel made with welded wire/cattle panels. It probably really depends on the quality of the greenhouse you buy, but my little greenhouse is not as tight as the high tunnel. Granted, in the summer the high tunnel gets hotter because of its positioning to the prevailing winds to air it out, but, like mentioned before, the greenhouse seems to cool out much quicker. In winter, I only store cold hardy plants in there that I just want to get out of the harsh/freezing winds.

    Some time/month ago, I watched a video in which they showed a high tunnel where the owner constructed a second layer as an added barrier for warmth, sort of an air pocket for additional insulation (a high tunnel within a high tunnel), maybe that’s something you want to consider.

    good luck 👍

    • Kh62

      March 12, 2023 at 11:56 pm

      That’s an idea I hadn’t considered

  • Mepmo

    March 14, 2023 at 2:26 am

    citrus in the snow on you tube has some pretty good ideas

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