The Walipini has become a popular alternative to a Greenhouse
In a former issue of the ASC Magazine, Stephen A Jones explained the benefits of growing food in a walipini. Stephen says “The best way to describe a walipini would be a rectangular hole dug into the ground approximately 6 to 8 feet deep covered over by plastic, visqueen (brand of polyethylene plastic 4 mil to 10 mil thick) or polycarbonate materials.” It’s a great way to grow food and keep it protected from the elements all at the same time.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider building a Walipini today:
- A walipini is perfect for anyone who lives in high mountain altitudes or an area that gets lots of wind. It won’t get blown over like an above ground greenhouse and can maintain a temperature of around 70° F even on the coldest days. https://www.facebook.com/AquaponicsSurvivalCommunities
- You can use painted water barrels (black is the best color) along the wall of your walipini to absorb warmth during the day and give off radiant heat during the night. Water is denser in weight than rock, so filling the barrels with water is a good way to keep your walipini warm without spending extra money on heating.
- The clear roof lets in lots of natural light, which is exactly what plants need to grow. This also saves on electricity as you won’t have to pay for extra lighting. http://aquaponics-how-to-guide.info/aquanewsletter/
- Growing food in a Walipini cuts down on the possibility of toxic residues ending up on your plants. Airborne chemical sprays and other contaminants are now are serious concern for people who want to grow organic food. By growing in an enclosed area, you can protect yourself from these issues.
- You can garden all year round even if it snowing, raining or blowing a gale outside. It is a perfect solution for Aquaponics, permaculture and gardening enthusiasts. You can protect yourself and your plants from many conditions and eat from your garden all year round.
There you have it, 5 great reasons to build a Walipini. They last longer and can withstand some of the toughest climates as opposed to an above ground greenhouse. For more great articles and tips like this please follow the links in our article and join us today.