Walipini Update

It has been a while since I’ve written about the walipini, but it has been getting steady work over the last year. A walipini is an in-ground greenhouse. It uses the thermal mass of the earth to help keep its internal temperature from fluctuating too quickly in the winter. It is essentially a pit with … More Walipini Update

Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Design

Part of the Walipini build is the design. This plan is not an instruction manual, just the measurements and general layout to be followed during construction. If you’re looking for a resource about all the ins and outs of earthbag building, avail yourself of Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques (Hunter and Kiffmeyer, 2004), … More Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Design

Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Foundation and Bags

We’ve been working hard on the earthbag walipini greenhouse. Although our weekend workshop got rained out, we’ve still managed to get the foundation trenches dug, the rubble trench poured in, and the first layer of bags laid. Here’s the details. Foundation In all, we’ve excavated approximately 48 tons of soil. This has taken about 40 … More Walipini Earthbag Greenhouse — Foundation and Bags