This was sort of an experiment. We wanted to make a greenhouse that was very portable, very reusable, and very durable. We've played around with yurts before in the past and they seem like such a perfect design, but they're so much work. Luckily for us someone already came up with a new design called a bjurt.
This guy redesigned the yurt to be completely collapsible like one of those canopies at the Farmers' Market. I thought that would be a perfect greenhouse. It's very wind resistant since it's designed after a yurt. BTW for those of you who don't know what a yurt is, it's a traditional Mongolian dwelling used by the nomads. Genghis Khan used one. It's a beautiful structure. All of the walls fold up. The roof poles come down and you can pack a whole house on a trailer and head across the steppe. It's kind of like an Asian Teepee except quite a bit better. Anyway, they are extremely wind resistant since they don't have any corners. The traditional ones are all round. So the wind just sort of blows over it and actually pushes down a little bit kind of like how a race car is designed. It's the same shape all the way around so it doesn't matter which way the wind is blowing. It vents air really well through a hole in the top. We have ours fitted with a heat sensitive lid which opens and closes automatically depending on the temperature.
So we got one and put plastic on it and set it up. Right now we have all of our hot weather crops in there soaking up the sun.
When that storm came through a few days ago there was a tornado about 10 miles south of us that touched down. I was pretty concerned about the greenhouse so I went out and checked it just after the storm blew over to make sure it was ok. The picture on top with the sunset is how it looked. Everything was just fine.
This would be great for anyone who lives in town but has a big garden outside of town and they want to set up a green house that's pretty low maintenance. I go out every few days to check on it but it keeps a pretty good temperature by itself. And for water I keep a big container full in the middle on a table and just siphon out to drip lines. It would be great to be able to collect rain water for watering.
My favorite thing by far about this is how small it becomes when you take it apart. All you have to do is remove the vertical and horizontal wall poles and the whole thing just folds up into a nice tight little bundle.