At Quantum Leaps Retreats we have a year round Greenhouse and a Root Cellar that stores our “roots”.
The Greenhouse is designed to capture as much sun as possible even in the Winter months. We heat the Greenhouse in the winter with a wood stove/boiler system. We have back up electric heat and lights (hooked onto our solar system) for those really cold winter days. We grow kale, chard, and lettuces in the winter and in the summer the Greenhouse grows tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers! We also have a smaller greenhouse that is dedicated in the summer to the growing of basil! Yummy fresh pesto is then made to last the whole winter!
The Root Cellar is designed to stay above 0 degrees all year round. It is dug into the side of the bank, into the earth. In the fall we fill up the Root Cellar with cabbages, apples, carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, and turnips. Sometimes we are still eating fresh crisp carrots into the following spring!