How an In-ground Greenhouse Can Keep You Self-Sustainable Through Winter

Most of us know the financial and health benefits of growing your own food, but when winter hits, it’s much easier to make a few trips to the grocery store than to spend more time in the cold weather than absolutely necessary. One of the best ways to ensure produce in the cold months is a greenhouse, and one of the best greenhouse designs is an in-ground/underground greenhouse.

If you want to grow a significant amount of winter produce, a greenhouse is a lot more functional than haphazard containers throughout your house as often happens with indoor container gardening. Unfortunately, winter weather can be just as hard on greenhouses as it is on plants. Between feet of heavy snow and high-speed winds, people in Colorado and throughout the North risk their greenhouses collapsing or being toppled over. The best way to combat this is to build an underground greenhouse.

Of course, the middle of winter is a bit late to be constructing a greenhouse, but it’s not too late to get started for next year. Check out these underground greenhouse plans for over 10 different designs for greenhouses that are at least partially underground. Do your research now and make blueprints for your future greenhouse. Then when spring hits, you’ll be ready to build, and maybe even get a harvest planted for next winter!

Here are the top things you’ll want to consider when building an in-ground greenhouse:


Before you can even start your building plans, you need to decide how much space you have, and how much produce you want to plant. Though you can extend your space by using vertical planting methods, you’ll want to thoroughly map how you plan on fitting your ideal amount of produce before you ever buy building materials. Measure your space at least three times to make sure you know what you’re working with.


Natural lighting is always great for plants, but even with a glass pane roof, the natural sunlight your plants will receive will be drastically reduced in the winter. Plan on having at least some supplemental lighting and build your greenhouse with those electrical needs in mind. Of course, different plants have different lighting needs, so you’ll want to do some research on grow lights and pick the ones that best suit your needs.


Building a greenhouse is the perfect opportunity to build a convenient watering system for yourself. Think about the most efficient ways to get water to your plants and build a system that works for the produce you’re planning on.

The biggest part of being self-sustainable is simply planning ahead. Make sure your property is home to all of your family’s needs. You need food. You need to stay warm. And you need basic materials to make repairs when things break down or when weather causes damages. Address these three basic needs and you’re well on your way to being a self-sustaining family unit. A well-built in-ground greenhouse can keep you self-sustainable regardless of the weather. When you’re battling those winter storm




2 Responses to How an In-ground Greenhouse Can Keep You Self-Sustainable Through Winter

  1. Kip January 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Was it hard to get a building permit for this type of greenhouse?

    • Jeriann January 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

      I have never had problems with building permits, but permits vary so much between cities that it’s best to check with your city/county about their specific requirements.

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