Purchasing a greenhouse can be a difficult and sometimes an overwhelming process. The first things you should consider are location, foundation and of course your budget. All foundations should be level and square. A square and level foundation will eliminate challenges later when installing your greenhouse. A raised foundation or knee wall is a good option if you want to add height to your greenhouse. Knee walls are commonly 12-48 inches high and can be made of various materials. If you would like a knee wall with your Sunglo greenhouse please notify us at 800-647-0606 to add a door drop kit to your order.
Below is some info about different foundation materials and a few basic tips to get you started building your Sunglo greenhouse-
Concrete is a great option for a foundation and often chosen among consumers because is it convenient. To attach your greenhouse to a concrete base we recommend attaching quality treated wood to the base of the greenhouse. 2 x 4’s will do. If you choose to use pressure treated wood make sure to put a barrier between the wood and aluminum, such as gasket material, as the treated wood can cause the aluminum to rust.
Measure twice before cutting your wood to ensure proper dimensions. We suggest allowing a 1” border around the inside and outside of the entire greenhouse. Sunglo adds 2″ to each size for the foundation measurements.
This is designed to allow a safe margin for irregularities in the wood plate. After the concrete has been poured and is level and square, a small drain should be placed in the center of the slab where water run off can drain into a gravel pit or piping that leads to a drainage area. Then your greenhouse can be bolted to the foundation. Water and electricity should be ran to the greenhouse site before the foundation is built.
Building a wood base is easy and inexpensive. Cedar and redwood are commonly used. Pressure treated wood is also a great option but make sure to put a barrier between the wood and aluminum, such as gasket material, as the treated wood can cause the aluminum to rust. The size of your base will depend on the size of your greenhouse again allowing a 1” border around the inside and outside of the greenhouse. After screwing the base boards together and making sure your ground is level lay down a weed barrier. This allows the water to drain through but does not allow weeds to come up.
Pack the natural earth over the excess barrier. After your base is finished and the weed barrier is set underneath, you need to cover it. Start laying down your wood planks to make the flooring. Now it’s time to attach the greenhouse frame to the base – Make sure it is level and square by measuring from corner to corner. For added insulation, we suggest you caulk the bottom of the aluminum framing where it meets the base with a waterproof sealant – If you are using pressure treated it is still a good idea to caulk between the base and wood. This will add extra protection to the greenhouse and keep cold air from entering and warm air from escaping in the colder months. If you are using pressure treated wood make sure the aluminum does not come into direct contact. Sunglo includes a plastic “boot” that attaches to the base rails with all our kits, so you don’t have to worry! As with all foundations please consider whether you will need water and electricity ran to the greenhouse site. Wood foundations are natural and beautiful looking!
If you are planning on purchasing a lean-to style greenhouse or even a small free-standing but only have room on your deck, that’s OK! Before attaching the greenhouse base to pressure treated wood lay down a thick rubber, insulated mat that is the dimension of the floor of your greenhouse.
There are various mats you can purchase that have colored designs to just plain old black. Insulating underneath and around the base is a good idea also. To attach the greenhouse base to the deck we recommend contacting your hardware store representative and explaining the situation. Decks are made of different materials and you wouldn’t want to ruin your deck in the process. Now insulation will be an issue as well. Depending on your style of deck please take this into consideration and do your research on what type of insulation, if any, you should use. Water and electricity can be easily ran to a greenhouse on a deck foundation as it is commonly a few feet from a building.
There is lots of info on the web about different foundations and step by step instructions on how to build them. I hope this gave you an idea of what you want to do with your foundation!
Sunglo offers a greenhouse foundations guide that shows how to build a easy, affordable and effective foundation base. To request a free-standing or lean-to foundation guide call us at 800-647-0606.
We all know what a gnat is. Most likely you have had a few gnats flying around your home, more commonly known as “fruit flies”. But fungus gnats are your gardens worst nightmare! They are small flies that infest soil and potting mix and lay their eggs in your container gardens as well. Their eggs can lay dormant in soil for weeks and then release these nasty little larvae that wreak havoc on your plants. Their larvae primarily feed on fungi and organic matter in soil, but also chew into roots and can be a problem in greenhouses, nurseries, potted plants and interior plants. Adult fungus gnats may emerge from houseplants and become a nuisance indoors too.
There are a bunch of organic and chemical treatments for fungus gnats. The organic solutions include:
Hydrogen peroxide w/ no additives, Boiled grapefruit rind, Neem oil and a plethora of IPM.
We discovered we had gnats in our indoor Sunglo greenhouse after purchasing a bag of store bought miracle soil. It has been a HUGE problem. At least 100 plants have been ruined. So we researched online and came to the conclusion that we would try nematodes.
What are nematodes?
The nematodes or roundworms constitute the phylum Nematoda. They are a diverse animal phylum inhabiting a very broad range of environments. Nematode species can be difficult to distinguish, and although over 25,000 have been described, of which more than half are parasitic, the total number of nematode species has been estimated to be about 1 million. Unlike cnidarians and flatworms, nematodes have tubular digestive systems with openings at both ends. Nematodes have successfully adapted to nearly every ecosystem from marine to fresh water, to soils, and from the polar regions to the tropics, as well as the highest to the lowest of elevations. They are ubiquitous in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environments, where they often outnumber other animals in both individual and species counts, and are found in locations as diverse as mountains, deserts and oceanic trenches. The earth benefits from these microscopic worms. They are pretty much everywhere!
There are lots of brand of nematodes to buy but we settled on this baby. Above. The nematodes come wrapped in a soft wet sponge ready to swim their way into your soil and eat the fungus gnat larvae!
By dunking the sponge in water and swooshing it around a bit, it will release the microscopic nematodes into the water and allow them to be transferred into your infested soil. One they have broken the soil barrier the nematodes are free to wreak
havoc on the fungus gnat larvae! Too bad they are microscopic. It would be pretty neat to see
The nematode treatment worked, along with sticky tape but only for a week or so. It was difficult keeping our greenhouse contained. The gnats had too many places to hide in our building and were able to fly freely in and out of the greenhouse. In a different situation the nematodes, I’m sure, would have wiped out the larvae and our problem would have disappeared. We eventually cleaned out the entire greenhouse, cleaned all pots and containers, threw away all the dirt that was sitting around and moved most of the plants outside for a weekend to try to abolish the pesky gnats! And so far we’ve gotten rid of ALMOST all of them. The orchids we have in the greenhouse now are doing pretty well – See picture below. There are still a few gnats buzzing around but they have not harmed our orchid collection. We definitely learned a lesson from this… no more store bought generic soil! And to keep the greenhouse as clean as possible when planting seeds. The next time we see the first signs of gnats we’ll reach into our Google arsenal and find the next best treatment.
Other pest problems? Click here for thrip information. Click here for aphid & white fly treatment. And for more information about greenhouses and greenhouse gardening visit our Facebook page!
I have recently become an orchid enthusiast. We have filled up our small display greenhouse with 9 orchids so far and they are piling up! There is so much information online about orchid care it can get confusing! And each species requires different lighting, temps and care. But I found this great YouTube video series for orchid beginners. It covers everything from watering to re potting and even disease. I have been researching orchid care for months now and this video host is very knowledgeable and fun to watch! Watch a few posts and you wont be sorry! I sure am happy I found this! Press link below for series.
Air plants have taken off recently and it is no wonder. They are magnificent plants and require little care for beautiful results. Take your pick of 600 varities of air plant! Air plant is actually just the nickname for the real name which is Tillandsia. Tillandsia varieties are native to Central and South American deserts, forests and mountains. The thinner-leafed varieties grow in rainy areas and the thick-leafed varieties in areas more subject to drought. Tillandsia species are epiphytes, meaning they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. A lot like
orchids. They are not parasitic and receive moisture and nutrients from the air (dust, decaying leaves and insect matter) through hair like structures on the leaves called trichomes. A big difference between air plants and orchids is they require very little care. They love bright, indirect sunlight and a warm moist environment. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 50F to about 90F. Air plants are amazing because reproduction is by offsets called “pups” pictured above. A single plant could have up to a dozen pups. The pups grow off of the “mother” plant until it is large enough to separate and become its own plant.
Thanks to our customer Lynda C. I have come to love these whimsical plants and learn that they grow wonderfully in our greenhouses. Lynda discovered tillandsias and fell in love! This love prompted her to purchase a greenhouse and open up shop to sell the plants she adores. Air plants make beautiful and surprising gifts and are sold as decorations. Lynda designs a variety of terrariums, hangers, zen gardens and holders from different mixed media to highlight their beauty and uniqueness. They are truly beautiful pieces of art. To visit her website Random Oddities click here and see all of her passion filled designs. You can also visit Lynda and purchase items if you live in the Ann Arbor, MI. area. Her air plant decorations are on sale at Town Peddler in Livonia.
Lynda grows her air plants in her lean-to Sunglo greenhouse pictured to the right. She says they grow wonderfully in the greenhouse and can easily control the temperature for maximum growth. Lynda and her husband customized their greenhouse by building an extended wooden foundation to give the extra room and height they desired. She now happily runs her
business with a supply of never ending air plants in her Sunglo greenhouse!
Lynda’s designs are great for any room of your house and come in all sizes. She has a great variety of air plants. For her full selection visit her gallery here. And like her on Facebook! See examples below.
If you are shopping for a greenhouse, then you know that customer reviews are always important. It is vital to see what actual users/owners of the product have to say about their experience. We value what our customers think.. even if its not always the best! There is always room for improvement. Even on the BEST product!
Here are sites where you can find Sunglo Greenhouse reviews or write your own review-
Ketchum, ID – “My husband purchased this greenhouse for our 10 year anniversary, 20 years ago. It is worth every penny . If you want to start your growing season or extend it, this greenhouse has stood the test of time with rain, hail, snow ,extreme heat. I highly recommend this greenhouse.”
“My wife and I love our new green house. It has been over 7 months since we have built our greenhouse and we are very pleased with the product and the results. The Green house is really thoughtfully designed and it has everything we needed. This product is very complex so I recommend to take your time with the assembly. However, the parts are so wonderfully labeled, and the kit comes with good set of instructions (even though I have to admit it is hard to follow). The best thing was the Video. You pretty much need to follow the step by step procedure provided by the video. They also have an excellent technical support team that would answer any question you may have. My wife and I are extremely pleased with the purchase of our Sunglo 8′ x 12.5′ Expert Greenhouse package and the service we have received from Sunglo.”
WA State – “I own a SunGlo Greenhouse that was designed and constructed in the 1970’s. I am the second owner. Needless to say, after that many years of constant use and mostly a tree trimming job gone astray; I needed to replace a few panels. I called Joanie at SunGlo in Kent, Washington and ordered over the phone the panels I needed. I live an hour and a half away including a ferry ride. She was so knowledgeable of her product. I received in the mail my panels. No hassle, just good old friendly service. I also needed a special curved panel to fit on the end. I sent her a template of the panel and zip, back in the mail was my special panel. No hassle, just super nice service. I do appreciate the fact she went the extra mile for me. I would highly recommend SunGlo Greenhouse in Kent, Washington. Their service is superior and my greenhouse thinks it is brand new!”
Sunglo is also rated 5 stars on Facebook. For more in depth Sunglo greenhouse reviews please visit the links below –
Our greenhouse kits are manufactured and fabricated in Kent, WA. When you place an order our warehouse team carefully packs and boxes up your greenhouse kit for shipping.
Our standard shipping service is called Curbside Delivery. Your order will be delivered to a local terminal. The terminal will call you when your order arrives to schedule a delivery appointment. Deliveries are scheduled between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Your kit will be delivered on a lift-gate truck and the driver will unload it for you. We ask that you inspect the boxes for damage before signing the delivery receipt. Once the delivery receipt is signed you can start assembly!
A lot of customers wonder what our kits look like when they arrive. Sunglo received these amazing example pictures and sunglo greenhouse review:
It’s up now and we couldn’t be happier, when the wind broke several panels, we called and it was replaced within a
few days. When we were missing pieces, there was no issue – we called and within 2 days they were delivered with no
questions asked. When we had questions there was always someone to talk to and walk us through it. Had such great service from Joanie who answered the phone to the technicians who had so much patience with us.
Now it’s up, looking good and so proud – just have to go shopping for plants and supplies. Your company is the best and we would recommend it to anyone; and maybe that they get a few extra hands at the start of the project! Have attached some photos, from delivery to completion – like I said no plants yet, but that won’t be long
Bob and Bonnie Graham
A pair of very happy customers
To see more pictures of customers greenhouse projects visit our Facebook page.
If you have any questions about Sunglo’s shipping and/or delivery service please contact us.
Sunglo welcomes our new general Manager Henri, who recently visited his home country the Netherlands and took some amazing photographs of the magical Keukenhof garden for us to display.
Keukenhof garden. The world’s second largest flower garden following the Dubai miracle garden is a stunning display of flowers located in Lisse, a small town in South Holland. It is also called the Garden of Europe. The garden designs and flower combinations will leave you in awe.
Rows of colorful foliage and delicate spring blooms are beautifully placed along pathways for guests to roam. The bulbs are donated by the large local growers, who only display the finest of the crop, with a plack or sign showing off their hard work.
A wide range of flowers are used in the outdoor designs from lavender to tulips and daffodils to daisies. This magical dutch garden is definitely a sight for “green eyes” to see. Approximately 30 gardeners help design the land to a landscape architects plans. Every year the design changes. Keukenhof is open annually from March to May. After the prime visiting season the bulbs and flowers are actually thrown out.
To see the collection of pictures Henri took click here.
To plan your trip to Keukenhof visit their website.
Sunglo greenhouse kits are easy to build, long lasting and have excellent insulation. We offer free-standing and lean-to greenhouse kits.They are less expensive to heat and very low maintenance compared to other brands. We also keep in close contact with our customers.
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Here are some shots of my 1700-E taken at several different time points. My greenhouse is almost 10 years old and is still standing. Hope you enjoy.
Our lean-to diy greenhouse kits are very versatile and it’s easy to add customized accessories. We offer a wide range of accessories and gardening tools that were designed specifically for the Sunglo brand. Please see our Sunglo Product post.
Here is an example of a lean-to foundation and finished 1700 model lean-to kit:
Our lean-to greenhouses are a great option for a cramped backyard or small apartment space. They can be constructed on a deck, house, barn.. anywhere you have room! And you choose your foundation. Click here to learn about building your very own Sunglo.
Here is an example of a 1500 lean-to model:
If you are interested in a lean-to greenhouse please e-mail a request for a foundation guide to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give us a call at 1-800-647-0606. We offer M-F support for questions. And replacement parts are always available. To see updated customer photos and stay up to date with our staff visit our Facebook page.
Sunglo carries a wide range of accessories and Sunglo parts. We now offer complete packages that include all the items you’ll need to have your greenhouse up running and at a discounted price! For a complete accessory and parts catalog please e-mail us at email@example.com with your request or call our 800 number below.
Here are a few items that are included in our greenhouse packages:
Sunglo Greenhouses offers DIY greenhouse kits in free-standing and lean-to sizes. We also carry greenhouse accessories and Sunglo parts. Our warehouse is open M-F from 8am to 4pm to assist you in ordering parts. You can contact our sales office at 1-800-647-0606 for questions or to place orders.