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burlap greenhouse shades

DIY Greenhouse Shades

Pretty Burlap Greenhouse Shades

Post author: Heidi at mysweetcottage.com

 

I still love the Sunglo greenhouse that my husband, Chris, assembled last fall.

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Greenhouse in December, 2014, shortly after assembly of the exterior.

And, since I’m new to greenhouse gardening in general, I’m still learning new things about it.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Because of the excellent south-facing location we chose for the greenhouse and the early spring we’ve been having this year, the fan in the greenhouse has been working overtime.  The plants and seeds I started inside have been getting a little too much of some good things – namely heat and sun.

My darling greenhouse is just doing what it’s supposed to do, and it came with a shade cloth for the exterior that we realized we should install pronto for just these kinds of conditions.

A Lighter Shade of . . . Shade

Maybe I was just being naïve, but it seemed to me to be a little early in the year to install the shade cloth.  In the Pacific Northwest, the weather can turn on a dime, and we might still be faced with days of clouds, rain, and general gloominess.

So I started thinking about ways to get some light-duty shade.  Something I could install on the inside of the greenhouse that would allow filtered light and bring the temperature down just a few degrees.

At the fabric store, I ran across that good old standby, burlap.  And burlap is sometimes used in orchards and plantations to shade crops but still provide filtered light.  Perfect.

I chose this soft, pretty burlap.

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Shading on the Curve

So now we had a new challenge:  How to turn the burlap into shades that would curve with the wall of the greenhouse.

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Greenhouse before shades

I decided I would leave the ceiling of the greenhouse un-shaded since most of the sunlight comes in from the south-facing wall.  So I would shade the curved wall down to the upper shelf.  That way, plants that needed it could be placed on the lower shelf and still get direct sunlight.

But how to make a shade fit the curve.  At first I thought we (and by “we,” I mean Chris) could install an upper rod to suspend the shades, and then a second rod farther down on the curve.  The shades would then be tucked behind the second rod so they would follow the line of the curve.

But we both hated the thought of drilling a lot of big holes and….

To view this full post you can read it on Heidi’s blog here.

 

1700C – 8×10 Lean-To Greenhouse Review

Greenhouse Review – Redmond, WA.

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1700C – 8×10 Lean-to Sunglo Greenhouse – Attached to customer’s house on deck foundation

Hi Sunglo,

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

Thank you for making such a great greenhouse.  We chose the 1700-C lean-to, and it turned out to be a perfect fit on our deck.

We installed it around a kitchen door and can walk straight into the greenhouse without going outside.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

It’s tall enough for us to walk around comfortably (I’m 6’1”), and wide and deep enough for several large shelves of flowers and room to work.

We’ve even brought in a couple chairs and table so we can hang out with the bonsais and orchids.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse – Interior

It was pretty spectacular to sit out there in a thunder storm with heavy wind, rain and lightning.  The greenhouse was water-tight and didn’t budge.

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110V power panel with heating/cooling thermostat and outlet

The heater, fan and automatic shutter are hooked up now, and as you described the greenhouse is like a living thing, heating and cooling when it chooses.

We had read in reviews that some greenhouse kits had issues with rattling and weak frames.  We chose Sunglo because we had read your greenhouses were much stronger and in a class by themselves.

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Sunglo greenhouses acrylic panels and aluminum framework

After watching our greenhouse come together, I now know why.  Those rivets and aluminum frame are clearly inspired by aircraft design, and the final result is as tight and solid as an air-frame.

There is no rattling, and nothing moves even when you push hard against the frame.

We are very happy with our greenhouse and would recommend it to anyone.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

Thanks so much for making it and for your help getting it up and running.

 

Ron & Bertie

Redmond, WA.

To view this complete project click here.

To learn more about Sunglo’s 1700 lean-to series click here.

Read another customer review here.

Questions? Call us @ 800-647-0606

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Lean-to greenhouse review

Lean-To Greenhouse Review – Minnesota

A dear customer of ours in MN. sent us a wonderful story about his greenhouse experience. If you are interested in building a lean-to greenhouse this is a must read!

“The knee wall is 4X6 pressure treated lumber.  It is a higher level of treatment from a local high quality lumber yard, not your standard self service do it yourself store.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review
1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Foundation completed
I started the foundation wall right after I placed the order with Sunglo and took my time getting a good base packed below the timbers.  I dug out the black dirt down 12 inches and put in 8 inches of gravel, packing it as I went and kept it level.  When I put the timbers on top of the gravel it took lots of adjusting to get it level and square.  I measured kitty corner both directions many times. Then let it sit a few days and did some more adjusting after it rained and settled the ground some more.  I used a 2 foot level first and after I thought I had it right I borrowed a transom to make sure, and it was nice and level.  If I had to do it over again, I would get a transom before I started.  It would have saved me some time.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – First steps in the assembly process
Mounting the vertices upright and ridge header on the steel pole building wall was a challenge.
I waited for the greenhouse to arrive to prep the building to make sure I cut the steel in the correct place.   I knew I had to cut the corrugated steel to mount the greenhouse to the building wood frame.
I used a hand held high speed grinder with a cutting disk to slot out the steel siding about 3 inches wide. I inverted J trim on each side of the uprights and under the ridge header to finish the look. I put flashing on the top side of the ridge header. I also installed additional 2X4 framing above and below the ridge header to reattach the steel siding on each side of the slot.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Assembly process progressing
My largest mistake was to assume my building was plumb. It was only 6 years old and I was very pleased with the quality so I assumed it was plumb. I found out differently when I tried to install the first overhead truss.  It didn’t reach!  When I checked the building I found it was leaning away by 3/4 inch from the top to bottom of the greenhouse. This delayed me a day removing the vertices uprights and ridge header to shim it plumb and reinstalling things.
It took me awhile to assemble the greenhouse because I’m not good at puzzles, so I went slow. I had planned to do so up front.
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1700D – 8×12.5 Lean-to greenhouse – Assembly complete!
I only worked half days because it was August on the south side of a steel building and it was hot!  I made a few mistakes but it was easy to drill out the rivets and correct them.
I was mostly done after a week and I was able to do it all by myself, except for mounting the ridge header and the first gable end panel.  My wife held things in place until I secured it.
During the assembly process I appreciated Sunglo’s customer service in discussing and solving the challenges I encountered. I am now enjoying learning how to grow plants in a greenhouse. I have lettuce, spinach, radish, chives, tomatoes, onions and strawberries already growing.”
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review - Interior
Growing strawberries, flowers, tomatoes etc.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review - Interior
Yellow buckets filled with water help heat the greenhouse
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With multiple layers of shelving and lots of hanging posts you can really use maximum space for growing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lean-to greenhouses are wonderful for limited or confined space. Sunglo offers 2 sizes of lean-to style greenhouses. The 1700 series – 8ft width is shown above and we also carry a 1500 series – 5ft width for even smaller spaces. With lengths from 5′ to 100′ we can help you find the right size for your space. To read another lean-to greenhouse review – click here.

2014 Winter Photo Contest – Winners Announced!

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Contest Winners Announced

Sunglo’s 2014 winter photo contest was a success!

We really wanted to engage with our long time Sunglo owners and give our new greenhouse owners something to be excited about! ALL of the photo entries were beautiful and we had a lot of fun interacting with all of our contestants. Thank you for your entries and we hope you will all participate again next year!

 

After a long deliberation the Sunglo crew has chosen the winners:

**  Congratulations!  **

 

3rd Place: Ms. Sheisl-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

2nd Place: Ms. Vanmeer-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

  1st Place: Ms. Madden/Jacobson-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

And visit her blog here.

Contest winners announced

 

We had a hard time choosing through these great photos! Here is a peek at some other entries –

2014 Winter Photo Entry
1700 Lean-to model. Learn more about lean-to greenhouses here.
2014 Winter Photo Entry
Happy Sunglo owners in their 1000 model. Learn more about the 1000 series here.
1200 Sunglo greenhouse
Beautiful 1200 model in AZ. Learn about the 1200 series here.
1700 Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse
Sunglo’s can hold a ton of snow! See details about this size lean-to greenhouse here.

 

 

 

Sunglo's 1000 model greenhouse
Beautiful Christmas bows on this 1000 series. Learn more here.
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The Sunglo Winter Contest is About to Begin!

Sunglo’s first official contest is about to begin!


Winter photo contest 2014

Winter Photo Contest 2014

From Nov. 25th 2014 to Dec 25th 2014 submit your best winter photo of your Sunglo greenhouse to win one-of-a-kind prizes from Sunglo! Enter for your chance to win! 3 winners will be chosen!

 

 


 

The prizes will be announced on the first day of the contest via Sunglo social media sites (see links below).

 

RULES:

  1. Picture must show your Sunglo greenhouse. Any part of the greenhouse. Interior, outer or just a corner. As long as there is a Sunglo greenhouse in the picture it is a valid submission.
  2. Picture must be of gardening content. Anything that has to do with plants, flowers, gardening, nature or even your happy family standing next to the greenhouse. Beautiful, cute, inspiring or strange pictures will do as long as it’s got a garden in it!
  3. Submit your picture to info@sunglogreenhouses.com or on our Facebook page by Dec. 24th.
  4. For winners to receive notification please provide your full name, phone number and/or e-mail address and your shipping address with your submission. If entered on Facebook you will be notified by a private message requesting the information.
  5. Winners will be chosen Dec. 29th 2014 and notified immediately by e-mail, phone or Facebook message.
  6. Prizes here.
  7. Prizes will be shipped to the winner’s provided shipping address at no cost.

 

Sunglo’s social media sites:

Pinterest  Facebook  Twitter  YouTube  Houzz

Greenhouse Growing – Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air plants (Tillandsia)

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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

Tillandsia and pup
Air Plant with pup – Wikipedia

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.

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Lynda’s design – Hanging terrarium

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.

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Lynda’s 5 x 15 lean-to sunglo greenhouse with shade cloth in use

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!

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Air plants growing on homemade mesh shelves in Lynda’s 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.

Tillandsia veluntinaTillandsia ionantha peach

Tillandsia caput medusae

Tillandsia fuchsii v gracillis

Sunglo Greenhouse Reviews

Sunglo Greenhouse Reviews
Sunglo Customer

 

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-

 

-SungloGreenhouses.com

EXAMPLE 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.”

 

-Costco.com

EXAMPLE REVIEW:

Bellevue, WA
Pros: very well designed
Model Number: SunGlo 8′ x 12.5′ Expert 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.”

 

-Houzz.com

EXAMPLE REVIEW:

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 –

Hurricane Sandy Tested

Sunglo Greenhouse – Delivery to done!

Sunglo’s Lean-To Greenhouse Kits

Amazing Sunglo Greenhouse

Lean-to project review

 

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Sunglo Greenhouse Review – Delivery to done!

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.

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Actual Sunglo Greenhouse Delivery

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:

Dear Sunglo,

It’s up now and we couldn’t be happier, when the wind broke several panels, we called and it was replaced within a

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few days. When we lost some 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 Graham2patience 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 Graham3the project! Have attached some photos, from delivery to completion – like I said no plants yet, but that won’t be long

 

 

 

Sincerely:

Bob and Bonnie Graham

A pair of very happy customers

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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’s Lean-to DIY Greenhouse Kits

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.

Harold’s review writes:

Thanks for your assistance with my order this morning.
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.
forever strong sunglo greenhouse kits

forever strong sunglo greenhouse kits

Cheers,
Hal
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:
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Completed assembly of the foundation and lean-to sunglo greenhouse
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:
1500 Series
If you are interested in a lean-to greenhouse please e-mail a request for a foundation guide to info@sunglogreenhouses.com. 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. To view an actual customer lean-to project click here.

Alaska Grown Program

Alaska Grown Logo

The agriculture industry in Alaska created the Alaska Grown logo to highlight products grown in Alaska. The program is designed to increase consumer awareness and consumption of Alaska agricultural products. The Alaska Grow logo will start showing up on all sorts of Alaska goods and I think it’s a great thing! Every community should embrace the “home grown” products in their area. It not only helps the hard working families but locally grown fruits and veggies will keep our families on the healthy track as well! I commend Alaska for starting this program!

One of Sunglo’s favorite customers from Alaska just got finished building his 2100F Sunglo. Look at that snow! He sent us:

“Here’s pictures of some Alaskan hoodlums… thanks again for a great greenhouse and customer service!”

–Mr. B

 

Alaska Grown Alaska GrownHoodlums? Well I don’t know about that. But they certainly look like Alaskan grown kids to me! Thank you for the awesome pictures Mr. B!

For more information on the Alaska Grown program Click Here.