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Greenhouse Foundations

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2100 model with 3 foot raised foundation/knee wall

 

Greenhouse foundations

Purchasing a greenhouse can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming process. The first factors 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 prefer 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 kit please notify us at 800-647-0606 to add a door drop kit to your order.

Concrete

Concrete is a great option for a greenhouse 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, commonly called a wood sill plate. 2 x 4’s will do. If you choose to use pressure treated wood make sure to install a barrier between the wood and aluminum, such as gasket material, as the treated wood can cause the aluminum to rust. Sunglo includes a barrier called a “boot” with each greenhouse kit.

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Concrete foundation – Raised/knee wall

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 greenhouse size for the foundation measurements.

This is designed to allow a safe margin for irregularities in the wood sill 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.

Wood

Inside a 1200G Sunglo greenhouse
1200 series Sunglo greenhouse with a raised wooden foundation and custom benches

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 assembling the base 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 through the floor boards.

1000E Sunglo greenhouse
1000E Sunglo greenhouse built on a wooden foundation

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 floor. Now it’s time to attach the greenhouse frame to the base – Make sure it is level and square again by measuring from corner to corner.  For added insulation, we suggest you caulk the bottom of the aluminum framing (caulk the wood then attach the frame – making sure there is a barrier between the aluminum and wood)  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! The only down side is you might have to replace the wood every 8-10 years.

Deck

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 no problem!  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.

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1700 lean-to model on deck

There are various mats you can purchase that have designs or 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 project. 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 usually attached to a house or 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!

NOTE: If you choose to create a foundation that is NOT concrete we highly recommend giving the wood base a few days to settle. After 24 hours re-measure for square and level. In some cases the foundation will settle and become uneven affecting the assembly of the greenhouse. And you dont want that to happen because it can make installation very difficult!

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.

To view a large gallery of pictures visit our Facebook albums page.

 For more advice about greenhouse foundations or general questions leave a comment below or please e-mail us at info@sunglogreenhouses.com or call us at 1-800-647-0606.

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.

Sunglo lean-to greenhouse
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

 

Sunglo Greenhouse Accessories and Parts

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 info@sunglogreenhouses.com with your request or call our 800 number below.

Here are a few items that are included in our greenhouse packages:

 

sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Benches and lighting: 30″ x 30″ cedar benches, 30″ x 12″ cedar shelves and fluorescent light fixture with 2 T8 bulbs and hanging hardware

 

sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Light kit: Moisture resistant light timer and fluorescent light fixture – Pictured above

 

Sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Irrigation kit: Coil hose, water wand and drip watering kit

 

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Shade Cloth: A custom cut shade cloth to fit your Sunglo, 74% gradient polypropylene with grommet holes.

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.

Ladybug pest control

Ladybugs – Your best ally in the fight with aphids!

Ladybug

Ladybugs –

 Let’s learn a little bit about these pest eaters. Ladybugs have many names. Such as lady beetle, Asian lady beetle, multicolored Asian lady beetle, ladybird and many more. They are actually not bugs but are beetles. Ladybird Beetle is the correct name but I still like “ladybug” There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide, only 400 are native to North America. The convergent lady beetle is the most common species.

Ladybugs are widely used as a form of natural pest control. Aphids seem to be the top food choice for them but they also eat scale insects, mealy bugs, mites, white fly and other soft insects. A fully grown hungry ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day! They could eat 5,000 aphids in their lifetime in both larvae and adult stages.

 

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Aphids are the most common garden pest insect and they feed on almost every type of plant. There are many different species of aphids but they all seem to have the same goal in mind… destroying you’re garden! They feed in colonies which is why they are so destructive and fast.

Signs of aphids are dried and colorless leaves and curled leaf tips. Aphids usually can be found on the underside of leaves and close to the top where the most nutrients can be sucked from the plant. They are savage little things and need to be dealt with as fast as possible.

LadybugsPest control-

Here at our Kent, WA. Sunglo office and warehouse we have a few greenhouses on display and like to grow plants and veggies ourselves, so we take advantage of the opportunity by growing a few things here and there. We bought a few herb plants from a home and garden depot only to find aphids on them!

We decided to try ladybugs for pest control. And boy let me tell you… it was awesome! We were able to purchase 1500 bugs online and they arrived within 5 days, let them free in our small lean-to greenhouse and within 15 minutes almost every aphid had disappeared! Overall I would 100% recommend ladybugs to get rid you of your pest nuisance! They are cute, inexpensive and best of all non-toxic! We freed most of them by keeping the doors wide open but a few are still around, stalking their next aphid meal.

Ladybugs

To learn about another common pest; thrips – click here.

The Importance of Shade Cloths

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1000D Sunglo With Shade Cloth

There are many factors involved in greenhouse gardening. And we all know that to grow different plants and flowers the conditions need to be just right. So climate control and ventilation are very important. Greenhouses can get very hot in certain areas around the country. So for that extra protection we offer shade cloths.

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1700D Sunglo With Shade Cloth

But why? Well, in humid areas misting and fogging may not be adequate enough in thosehot summer months. And excess moisture build up can become a problem.

There are many different ways to “shade” your greenhouse. Spray on and liquid options are available. As well as woven polyester or even aluminum varieties. Shade cloths can be found in varying densities or degrees of shade from approximately 5% to 95%.

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Sunglo’s Shade Cloth Material

Sunglo offers a 73% gradient polypropylene cloth with double sewn reinforced hems and brass grommets for easy anchoring. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer and it is used in a variety of products around the world.

 Polypropylene is normally colored using carbon black. It is tough stuff but still flexible and it has good resistance to fatigue. It is suseptable to UV damage from sunlight exposure but our shade cloths are coated with a UV absorbing additive and carbon black also has some “SPF” properties to it.

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Sunglo’s Shade Cloth Packaged

Shade cloths can be the difference between beautiful plants or burnt plants! Don’t leave your plants to risk, shade cloths are inexpensive and will last you through the years keeping your plants safe and happy!

 Please contact us to request our complete pricing and product catalog.

To attach Sunglo’s shade cloth to your greenhouse, use some bungee cord or rope to thread through the grommets and secure them to some loop posts that are anchored to the ground or base. Lean-to models: For convenience try to set up the loop posts so you can easily roll the shade cloth up or down.

Call or e-mail us for our shade cloth instruction diagram. Please specify free-standing or lean-to.

For more information on Sunglo’s shade cloths or other greenhouse accessories please contact us anytime. And visit us on Facebook for promotion updates and gardening info.

DIY greenhouse shades
DIY greenhouse shades

To see how to install these light weight shades click here.

Sunglo Surface Area Guide

Sunglo Greenhouses Surface Areas-

This post is a supplement of a previous post for determining the heating or BTU requirements of your greenhouse – Click here to read the Greenhouse Heating post.

The following are approximate surface area’s of each Sunglo greenhouse series.

1000 Series - Surface Area

  • 1000 Series – 7′ 9″ Width

Model                Surface Area

7.5ft – B                     228

10ft – C                      276

12.5ft – D                   324

15ft – E                      372

17.5ft – F                   420

For every 2.5ft after model 1000F add 48 to the surface area.

1200 Series - Surface Area

  •  1200 Series – 10′ 3″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                       338

12.5ft – D                    392

15ft – E                       446

17.5ft – F                    500

20ft – G                       554

For every 2.5ft after model 1200G add 54 to the surface area.

2100 Series - Surface Area

  • 2100 Series – 15′ 3″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                     484

12.5ft – D                  549

15ft – E                     614

17.5ft – F                  679

20ft – G                    744

For every 2.5ft after model 2100G add 65 to the surface area.

1500 Series - Surface Area

  • 1500 Lean-To Series – 5′ 1.5″ Width

Model               Surface Area

10ft – C                    169

12.5ft – D                 196

15ft – E                     223

17.5ft – F                  250

20ft – G                    277

For every 2.5ft after model 1500G add 27 to the surface area.

1700 Series - SUrface Area

  • 1700 Lean-To Series – 7′ 7.5″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                    242

12.5ft – D                 275

15ft – E                    307

17.5ft – F                 340

20ft – G                    372

For every 2.5ft after model 1700G add 33 to the surface area.

If you are a customer with a custom style Sunglo or have a discontinued series or just have questions please give us a call at 1-800-647-0606.

Sunglo Greenhouse Interior

Awesome Sunglo Greenhouse

Featured Sunglo Greenhouse

We are taking a break from the Blast from the Past video series during our home and garden show season, but in the meantime I wanted to share an email received this week from a most ingenious customer. I have been working with Marshall over the course of the last couple of months and it has been amazing to watch this project come together.

Marshall writes:

sunglo greenhouseHi Michael,

In two separate e-mails I will send some photos of our recently completed 1700-C greenhouse.  We are very pleased with the quality of the 8′ X 10′ lean-to model.  It is attached to the south-facing wall of our  garage.  In spite of the cool cloudy and sometimes rainy days in SW Washington, there have been occasional sunny days in February that the automated exhaust fan has come on to cool down the greenhouse when it reached 90 degrees. 

sungloAn added benefit of the lean-to model is that the north wall of the greenhouse is the insulated wall of the garage and if desired, I can open the windows of the garage and allow the natural heat of the greenhouse to come into my woodworking shop in the garage.

Greenhouse Floor HeatYou will see from the pictures that I chose to put in two in-ground insulated growing beds in hopes of growing vegetables in the winter.  Each bed is about 7 feet in length and 14 inches wide and insulated with two inch-thick styrofoam. One of the beds is 10 inches deep, the other is 5 inches deep.  They each have thermostatically controlled heat cables set in sand in the bottom.  The cables are then covered with wire mesh to protect them before filling the beds with soil.  The soil temperature being maintained at 70 degrees by the heat cables will be optimum to stimulate growth which will save heating the entire greenhouse.  Since soil temperature is the determining factor for germination and growth, the only other heat required will be to keep the greenhouse just above freezing.  Sunglo Greenhouse InteriorSupplemental HPS lighting suspended from the ceiling will extend the daylight hours to 14 – 16 hours per day, which will be necessary in the winter.  The 1000 watt HPS bulb will also generate some heat that will be beneficial.  I will still have plenty of floor and bench space for propagating other plants to transplant into the garden in spring and summer.

The electrical control panel for ventilation and heating is working well but I did have to add one more outlet for the heat cables.  The extra outlets are also useful for heat mats used on the bench.

Thanks again for all your help and answering questions I had during construction.  We are looking forward to giving the greenhouse a good workout the remainder of the winter and into the spring with hopes of having fresh veggies next winter.

Sincerely, Marshall Himes

It just goes to show that the control you have over the growing environment in a greenhouse is only limited by your imagination. This is a truly phenomenal design Marshall and thank you for the great pictures!

Greenhouse Grants for Schools

It can be difficult for schools to integrate horticulture into their curriculum. Of the numerous difficulties, cost is often the greatest obstacle. Another difficulty can be be space. Both are highly limited resources for schools and allocating them to horticultural instruction often means limiting other important parts of the curriculum. That is why I wanted to share some grant opportunities for schools that help make horticulture instruction possible.

 

If you are interested in applying for these grants one great site I found was http://grants.kidsgardening.org/. They list nearly every grant currently available and provide a multitude of helpful information about implementing a gardening program and completing grant applications.

In most areas of the country the winter season is almost as long as the school year and this makes gardening outdoors impractical if not impossible. Erecting a greenhouse provides a sheltered area specially designed for horticultural instruction. Over the years we have worked with many schools to custom fit their greenhouses to their specific needs and location. Our design allows for a high amount of customization without the cost of paying an architect and specialized contractor and our spacious lean-to models are especially attractive for schools that prefer the greenhouse be attached to the building. The insulated, energy efficient design also keeps operating costs down over the many years of use that a Sunglo provides and we offer highly discounted fully accessorized deals exclusively for schools as well.

Although horticulture as a career is becoming a less valid investment with time, sparking an interest in biological studies at a young age helps to insure that those individuals who have an affinity for such can be provided with the encouragement they need to begin shaping future career goals. It starts with planting seeds and learning about growth and development, and for some it leads to careers in genetics, aggro-ecology, and molecular biology.School greenhouse It is the inventive individuals in these horticulture related fields that are of utmost importance as the Earth’s population continues to rapidly increase and the food supply chain becomes further stressed. Personally, with some guidance toward a horticulture related career at an earlier age perhaps I could have saved myself two years of college education, and the debt that came with it, pursuing a career that would not have been a good fit for me. If you are an educator or a parent interested in starting or augmenting a gardening program at your local school please give us a call. We have helped many schools make their aspirations a reality over the years and we can put you in touch with educators whose students currently benefit from having one of our greenhouses at their school.

 

For another post about school grants for greenhouses click here.