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Sunglo Greenhouse Tips

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Thank you for purchasing your Sunglo greenhouse!

Sunglo Greenhouse Tips

Now that your greenhouse is built here are a few things to help you get started-

• Have a certified electrician connect your electricity for the ventilation system, power panel and other electrical components.
• Once electrical has been connected, set your ventilation thermostat and heating thermostat at your desired temperatures.

  • Example of power panel placement (220V shown): Place the panel in a location where it is least likely to be exposed to water.

Sunglo greenhouse tips - Power panel

 

• Hook up your lights! They can be hung from the trusses for overhead lighting.

  • Example of light placement: You can drill holes through the roof trusses, place an S-hook through the holes, and hang lights and baskets from the hooks.

Sunglo greenhouse tips - Lights
• Install your shade cloth if the temperature is hot outside. We suggest purchasing 6+ bungee cords and the same amount of eyelet hooks to install your shade cloth.

  • Example of shade cloth on free-standing model: The wooden foundation is perfect to hold the eyelet hooks. For larger greenhouse you can use a long rope at the corners for easy installation and removal.

Sunglo greenhouse tips - Shade cloth

 

• Cleaning your greenhouse-

  • We suggest cleaning the greenhouse twice a year with 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of warm water. Using a long handled mop scrub the outside and inside of the greenhouse. Environmentally safe cleaning products can be used as well.

• Visit the Sunglo blog for information about saving energy, shade cloths, additional accessories and about greenhouse growing.
• If you haven’t already, we suggest investing in a good greenhouse growing book like “The Greenhouse Expert” By Dr. D.G. Hessayon. This will provide you with information on different plants that thrive in your greenhouse atmosphere and additional information about grow lights, plant nutrients, temperature and moisture control, etc.

• Now that you have the major things sorted out check out our “Greenhouse Gardening Basics” post to keep you moving forward!
• Find Sunglo on social media for new product alerts, company news and greenhouse growing information-

Sunglo provides for each greenhouse a manual, foundation guide, power panel wiring diagram, cedar shelf instructions, product/parts catalog and other information. Contact customer service if you would like to request any additional information.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sunglo’s customer service or technical team for any questions you may have. Call 425-251-8005 or e-mail info@sunglogreenhouses.com.

If you have any “Sunglo greenhouse tips” you would like to share please let us know!

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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.
sunglo snowload

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 Foundations

greenhouse foundations
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.

Fabulous Orchids!

Fabulous Orchids!

Orchids

Orchids are mysterious, breath taking and high maintenance. Grown by enthusiasts for their elegance and beauty, as well as for decoration. The most common type of orchid is probably the moth orchid, or the Phalaenopsis orchid. These orchids can be bought at most garden stores and are the easiest to take care of because they do well in most indoor environments. But even the easiest to grow orchids require special care.

What are orchids?

Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family. It is a diverse and widespread flowering plant with colorful blooms and is often fragrant. There are so many orchid species it’s impossible to know them all.  The number of orchid species is twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species! Since the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars. Orchids can be found anywhere around the world except in freezing climates. The majority of orchids are found in humid, hot, tropic/sub tropic regions. Orchids are perennial epiphytes which grow anchored to trees or shrubs.Orchids Species such as Angraecum sororium are lithophytes growing on rocks or very rocky soil. Other orchids (including the majority) are terrestrial and can be found in habitat areas such as grasslands or forest.

Orchids can be found in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. I happen to prefer the brightly colored larger species. Many different orchid vendors can be found online offering some rare and sometimes strange looking species and hybrids.

Orchids

Can you grow orchids in a Sunglo?

Absolutely! Sunglo greenhouses are great for growing orchids due to the ability to manipulate the environment. You have a ventilation system for the summer months and heating for the winter. Orchids have many different preferred climates. Be sure to make yourself aware of the climate needs of each species. There are even climate controls available to help control humidity and moisture. Greenair products offer a wide variety of atmospheric controls and can be purchased through Sunglo.

Orchids

Tips on maintenance:

Growing orchids from seed is something I really don’t want to get into. It can take years and years for a “seed orchid” to mature and we just don’t have time for that! But when you purchase an orchid and bring it home here are a few things to remember:

  1. Study the species you want to bring home. Make sure you can provide the needed light, temperature and feeding instructions.
  2. Understand the watering requirements. With a vast number of species there are some differences in the watering procedures. Most do not need much water. Click here for more orchid care tips.
  3. Feed your orchid. Orchid fertilizer can be bought at most home and garden stores. A fertilizer with high nitrogen is usually suggested. It is recommended to feed most orchids 1-2 times per month.
  4. Repot when needed. You must research your orchid to know what kind of media it likes. Most garden stores carry mixed media packages for the common species. Repotting is important to give the orchid fresh media – moss, bark, peat etc. And also give more room if it needs it.
  5. Know the diseases that can occur. If you can identify the disease right off the bat you will have a greater chance of saving your precious flowers. Some common diseases are leaf spots, petal blight, and fungi such as black rot.

OrchidsMore valuable information can be found at the following links:

My first orchid

American Orchid Society

YouTube Video – Orchid care

Energy saving tips – In your greenhouse

Here are a few energy saving tips:

Energy Saving Tips

Reduce air leakage from the greenhouse –

Small cracks and loose glazing materials can cause unwanted air to enter or escape from your greenhouse. Obviously both will affect the efficiency of any heating system you have in place. But fixing areas around the doors and vents that are not air tight can help stop unwanted air flow. Caulking holes or lining parts of the frame and weather stripping around the door can make a big difference. Shutting your fans off during the winter and covering them with a thick plastic will help keep your greenhouse regulated in the winter months. And always fix any holes or broken panels as soon as possible. If you have a Sunglo you can call 1-800-647-0606 for any replacement parts!

Use a double layer glazing system –

Double layered glazing material can be beneficial, if it is done the correct way. Our greenhouses have an inner corrugated panel that creates a 1.5” dead air space keeping it exceptionally insulated. To see how Sunglo’s unique glazing system works click here.

Install windbreaks –

Windbreaks are important in high wind areas because it prevents the cold wind from hitting the greenhouse therefore cooling it down. Building a mini fence or even planting shrubbery around the base of your greenhouse is effective. Some gardener’s plant small trees around their greenhouse, it not only looks pretty but will help keep the wind at bay. Whatever you decide to use make sure it stands mid-level to your greenhouse so it doesn’t block the sun. If you already have some tree cover in your yard or near the greenhouse than your in luck! No planting for you!

Use a shade cloth –

Shade cloths are wonderful for high temperature areas. They are used during the hottest time of the day to reduce thermal solar radiation. Sunglo carries a wide variety of sizes and they can be mixed and matched to perfectly fit your greenhouse. For more information on shade cloths click here.

Use your heat wisely –

To calculate what type of heater you’ll need for your greenhouse there is a simple formula. Take the temperature you want the greenhouse to stay at (let’s say 50) and the average winter temperature in your area (how about 20) and subtract them (equals 30). Next you multiply the temperature difference by the surface area of your greenhouse (8×10 greenhouse is 276 X 30 = 8280). Now you multiply your answer by your greenhouse materials U value. For a Sunglo you would multiply 8280 X .75 = 6210 BTU’s(.75 is Sunglo’s U value). This means you need to find a heater that has exactly or over 6210 BTU’s to efficiently heat your greenhouse. Using the correct heater will ensure thriving plants and not use unwanted electricity. To see this formula again and more in depth information on BTU requirements check out this post. Click here.

For more information on saving energy visit PSE.com

2014 Garden Shows

Upcoming 2014 Garden Shows

Garden showPortland Home & Garden Show – Portland, OR.

The 67th annual Portland Home & Garden Show is Feb. 20th – 23rd. It’s being held at the Portland Expo Center. Adult ticket prices are to be determined but children under 12 get in for free. This garden show will be showcasing new garden designs and colors, flowers and plants will be for sale and hundreds of vendors who are experienced in landscape and garden design will be available for any questions you have. For more info click here.

 

Yard, Garden & Patio Show – Portland, OR.

This show is in Portland, OR. too. It will be held at the Oregon Convention Center Feb. 28th – Mar. 2nd. The show, typically held in late February, has long been recognized as the unofficial launch of spring in the Portland area. It features the latest ideas in plant material, landscaping and related outdoor accessories from more than 300 exhibiting companies and organizations. A series of showcase gardens adds colorful pizzazz to the show floor and provides visitors with a wealth of ideas on how they can enhance their own personal landscapes. For more info about this show click here.

 

Philadelphia Flower Show – Philadelphia, PA.

Yes, I know this one is a bit far away but it has been known to be awesome! – The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Mar. 1st to 9th.  It’s the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations. This is one show that will be a sight to see! The theme this year seems to be ARTiculture, you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Visit there website by clicking here.

 

San Fransciso Flower and Garden Show – San Fransisco, CA.

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is back! The show will be held at the San Mateo Event Center Mar. 19th – 23rd with exciting new exhibits and vendors added each day! This year more than ever, it is important to learn tips and tricks on how to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. The SF Flower and Garden Show will include speakers, seminar, and workshops from a variety of gardening perspectives. There will be world class designers, brand new garden gadgets, fun activities for kids, and more! Click here for more information about this show.

 

Boise Flower and Garden Show – Boise, ID.

The 18th annual Boise Flower & Garden Show, March 21-23, 2014 at the Boise Centre will spring to life with everything you need to make your garden beautiful! Shop for the latest in landscape design, garden art and decor, yard furniture, plants, decks, greenhouse, and more. You will also enjoy spectacular display gardens; educational and fun gardening seminars; orchid and bonsai displays; a silent auction of beautiful and unique container gardens and much more. This one is worth the drive! Check out there website here.

 

Southern California Spring Garden Show – Costa Mesa, CA.

This is the 25th year for the California Spring Garden Show. It is being held from Apr. 24th – 27th. Landscape gardens designed by leading landscape architects and designers will be on display, as well as Over 75 specialty garden vendors offering exotic plants, unique garden accessories, and much more! This is a smaller garden show but it is a wonderous sight! Click here for more information.

 

Garden Expo 2014 – Spokane, WA.

On May 10th Spokane Community College is hosting the 15th annual garden expo from 9am to 5pm. This is a free event and will have 250 booths displaying a variety of garden art, gardening decorations and lots of unique garden themed items. There will be one of a kind garden art, children’s activities, and a group of speakers. For more info click here.

This is not a complete list of garden shows for 2014 but definitely some of the best! If you ever have any gardening questions or need greenhouse advice please contact us anytime!

Hurricane Sandy Tested

We received a customer testimonial from Connecticut this week where Hurricane Sandy recently made a terrible mess of things.

Ken writes:

My wife and I are just your everyday home owners, maybe a bit handier than some, but less than others…certainly not professional trades’ people. We bought the SunGlo kit thinking we’d try to build it ourselves as a fun project to do together. Well, we built 90% of it in one weekend and had a blast doing it. The manual and the DVD were more than clear enough to guide us through the process, and despite some sore muscles Monday, we were proud of the results.

The following weekend we knew Hurricane Sandy was coming so we finished up the project, closed the door and went about securing the rest of the house. Northwest CT recorded wind gusts of over 65 MPH for almost 2 days, with horizontal wind, trees, leaves, and branches flying everywhere. Our power was out for 2 and 1/2 days. The SunGlo greenhouse was just fine!

The next week we got hit with a Nor’easter that dumped nearly a foot of snow in near blizzard conditions- again the SunGlo came through just fine. Our cool weather seedlings and other houseplants in the greenhouse are all doing very well.

Thanks for making such a quality product here in the States.

It just goes to show that, be it Solanaceae or Asteraceae, nothing protects your family like a Sunglo.

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.