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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.

Sunglo Greenhouse – Top of the List

Sunglo greenhouses made the Gardener’s Wishlist this year published in the longest running gardening column in North America! And at the top of the list no less!

Link to Article

Jeff Lowenfels, pictured at left, has been writing his column for over 36 years now. That dates back to the first Sunglo greenhouse ever sold.

 

 

Disclaimer: Picture is a fictional representation. Jeff has been writing his column for a long time, but not quite that long. For more about Jeff Lowenfels please visit his website.

All Season Greenhouse Sale

Snow VillageA greenhouse is a horticultural haven where life blooms all year round and warm light is always in abundance. They serve as an oasis for those passionate gardeners who refuse to stop just because Jack Frost says so. If this best describes yourself or someone you know I would like to give you an opportunity to ensure that you or someone close to you will have a backyard tropical getaway for many winters to come.

Until the end of December all orders placed for any model greenhouse come with all of the climate controls you need to utilize your greenhouse all year round at no extra charge. This includes shadeclothes, exhaust fans, and intake shutters for the summer and heaters for the winter. You will also get thermostats to control both the ventilation system and heater so you can easily maintain your desired temperatures no matter what the weather.

As winter sets in for most of the country many of our customers are already enjoying the benefits of a greenhouse that can withstand harsh weather and maintain an optimal growing environment without costing a small fortune. For more on this please view our previous posts discussing why Sunglo greenhouses are made for cold climates by clicking the links below.

Overwintering in the Greenhouse and Sunglo in Alaska

In some areas of the country it is still not yet cold enough to prevent you from having a greenhouse ready to go for this winter, and if you are already hibernating you can lock in this deal for spring by placing your order by the end of the year. We can have the greenhouse to you in as little a two weeks and if you have been searching for the perfect gift for the gardener on your list this year I assure you that greenhouse is pronounced “Best Gift Ever!” when given as a gift.

 

Overwintering in the Greenhouse

greenhouse snow loadOne of the things I enjoy most about spring is planning out my gardens for the season. However, it also used to be one of things I dreaded as I began to tally up the cost of buying new plants every year. Having a greenhouse has allowed me to overwinter all of my beloved container plantings, and some of my garden perennials that cannot survive the winters here in the northwest. I have put a great deal of time into designing and caring for the container arrangements around my house, and now I do not have to park in the driveway during the winter while I store them in the garage.

pot in potLast year I started using a pot in pot system where I buried larger pots in the garden that the perennials’ pots can fit into. This makes pulling them in the fall much less labor intensive and then in the spring I just put them back into their prearranged spot and cover both pots over with mulch. This has also allowed me to incorporate rare plants that are not recommended for my hardiness zone into my landscape. I know pride is a sin, but it is always satisfying when someone says, “How did you get that to survive? I tried and it didn’t make it through the first winter.”

Then I proceed to tell them about how my greenhouse has allowed me to really take my gardening to the next level. I opted to get the all season package that included a heater, motorized intake shutter, exhaust fan, and all the thermostats to automatically control them at the temperatures I set. To ice the cake it also came with a wireless weather station that allows me to monitor the temperature and humidity of the greenhouse from my kitchen. All I have to do is check periodically to make sure the pots do not get bone dry and the climate controls do the rest. I do not have to worry about pesky rodents, freezing, fluctuations in soil temperature, or dessication from being exposed to cold dry air because my plants are protected within the greenhouse.

Sunglo in AlaskaThere are only a couple of things to keep in mind when you set out to overwinter your plants in a greenhouse. In the early fall, I gradually reduce watering and fertilization and allow the plants to harden off outside until just before the first frost.This puts them into a state of dormancy and keeping the greenhouse temperatures between 45° and 55° F throughout the winter prevents them from coming out of it prematurely.This is very important because any undesired growth at such low temperatures will more than likely be weak and therefore highly susceptible to various infestations.

overwinter greenhouseThis is where a Sunglo greenhouse truly outperforms the competition. The exhaust fan, motorized intake shutter, and heater, all controlled by individual thermostats, ensure that the temperatures stay within the desired range. Most hobbyist greenhouses on the market use a paraffin wax piston to automatically open a vent of some sort. It is impossible for this type of passive ventilation system to maintain temperatures between a specified range.

sunglo snow loadDuring dormancy water uptake is dramatically reduced, but you must be careful not to let the soil get to dry. Just a slight dampness to the touch is sufficient. I considered installing a drip watering system on an irrigation timer this year, but decided against it. Colder temperatures and overly wet soil can spell certain doom for roots and the plants that depend on them. Instead I will continue to check them periodically and I suspect they appreciate the company.

overwintered plantsAs spring approaches I raise the temperature to between 55° and 65° F and gradually increase it from there. Some people prefer to keep the temperatures in that range until they move their plants out of the greenhouse to ensure they are hardened off. I have found that a strong oscillating fan and cooler night temperatures promotes strong enough growth for outdoor conditions. I also wait until I am absolutely certain there will be no more frost before I move anything out into the garden. I resume regular watering and begin an incremental fertilization schedule starting at half strength. By sometime in March I have the temperatures high enough to start spending some quality time in the greenhouse again and begin to germinate seeds, pot up the dormant cuttings I have taken over the winter, and get back into the business of what I love most.

I still enjoy planning out my gardens every spring, but with most of my plants all ready to go I now marvel at how much money I save. The question I am most asked is, “Isn’t the cost of heating the greenhouse throughout the winter more than the plants are worth?”  To which I always inwardly ask, “How do you put a value on keeping that which you love so much alive?” But in all honesty, being as serious a gardener as I am,  the unrivaled insulation of my Sunglo’s dual pane design keeps my energy costs well below what I used to spend on plant material every year. If you are interested in taking your gardening to the next level or have more questions related to overwintering please give us a call.

Sunglo Greenhouse Testimonial

This week at the Puyallup Fair a gentleman came up to me and shook my hand. He said “I just wanted to thank you and tell you how much I love my greenhouse.” I thanked him at the time, but I want to take this opportunity to tell everyone who visited with us at both the Alaska and Puyallup fairs how much it means to us. We love hearing about the amazing things everyone is doing with their greenhouses, and your suggestions for improvement drive us to constantly improve our products. Thank you so much to everyone who has already stopped by to see us and in advance to all of you who will throughout the remaining days of the Puyallup Fair.

My special thanks also goes out to Ray Hakala and Kathy Rohlfing who recently sent us the emails below expressing how happy they are with their greenhouses.Sunglo Greenhouse

Ray writes:

Hello,
I just wanted to share some pics of the 1200G put together this month.
I ordered the unit in May from bettergreenhouses.com. I put the greenhouse on a two foot wall. The kit was complete and the video Inside a 1200Ginstruction was well done. It’s very
sturdy and I’m sure we’ll get plenty of use for many years.
Thanks,
Ray Hakala
Burnet, TX

 

 

 

Sunglo CustomerKathy writes:

My husband and I purchased one of your Sunglo Greenhouses in April (8X12) and I wanted to share with you our experience and pictures of what we did.  My my husband and I worked together – watching the video step by step and working side by side, it was the best project we ever did together.  I have attached the pictures for you to see and share with other people on different ways to build it.
Customer PhotoKathy Rohlfing
Centerville, Utah
Both of you have created something that goes beyond a mere greenhouse, and I applaud you.
We have hundreds of pictures like these that we have collected over the years. If you are interested in taking a look at them please send us an email using the contact us link above.

Sunglo 1200C Greenhouse Construction

Inspired by Roy’s video post on Youtube, I set out to construct an entire Sunglo 1200C greenhouse in one day for demonstration at the Alaska State Fair last week. As you can see in the video below Roy is still the ultimate champion, but I came pretty close.

Alaska Demo Build on Youtube

All together it took about a day and a half. My thanks go out to Roy for not only the inspiration, but for all his helpful advice on how to shoot and edit the video as well.

Alaska Fair DemoToward the end of the video I included the construction of the cedar benches and vinyl shelving that are available in all our greenhouse models. Watching the assembly you can see why they support over 75 pounds per 30″ by 30″ slat. They are super tough, tie the greenhouse together very nicely, and smell like heaven. Another great feature of this particular demo is the double door. One door closes onto the other allowing for an unobstructed entry way of over five feet when both doors are open.

Sunglo goes AlaskaIf you have not dropped by to see us yet, you still have time to see this demo at the Alaska State Fair. I had a great time preparing for the fair and taking in the sights around the Matsu Valley. The natural beauty of Alaska and the people who live there will remain fresh in my mind until I finally get to return for next year’s fair.

 

Alaska State Fair

2012 Alaska State Fair

 

It’s official. We will be at the Alaska State Fair again this year.

 

 

Although two weeks of delicious fair food may be bad for our waistlines, every year proves to be better than the last. If you have been thinking about buying or building a greenhouse and you live in Alaska this is a great opportunity to see one fully constructed and have all your questions answered. It also gives us an opportunity to visit with our numerous Alaska customers. Hearing about how well our greenhouses hold up to extreme conditions is always one of the highlights of the fair for us. With an unsurpassed R3 insulation value, 80 mph wind rating, and over 2500 pound snow load, our greenhouses were made for Alaska.

big cabbage
That’s a big cabbage!

If you are at the Alaska State Fair this year swing by. We will be running fair only specials on all models. It is not to late to have a fully constructed and operational greenhouse that will provide you with fresh produce all throughout this winter. We will also be selling our demo model fully constructed and outfitted at a deep discount.