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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.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review
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.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review
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.
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review
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
Sunglo 1700 Lean-to greenhouse review - Interior
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.

Sunglo Greenhouse Sales and Promos

GREENHOUSE SALE!!


 Sunglo offers package discounts! If you are interested in a Sunglo and would like a free quote with our package discount give us a call at 425-251-8005 M-F 8-4 PST or e-mail us at Info@sunglogreenhouses.com with your request!

 Get the greenhouse of your dreams for a fraction of the cost!

See our models below and click on the “series links” for more information.

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2100 Series shown with double doors and concrete knee wall

 

 

1200G greenhouse sale USA
1200 Series shown with double doors and cedar benches
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1000 Series shown with a knee wall
1500B greenhouse sale USA
1500 Lean-to series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1700 Lean-to series shown with a knee wall

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!

Sunglo Greenhouses is located just outside Seattle, WA. // 425-251-8005
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NWFGS 2015 – SUNGLO BOOTH

NWFGS 2015

2015 NWFGS – Come see us!

Sunglo Greenhouses will be attending the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show! If you came to visit us last year you’re in for a pleasant surprise this year! We are re-designing our booth and bringing some hands on displays to really show how strong and wonderful our product is! Not only will you be able to touch and see a Sunglo assembled but we are offering some killer NWFGS promotions! The 1000C – 8×10 greenhouse will be displayed so you can actually see how the greenhouses are made and experience one first-hand!

Check out our NWFGS greenhouse special! Only for the month of February! Click here.


Here’s a look at our builders working hard on the 1000C demo model!

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Watch our 2015 NWFGS adventure on our Facebook page.


Sunglo greenhouses booth #701 is located on the 4th floor of the Seattle Convention Center on the other side of the breathtaking display gardens. We are on the corner of an isle so you can’t miss us!

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NWFGS Location

Need directions? Click the map on the left for directions to the convention center from the light rail, on foot, shuttle, etc.!

To see the entire NWFGS floor plan click here. And also visit the NWFGS website for a list of all the attending exhibitors and speakers.

We hope to see you there!

2100 Series (15’3″ Width) Sunglo DIY Greenhouse

 

1200 Series (10’3″ Width) Sunglo DIY Greenhouse

 

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.

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Greenhouse Light Transmission

Greenhouse Light Transmission: Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate

sunglo greenhouseThe first part of our Blast from the Past video series is available today.

sunglo greenhouseThis week features a video comparing the light transmission of our acrylic glazing material to polycarbonate.

Click here to watch the video on Youtube.

Though the videos date themselves, the tests conducted in them are perhaps more relevant today than when they were originally filmed.

Our dual pane Therma-Truss® construction uses UV stabilized; impact resistant DR acrylic which resists discoloration and deterioration for up to 20 years. It incorporates a smooth outer layer and corrugated inner layer as shown in the diagram at right. Light is diffused evenly throughout the greenhouse by the corrugations while still allowing 92% of solar radiation to pass through.

This design is what started it all 35 years ago, and is what truly sets a Sunglo apart from all the rest today. In an industry overrun with flimsy, snap together polycarbonate greenhouses, you can take solace in knowing that somebody still considers American made quality to be more important than outsourcing overseas to improve the bottom line.

Early American Greenhouse History

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We found in Google Books a scan of an interesting book from 1896, Greenhouse construction:  a complete manuaIllustration of the effect of greenhouse glass angles on sunglightl on the building, heating, ventilating and arrangement of greenhouses by Levi Rawson Taft, a professor of horticulture at Michigan Agricultural College.  Below is an excerpt from the book on greenhouse history.  While the information is dated, the book contains some interesting information and diagrams such as this illustration of the effect of glass at different angles.  From Chapter 1, Greenhouse Construction, History of Greenhouses:

It is known that the old Romans were able to secure fresh fruits and vegetables, for their banquets, the year round by both retarding and accelerating their growth. As an indication of their skill, it is said that they even forced the cucumber. They possessed no elaborate structures for this purpose, but grew them in pits covered with large slabs of talc. Heat was obtained from decomposing manure, and by means of hot air flues. They are believed to have had peach and grape houses, and it is claimed by some, that hot water in bronze pipes was used to warm them.

In modem times the structures have undergone a gradual development, from houses containing no glass whatever, to the forcing house of to-day which is nearly ninety-five per cent. of glass. The first house of which we have any record was built by Solomon de Caus, at Heidelberg, Germany, about 1619. It was used to shelter over four hundred orange trees planted in the ground, during the winter, and consisted of wooden shutters placed over a span roof framework, so as to form the walls and roof. It was warmed by means of four large furnaces, and ventilated by opening small shutters in the sides and roof. In the spring the framework was taken down. This structure, in size, compared well with the greenhouses of to-day as it was two hundred and eighty feet long and thirty-two feet wide. On account of the expense of putting up and taking down this framework, and of keeping it in repair, it was replaced by a structure of freestone. This had an opaque roof, and the openings in the sides were closed with shutters during the winter.

What’s great about reading through these older volumes is to see what has changed and what remains true about an efficient, functional greenhouse.  While they had no access to the modern materials such as the aluminum frames and insulated acrylic panels we use in our Sunglo Greenhouses, there is the same concern with durability, climate appropriateness, maximizing available sun and managing temperature.  We hope you have fun reading it!  And, if you decide not to build your own greenhouse out of wrought iron and glass, give us a call.