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.
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.
An 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.
You 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. Supplemental 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!
They call the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show “The Big One” with good reason. There are the usual display gardens and vendors, but they actually construct an entire house inside the Minneapolis Convention Center complete with landscaped yard. As impressive as this is, we were informed that a greenhouse company has never attended the show. We did not feel this fair to the great people of Minnesota. So for the first time ever Sunglo Greenhouses will have the only greenhouse built for Minnesota winters on display at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show running February 27 through March 3.
We will be offering show exclusive deals which means that if you have been thinking about buying a greenhouse, this is your chance to save some serious cash.
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.
Last year at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival we did a live news segment with Good Morning Utah. Big Buddha, a local TV personality with Fox 13 News, challenged us to prove the strength of our greenhouses. Luckily for him we don’t produce the flimsy, collapse during the first storm type of greenhouse. We manufacture the maybe some crazy guy will want to crawl up on top of it type of greenhouse, but you don’t have to take our word for it. You can see the segment for yourself at the link below.
Just like the one featured in the video, all of our greenhouses are designed to withstand thousands of pounds of snow, over 80 mile an hour winds, or in this case, a very large man. I am sorry to report that we will not be able to make it to the festival this year, but if you had intended to check us out there please contact us about honoring the exclusive deal we offered at the show last year.
We put out the call and you answered. All across the nation gardeners are fighting the oppression of winter and demanding our right to grow all year round. Join the winter show down and purchase a winter greenhouse!
One of our newest recruits sent us these photos of his new 1000D greenhouse.
Thank you for all your support with this project. If you would like to use this for a model in southern Oregon let us know.
We received a customer testimonial from Connecticut this week where Hurricane Sandy recently made a terrible mess of things.
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.
A 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.
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.
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. 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.