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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.
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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.
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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.

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2100 Series shown with double doors and concrete knee wall

 

 

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1200 Series shown with double doors and cedar benches
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1000 Series shown with a knee wall
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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!

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greenhouse gardening basics

Greenhouse Gardening Basics

Greenhouse Gardening – The Basics

A few basic items that we recommend you start off with and some words of encouragement!

 

The time has finally come. After all the hours of researching, sifting through greenhouse blogs and forums, having those off and on feelings about making the decision and debating whether or not you have the time and energy to even use one; You have purchased your own greenhouse! And frankly it should be one of the best decisions you made! Greenhouse’s not only give you a space to grow and overwinter plants but the enrichment gardening brings to people’s lives is incredible. And let’s not down play the fact that you will save a few bucks too! But once you have made it through the pain and hectic-ness of finding your perfect greenhouse, building the foundation, greenhouse assembly and the spendy electrician… where do you start? Greenhouse gardening is not as scary as it looks. The greenhouse itself will do a lot of the work for you. Light, air circulation, heat and controls are provided for you. Sunglo’s packages include lighting, ventilation system (for air circulation), heater, controls, etc. – To make life easier on you. Once these have been electrically hooked up you can focus on the fun stuff!

I am a beginner gardener myself and I started off with a small lean-to greenhouse but had no idea where to start! Luckily I had some help and now can say I have an ity bity tiny amount of experience under my belt!

If you own a Sunglo greenhouse you should either have the built in benches and shelves or purchased your own bench system. Obviously this design depends on the type of plants and amount of plants you intend to grow. But adequate space for pots and thingy majigs will make life easier.

 

Here is a list of items I suggest you purchase to start off-

  1. A large bag of soil – Go with a brand that will feed the plants for 90+ days and is suitable for indoor/outdoor gardening. (If you have good compost in your garden already, a special fine seed starter soil without the nutrients might be best.)

 

  1. Seeds! – Choose 3-5 packets to start with and make sure they are appropriate for the season. I would suggest some flowers and tomatoes. Also, read the back of the packet. Seed packets have a great deal of info on the back and the difference between needing full sun and partial shade etc. may sway your decisions.

 

  1. Plants – You want your greenhouse to feel like a garden, so choose a few pretty, green, grown plants to stick in the corners or pull them from the plants you already own. I like cacti and succulents. They are easy to care for and look great! Don’t forget to grab a few pretty pots to transfer them into. The book “The Greenhouse Expert” by Dr. D.G. Hessayon is very useful and provides detailed information on greenhouse plants. I would pick up this book immediately!

 

  1. Little things – Grab a few seed trays (You know the black trays with 50+ squares), you’ll want a small and a large water can, a few 5 gallon buckets for plant scraps, a small circulation fan (unless you have one from Sunglo already), work gloves (get 2 pairs JIC!), hand trowel (small garden shovel), and take a look through all the goodies in your local nursery or garden store. There are always fun things you can pick up!

 

It really depends on the plants you will be growing to determine what kinds of accessories you will want. Eventually you might want to upgrade your atmospheric controls or install some extra shelving. Greenhouses are so fun and customizable. Follow your heart! And remember you can always change things around. Nothing is permanent.

 

The main things to remember are light, temperature and water. As long as you give your plants adequate light, keep the desired temperature and water your plants to their specific needs you should have no problems! – OK you might run into a few along the way! I won’t lie to you! But those things are for later on. Enjoy your greenhouse! Experiment with different plants and flowers. Find your passion and relax in your own paradise! That is what a greenhouse is all about. Fulfilling your passion and creating your own oasis.

 

Need help? You can always contact us at Sunglo for any questions about your greenhouse or growing. And Visit us on Facebook to see what other customers have done to their greenhouses and what they have growing!

1500 Lean-To Series (5’1.5″ Width) Sunglo DIY Greenhouse

 

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.

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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

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

Top 5 Greenhouse Gardening Books

Are you a greenhouse gardener? As most gardeners know there is always more to learn! Check out these top selling greenhouse gardening books and improve on your own gardening skills!

The Greenhouse Expert – Author: Dr. D.G. Hessayon

My personal favorite: Whether you already own a greenhouse or you’re thinking about buying or building one, greenhouse gardener hessayonhere’s the vital information in full color you need to get the most from your money, effort and time. “The Greenhouse Expert offers data on structure and equipment (including installation instructions on floors, gutters, doors, lighting, ventilators, blinds, shelving, insulation, glazing, and heating); greenhouse plants (a list covering 58 pages) and care (of both structure and plants). There is a chapter dealing with pests and diseases and a month-by-month calendar on when to do what.”

 

 

Greenhouse Gardening – Made Easy – Author: Simon Marlow

This book will lead you through the complete process of purchasing, setting up and greenhouse gardening bookmaintaining your greenhouse. Once you have a functioning greenhouse you then need to understand what makes your plants grow. Heat, soil and water are critical to your growing success. This guide describes how best to optimize these parameters so that you are able to grow the plants you want not only in spring and summer but also through fall and winter. This ebook shows you how to get the best from your greenhouse by taking the next step to great growing of all types of plants vegetables and flowers at anytime of the year.

 

 

Organic Gardening – Author: Geoff Hamilton

A classic guide to growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables the natural, chemical-free way has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest thinking and techniques. Written by one of the UK’s best-loved gardening personalities and a keen advocate of the greenhouse gardening bookorganic approach, this book will be appreciated by the novice and the experienced gardener alike. Whether you want to grow better-tasting fruit and vegetables untainted by chemicals, find natural methods of pest and weed control, or create a garden that is safer for your children, pets and wildlife this book is your practical, easy-to-follow guide to gardening.With practical advice and instructions and step-by-step photographs and artworks, the author explains how to grow delicious, healthy produce as well as how to turn your garden into a safe haven for children, pets, and wildlife. Contents include: soil improvement; organic pest & disease control; weed control; hedges, trees & shrubs; containers; the vegetable garden and more!

 

How to Garden – Greenhouse Gardening – Author: Alan Titchmarsh

The ultimate guide to greenhouse planting—the ideal place to propagate seedlings, greenhouse gardening booknurture young plants, experiment with exotic planting, and hide from the rain. The greenhouse is one of the most useful tools a gardener can have, and this book provides all the information and advice any gardener needs to set up a greenhouse and get their planting going. The advice offered includes guidance on selecting, installing, and maintaining a greenhouse; recommended vegetables, fruit, herbs, and ornamental plants for growing under cover; practical advice on general care, harvesting, storage, propagation, and pest control; a seasonal management guide etc.

 

The Greenhouse Gardener – Author: Anne Swithinbank

A greenhouse can be a garden’s greatest asset: its nucleus and powerhouse. There are many ways of using it and a gardener can adopt one or all of them. In spring, you can greenhouse gardening bookstart young plants from seed; raise tender perennials to fill gaps in the garden; give young vegetable plants a head start; sow early lettuce while the soil is too sticky to work outdoors. During spring and summer, you can raise greenhouse crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillis. You’ll be able to overwinter tender plants such as bananas and cannas. And the greenhouse can be a showcase full of beautiful, unusual and exotic plants.Trained at Kew and for many years Glasshouse Supervisor at the RHS Garden at Wisley, Anne Swithinbank is the expert on greenhouse gardening.

 

All of these books can be found for sale at the Google Store.

 

 

 

Zone 7 Gardening – The Forgotten Gems

Here in Kent Washington our gardening or hardiness zone is 7. Zone 7 spreads from California to Georgia. If you have heard of gardening zones you know exactly what I’m talking about. But just in case…. Gardening zones, also known as hardiness zones, were set by the USDA so gardeners could compare their local climate with the recommended climate of different plants. Now isn’t that awesome? To find your gardening zone click here.

Here are some beautiful, over looked plants that us “7’s” should bring back out into the world! Planting these gems in your garden will have your friends oohing and awing with jealousy!

zone 7 gardening - blackberry lily

Blackberry Lily

This gorgeous uncommon perennial is grown for its unusual black berries that form in clusters when its seedpods split open in fall. They are breath taking when you see them in a garden and are a beautiful addition to any flower arrangement. These fiery beauties will make your garden the best on the block!

 

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Milkweed – Antelope Horns

This strange, light, beautiful perennial got its name from its tiny horn like petals. It is a strain of trailing milkweed. The bright clusters of odd shapes will keep your garden interesting and give it a unique advantage. Antelope horns attract butterflies and are good flowers for drying.

 

zone 7 gardening - astible glowAstible – Glow

Another perennial that is rarely seen. Gorgeous dark red buds open to reveal lush red flowers with glowing features. This flower will really stand out in your garden. Astilbe Glow attracts hummingbirds and butterflies but it is also deer resistant. It does enjoy shade so pile them under your awning and wait for the inspired response of onlookers.

 

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Spiked Ginger Lily

This exotic plant does wonderfully in zone 7. It is rare to actually see it planted in our zone but it does great in our climate and what an addition it would make to any garden. The flowers range from white to orange with a fragrance of sweet tropical bliss. The ginger lily blooms in late summer just in time to add some color to your fall garden.

 

There are so many more flowers and plants that are over looked. But what an adventure it would be to bring back some of the great ones! I hope this post inspires you to do some hunting of your own and add to your garden.

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.