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DIY Greenhouse Shades

Pretty Burlap Greenhouse Shades

Post author: Heidi at mysweetcottage.com


I still love the Sunglo greenhouse that my husband, Chris, assembled last fall.

Burlap greenhouse shades

Greenhouse in December, 2014, shortly after assembly of the exterior.

And, since I’m new to greenhouse gardening in general, I’m still learning new things about it.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Because of the excellent south-facing location we chose for the greenhouse and the early spring we’ve been having this year, the fan in the greenhouse has been working overtime.  The plants and seeds I started inside have been getting a little too much of some good things – namely heat and sun.

My darling greenhouse is just doing what it’s supposed to do, and it came with a shade cloth for the exterior that we realized we should install pronto for just these kinds of conditions.

A Lighter Shade of . . . Shade

Maybe I was just being naïve, but it seemed to me to be a little early in the year to install the shade cloth.  In the Pacific Northwest, the weather can turn on a dime, and we might still be faced with days of clouds, rain, and general gloominess.

So I started thinking about ways to get some light-duty shade.  Something I could install on the inside of the greenhouse that would allow filtered light and bring the temperature down just a few degrees.

At the fabric store, I ran across that good old standby, burlap.  And burlap is sometimes used in orchards and plantations to shade crops but still provide filtered light.  Perfect.

I chose this soft, pretty burlap.

burlap greenhouse shades

Shading on the Curve

So now we had a new challenge:  How to turn the burlap into shades that would curve with the wall of the greenhouse.

burlap greenhouse shades

Greenhouse before shades

I decided I would leave the ceiling of the greenhouse un-shaded since most of the sunlight comes in from the south-facing wall.  So I would shade the curved wall down to the upper shelf.  That way, plants that needed it could be placed on the lower shelf and still get direct sunlight.

But how to make a shade fit the curve.  At first I thought we (and by “we,” I mean Chris) could install an upper rod to suspend the shades, and then a second rod farther down on the curve.  The shades would then be tucked behind the second rod so they would follow the line of the curve.

But we both hated the thought of drilling a lot of big holes and….

To view this full post you can read it on Heidi’s blog here.


Top 5 Easiest Indoor Plants

Easiest Indoor Plants – For Real!

Easiest Indoor plants

Don’t be frightened! If you have a brown thumb these are the plants even you can grow! And from personal experience you really can depend on these plants to thrive in your home. Whether you have never touched a plant in your life or just want some life in your.. well life.. these are the easiest and most low maintenance plants out there! As long as you have a window sill or area in your living room that gets some sun these are plants that will give you years of enjoyment. And take it from me because these are my plants – I’ve had them for years!

Succulents & Cacti

SucculentsSucculents: These beautiful wide ranging plants are very easy to care for and with a wide variety of colors and sizes you can find something to match your decor and state of mind! My little plant (left) has been sitting on my office desk for months now. It came already planted in the stylish round pot. I’ve Cactiwatered it once every week or so. It’s loving the warm indoor temp and sun it gets from my office window. Look for Aloe, Echeveria, and Rosularia for starters. If you need help identifying a succulent visit this site for aCacti Succulent Identifier. Cacti: I know Cacti is a broad term but most of them do very well indoors because they like the warmth and need very little water. I tend to go for the spiky, scary looking ones because they create contrast with the other leafy soft plants we have here in the Sunglo office. As you can see (left and right spiky plants) they are still in their original trays from the nursery but I will be planting them in a container with some succulents to give it more pop!


Easy indoor plants

Stalks of bamboo can be purchased at a wide range of stores. I have seen them in grocery stores in the garden section, little trinket stores at the mall or in the oriental mall we have down the street here in Kent, WA. The stalks come in sizes ranging from a few inches to taller than your tallest cousin. I opted for a medium size of just under 2′ and that’s not counting the foliage that grows out of the top. They can be placed in any kind of container just as long as you keep it 1/3 full of water. Rocks or gems in a clear vase or container give it that extra pizazz. My bamboo has been sitting in the same container for 2 years. I just check the water every month to make sure there is enough. You can find pre made bamboo containers at certain stores that include a tray and rocks and sometimes the bamboo is curled or shaped into a pretty design.

Areca Palm

Areca PalmThis little tropical plant makes a big statement. It can grow to about 7′ tall if you give it the room to. When I bought this little Areca palmguy he was about 2″ shorter and in a smaller pot. I upgraded to a larger pretty yellow pot and he has grown since. It grows individual stalks that long skinny leaves shoot out of. That’s where it gets the “palm” in its name. The individual stalks are unique and this plant makes a great statement when placed in the right spot. It definitely catches your eye. I will be re-potting him into a larger pot soon, I would love to have it grow to 7′ 🙂

Rubber Tree

Rubber treeThis plant can turn into a large tree over time. They have been known to grow to over 7′ tall and they really make a statement with their bright green foliage. I purchased two plants and re-potted them in larger pots immediately after I got them home. They are both due for an even larger pot now! They do well in a variety of climates but indoors 60-70 degrees is best. With little watering and nothing to prune or cut off the rubber tree makes for a great easy indoor plant!



PhilodendronThere are probably hundreds of varieties of Philodendron but most of them have one in thing in common.. they just keep growing! I think they resemble a large ivy. You can grow them so they hang down over doorways or loop around your ceiling for a rainforest affect. This plant (right) came from my boyfriend’s (hopefully fiance soon!) mother’s house. She has had her Philodendron for over 20 years! It wraps around their living room ceiling and hangs over their fire place. These plants need little watering and do enjoy filtered light just like the rest of our easy indoor plants!



With a little love – very little! – you can grow any of these plants! If you just remember every few weeks to check the soil for moisture and give them a few hours of light everyday/every other day they will grow and prosper and you will have a better quality of life! Everyone should have at least one plant in their home and office. Being close to nature calms us and brings us down to earth – and sometimes that’s just what we need!

Linking to: www.fix.com – Indoor plants that thrive

Guest Article: Starting Begonias in a Greenhouse


 How to Start Tuberous Begonias in the Greenhouse

Tuberous begonias are one of my favorite summertime flowers. Striking in containers and hanging baskets, if treated right they give color all summer and into fall. These big beauties bloom in many colors and are not to be confused with the smaller wax begonias you will see later in the season sold in pony packs. The showy tuberous begonia makes a big impact.

Since tuberous begonias can be started indoors in early spring, I decided to give my begonias a jump start in my greenhouse – Starting begonias in a greenhouse.

  • Choosing Good Tubers

Right around now, begonia tubers are available at home and garden centers,usually in packages of three tubers that look like this.

Healthy tubers
Packages of begonia tubers

Starting out with healthy tubers is very important. While at the garden center, I try to examine the tubers in the package as best I can. I look past the wood chips to determine if the tubers are healthy. I look for plump, firm tubers. If a tuber feels mushy when squeezed, that means it’s starting to rot. I also look for any sign of emerging stems on the concave side of the tuber.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
Healthy tubers

They usually appear at first as tiny red or pink bumps and then they start to bud out. So in this case, red or pink bumps are a good thing as this means the tuber is viable.



  •  Starting the Tubers in the Greenhouse

I planted the tubers in square 5-inch plastic pots that drain. I used a 50/50 blend of seedling starter mix and regular potting soil and moistened it slightly before filling the containers.

I filled each container with soil until it was about two to three inches short of the top and then placed the tuber in the middle with the root side down and the side with the emerging stems (pink bumps) up. I pushed the tuber down into the soil but didn’t completely submerge it.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
Pink/red stems facing up
Starting begonias in a greenhouse

Then I covered the tubers with a dusting of soil. I watered around (but not on top of) the tuber to moisten the soil. During the tuber’s time in the greenhouse, it’s important to keep the soil moist but not soggy. And since tubers can rot fairly easily, it’s also important not to have standing water on top of the tuber. So in short, water around it, not on top of it. In addition to evenly moist soil, they need lots of bright light, so my grow light will also come in handy.
Once the stems sprout a bit, I will fill more soil in on top of the tuber so that the roots can better develop. Another option at this point is to replant the tuber deeper into the soil.


  • Going Outside

When the danger of frost has passed and evening temperatures stay above 50⁰F, I can replant the begonias into containers or hanging baskets and place them outside in partial shade. They should be kept evenly moist (but not soggy) throughout the summer and fertilized occasionally. I’m looking forward to the show.

Starting begonias in a greenhouse
About our guest writer:  Heidi lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Chris. In the fall of 2014, they became the proud owners of their own Sunglo greenhouse. Read about their experiences with their greenhouse and their other home and garden projects on Heidi’s blog, My Sweet Cottage.

If you have a Sunglo greenhouse and would like to share your experiences, submit an article to info@sunglogreenhouses.com. From greenhouse gardening to replacing a panel on your greenhouse etc. – 4 paragraph minimum. Please include pictures.

Sunglo Greenhouse Tips


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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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).



  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.


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