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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!

2014 Winter Photo Contest – Winners Announced!

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Contest Winners Announced

Sunglo’s 2014 winter photo contest was a success!

We really wanted to engage with our long time Sunglo owners and give our new greenhouse owners something to be excited about! ALL of the photo entries were beautiful and we had a lot of fun interacting with all of our contestants. Thank you for your entries and we hope you will all participate again next year!

 

After a long deliberation the Sunglo crew has chosen the winners:

**  Congratulations!  **

 

3rd Place: Ms. Sheisl-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

2nd Place: Ms. Vanmeer-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

Contest winners announced

 

  1st Place: Ms. Madden/Jacobson-

To view the full photo album of this project click here.

And visit her blog here.

Contest winners announced

 

We had a hard time choosing through these great photos! Here is a peek at some other entries –

2014 Winter Photo Entry
1700 Lean-to model. Learn more about lean-to greenhouses here.
2014 Winter Photo Entry
Happy Sunglo owners in their 1000 model. Learn more about the 1000 series here.
1200 Sunglo greenhouse
Beautiful 1200 model in AZ. Learn about the 1200 series here.
1700 Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse
Sunglo’s can hold a ton of snow! See details about this size lean-to greenhouse here.

 

 

 

Sunglo's 1000 model greenhouse
Beautiful Christmas bows on this 1000 series. Learn more here.

Sunglo Greenhouse Review – Delivery to done!

Our greenhouse kits are manufactured and fabricated in Kent, WA. When you place an order our warehouse team carefully packs and boxes up your greenhouse kit for shipping.

Sunglo Greenhouse
Actual Sunglo Greenhouse Delivery

Our standard shipping service is called Curbside Delivery. Your order will be delivered to a local terminal. The terminal will call you when your order arrives to schedule a delivery appointment. Deliveries are scheduled between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Your kit will be delivered on a lift-gate truck and the driver will unload it for you. We ask that you inspect the boxes for damage before signing the delivery receipt. Once the delivery receipt is signed you can start assembly!

A lot of customers wonder what our kits look like when they arrive. Sunglo received these amazing example pictures and sunglo greenhouse review:

Dear Sunglo,

It’s up now and we couldn’t be happier, when the wind broke several panels, we called and it was replaced within a

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few days. When we lost some pieces, there was no issue – we called and within 2 days they were delivered with no

questions asked.  When we had questions there was always someone to talk to and walk us through it.  Had such great service from Joanie who answered the phone to the technicians who had so much Graham2patience with us.

Now it’s up, looking good and so proud – just have to go shopping for plants and supplies. Your company is the best and we would recommend it to anyone; and maybe that they get a few extra hands at the start of Graham3the project! Have attached some photos, from delivery to completion – like I said no plants yet, but that won’t be long

 

 

 

Sincerely:

Bob and Bonnie Graham

A pair of very happy customers

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To see more pictures of customers greenhouse projects visit our Facebook page.

If you have any questions about Sunglo’s shipping and/or delivery service please contact us.

 

 

School Grants and Greenhouses

School Grants & Greenhouses

Gardening is a valuable tool for children of all ages. Learning about plants, how things grow and how to nurture and care for living organisms. Caring for plants introduces

2100 School Greenhouse
            SCC – 2100 Model

many other topics such as the role insects play and the importance of light, water and maintenance.  Gardening has been known to also improves children’s environmental attitudes, their social skills and nutritional attitudes.  The National Gardening Association has provided grant funding for the past 29 years to support youth garden programs. They have awarded over 9,000 grants throughout the years and provided beneficial education to our nation’s children. The benefits from school gardens reach everyone including the parents, teachers and administrators. To view a list of grants available and valuable resources visit this website.

2100 School Greenhouse
          SCC – 2100 Model

Sunglo has been a proud resource for school greenhouses for many years. Providing a covered, safe area for children to learn about gardening and all the beautiful life lessons along with it. Working with faculty and administrative staff to achieve their horticultural goals has been a humbling experience for all of us here at Sunglo and we feel honored to be apart of it. We also offer an educational discount to help relieve some of the financial stress. Our office team and warehouse/assembly team are knowledgeable and will see your project through to the finish. From the time the greenhouse is ordered we are here to answer any questions from shipping to construction. We can give you advice on permitting, the foundation and which size would benefit your school. Replacement parts are always available too, so in the future just give us a call! If you or someone you know is interested in a school greenhouse please contact us with any questions or for a free quote.

Sunglo greenhouses are all over the US and Alaska. If you would like to speak with another school that is using a Sunglo brand greenhouse please give us a call at 800-647-0606 with your request and we’ll be happy to help find one for you to connect with!

 

For another post about school greenhouses click here.

 

 

 

 

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%.

shade cloth material
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.

Recipes – Prime Soup Season!

I love food! So I have decided to mix it up a bit and start a monthly recipe blog post series! Showcasing my favorite recipes and copycat recipes from my recipe book and from around the web! SO here is the very first recipe post: Top 5 winter soup recipes!

Who doesn’t love a hearty chili or a classic chicken soup? Winter time is prime soup season. And I have traveled the web and through my recipe books to find my favorite recipes, that I know you will enjoy! So please pick 1 or pick them all and get your soup on!

 

French Onion SoupFrench Onion

Oh baby, I love onions! I could eat them raw, baked, blanched, battered, fried, grilled, barbecued you name it. But French onion soup is at the top of my list of onion recipes. The warm gooey cheese sinking the crusty bread into the savory, beefy, oniony flavored broth … MMM! This is my favorite winter soup!

Roasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower Soup

Don’t be afraid, I know it sounds fancy but this was a hard one to put at 2nd place. This soup changed my mind about cauliflower. Every other time I have eaten cauliflower I just did not enjoy it. This soup is absolutely delicious. I omitted the prosciutto for bacon and left out the almonds and it was perfect for my taste buds. This is a crowd pleaser and if you want to impress someone with your cooking skills this winter but with little effort and big reward this is the recipe to use!

Butternut Squash SoupButternut Squash Soup

Squash is kind of a foreign food to me. I have not experimented much with squash but acorn and butternut are the ones I always go for. The first time I had butternut squash soup was when my mother brought home a store bought container of it on a “no cook” night. It was amazing! This recipe is delicious. If you have never tried butternut soup this is the one to try. It’s easy and will warm your belly right up!

White ChiliWhite Chicken Chili

Chicken chili doesn’t sound very hearty. At least that’s what my boyfriend thought before this recipe. When people think of chili they almost always think of beef chili. But boy I’ll tell you this white chicken chili will change your mind! It is superfast and the left overs are just as good as the first day. This is a must try recipe!

Cocunut Chicken SoupCoconut Chicken Curry Soup

I don’t know about you but my boyfriend and I are in love with Thai food. I mean we have been to probably all of the Thai restaurants around our town. This soup has a creamy coconut flavor that just doesn’t get any better than paired with rice and a few lime wedges! I use curry paste instead of powder and microwaved some carrots, chopped them and threw them in to add some more color and crunchy. Superb!

Baked Potato SoupBacked Potato Soup

I had to put this recipe on the list because it is just the best winter soup to eat curled up under a blanket with your honey. We love this recipe because its hearty and cheesy and we always have the best night sleep after a huge serving! Try this recipe please, it will become a favorite, I just know it!

NWFGS 2014 – Sunglo Booth

NWFG ColorIt’s January in Washington and you know what that means! We’re counting down the days to the 2014 NWFGS! Sunglo will be hosting a booth this year so get your walking shoes on and get ready for gardening paradise!

NWFGS 2014This year the theme is  “Art In Bloom”. There’s a little garden in all of us is the slogan. And boy is that true! There will be a ton of free seminars and lots of expert speakers this year. Plus a garden to table cooking series. Speakers will give you ideas, advice and inspiration for creating gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens. It’s pure entertainment and invaluable education!

Stop by the Sunglo booth #701 to a greenhouse on display, learn about our products and take advantage of our NWFGS specials!

To view a list of activities and speakers or to buy tickets click here.

 

Let’s dabble in APPLE!

Mix applesAn apple a day keeps the doctor away. Haven’t we all heard that saying? Well obviously apple is a fruit and fruit is healthy for you. But they seem to be one of those fruits that have super powers! They can be made into hundreds if not thousands of dishes. And I don’t think I know 1 person that doesn’t like a dish that has apple in it. So let’s go on an adventure..  and dabble in apple!

It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, can still be found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. They were brought to North America by European colonists in the 17th century. The first apple orchard was planted in Boston in 1695. A long time ago! Apples have been present in mythology and religions of many cultures, including Greek and Christian traditions. There are more than 7,500 known types of apples. Different strains are bred for various tastes and uses.

Here are a few wacky apple facts:

  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Apples are grown in all 50 states.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • India ranks 3rd in the worlds apple producing leaders.
  • Peach allergies are similar to apple allergies and usually go hand in hand.
  • The average person eats 65 apples per year.
  • Apples became the official state fruit for Washington in 1989.
  • Apple trees can only bear fruit after its first 5 years.
  • The McIntosh apple is the national apple of Canada.
  • It takes about 35 apples to produce 1 gallon of apple cider.
  • Apples were considered “luxury fruit” in ancient Rome.
  • Fear of apples is known as Malusdomesticaphobia.
  • Apples contain Boron which has been known to enhance brain power.
  • The Roman Goddess Pomona is the goddess of apples.
  • Children who drink apple juice regularly have less of a chance of developing asthma.

 

Apples - treeAbout 69 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2010, and China produced almost half of this total. The US is the second leading producer with more than 5% of world production. Many beneficial health effects can come from eating these babies too. A few health benefits are:

  • Research shows that the dietary fibers found in apples battle further growth of lung, colon and breast cancer.
  • Pyridoxine is a nutrient in apples that is useful in treating heart disease, diabetes and seizures.
  • They help fight off free oxygen-radicals that cause diabetes.
  • Studies have shown that people who eat more apples have a lower risk for stroke.

 

Apples are amazing in that they can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  There are so many dishes that are apple-tastic including pastries, salads, cakes, even burgers! Check out these apple-licious recipes:

Apples baked Baked Apple Recipe!

Apples - burgerChicken Burger Recipe!

Apples - popsiclesApple Popsicle Recipe!

I hope you had fun on our apple-venture and learned some new things! For more interesting info on apples click here. 

Or if you want to see a whole list of apple recipes click here.

Sunglo Surface Area Guide

Sunglo Greenhouses Surface Areas-

This post is a supplement of a previous post for determining the heating or BTU requirements of your greenhouse – Click here to read the Greenhouse Heating post.

The following are approximate surface area’s of each Sunglo greenhouse series.

1000 Series - Surface Area

  • 1000 Series – 7′ 9″ Width

Model                Surface Area

7.5ft – B                     228

10ft – C                      276

12.5ft – D                   324

15ft – E                      372

17.5ft – F                   420

For every 2.5ft after model 1000F add 48 to the surface area.

1200 Series - Surface Area

  •  1200 Series – 10′ 3″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                       338

12.5ft – D                    392

15ft – E                       446

17.5ft – F                    500

20ft – G                       554

For every 2.5ft after model 1200G add 54 to the surface area.

2100 Series - Surface Area

  • 2100 Series – 15′ 3″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                     484

12.5ft – D                  549

15ft – E                     614

17.5ft – F                  679

20ft – G                    744

For every 2.5ft after model 2100G add 65 to the surface area.

1500 Series - Surface Area

  • 1500 Lean-To Series – 5′ 1.5″ Width

Model               Surface Area

10ft – C                    169

12.5ft – D                 196

15ft – E                     223

17.5ft – F                  250

20ft – G                    277

For every 2.5ft after model 1500G add 27 to the surface area.

1700 Series - SUrface Area

  • 1700 Lean-To Series – 7′ 7.5″ Width

Model                Surface Area

10ft – C                    242

12.5ft – D                 275

15ft – E                    307

17.5ft – F                 340

20ft – G                    372

For every 2.5ft after model 1700G add 33 to the surface area.

If you are a customer with a custom style Sunglo or have a discontinued series or just have questions please give us a call at 1-800-647-0606.

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!

 

zone 7 gardening - milkweed

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.

 

zone 7 gardening - spiked ginger lily

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.