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burlap greenhouse shades

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

1700C – 8×10 Lean-To Greenhouse Review

Greenhouse Review – Redmond, WA.

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1700C – 8×10 Lean-to Sunglo Greenhouse – Attached to customer’s house on deck foundation

Hi Sunglo,

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

Thank you for making such a great greenhouse.  We chose the 1700-C lean-to, and it turned out to be a perfect fit on our deck.

We installed it around a kitchen door and can walk straight into the greenhouse without going outside.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

It’s tall enough for us to walk around comfortably (I’m 6’1”), and wide and deep enough for several large shelves of flowers and room to work.

We’ve even brought in a couple chairs and table so we can hang out with the bonsais and orchids.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse – Interior

It was pretty spectacular to sit out there in a thunder storm with heavy wind, rain and lightning.  The greenhouse was water-tight and didn’t budge.

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110V power panel with heating/cooling thermostat and outlet

The heater, fan and automatic shutter are hooked up now, and as you described the greenhouse is like a living thing, heating and cooling when it chooses.

We had read in reviews that some greenhouse kits had issues with rattling and weak frames.  We chose Sunglo because we had read your greenhouses were much stronger and in a class by themselves.

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Sunglo greenhouses acrylic panels and aluminum framework

After watching our greenhouse come together, I now know why.  Those rivets and aluminum frame are clearly inspired by aircraft design, and the final result is as tight and solid as an air-frame.

There is no rattling, and nothing moves even when you push hard against the frame.

We are very happy with our greenhouse and would recommend it to anyone.

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1700C Lean-to Sunglo greenhouse

Thanks so much for making it and for your help getting it up and running.

 

Ron & Bertie

Redmond, WA.

To view this complete project click here.

To learn more about Sunglo’s 1700 lean-to series click here.

Read another customer review here.

Questions? Call us @ 800-647-0606

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1700 Lean-To Series (7’7.5″ 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