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Sunglo Greenhouse Accessories and Parts

Sunglo carries a wide range of accessories and Sunglo parts. We now offer complete packages that include all the items you’ll need to have your greenhouse up running and at a discounted price! For a complete accessory and parts catalog please e-mail us at info@sunglogreenhouses.com with your request or call our 800 number below.

Here are a few items that are included in our greenhouse packages:

 

sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Benches and lighting: 30″ x 30″ cedar benches, 30″ x 12″ cedar shelves and fluorescent light fixture with 2 T8 bulbs and hanging hardware

 

sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Light kit: Moisture resistant light timer and fluorescent light fixture – Pictured above

 

Sunglo greenhouse accessories and parts
Irrigation kit: Coil hose, water wand and drip watering kit

 

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Shade Cloth: A custom cut shade cloth to fit your Sunglo, 74% gradient polypropylene with grommet holes.

Sunglo Greenhouses offers DIY greenhouse kits in free-standing and lean-to sizes. We also carry greenhouse accessories and Sunglo parts. Our warehouse is open M-F from 8am to 4pm to assist you in ordering parts. You can contact our sales office at 1-800-647-0606 for questions or to place orders.

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Awesome Sunglo Greenhouse

Featured Sunglo Greenhouse

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.

Marshall writes:

sunglo greenhouseHi Michael,

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. 

sungloAn 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.

Greenhouse Floor HeatYou 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.  Sunglo Greenhouse InteriorSupplemental 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!

Sunglo Greenhouse – Top of the List

Sunglo greenhouses made the Gardener’s Wishlist this year published in the longest running gardening column in North America! And at the top of the list no less!

Link to Article

Jeff Lowenfels, pictured at left, has been writing his column for over 36 years now. That dates back to the first Sunglo greenhouse ever sold.

 

 

Disclaimer: Picture is a fictional representation. Jeff has been writing his column for a long time, but not quite that long. For more about Jeff Lowenfels please visit his website.

Good Morning Utah

Good Morning UtahLast 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.

Big Buddha on a Sunglo on Youtube

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.

Southern Oregon Greenhouse

Winter greenhouseWe 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.

 

 

Winter greenhouse

Mike writes:

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.

 

Keep fighting the good fight Mike!

 

Learn more here.

All Season Greenhouse Sale

Snow VillageA 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.

Overwintering in the Greenhouse and Sunglo in Alaska

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.

 

Greenhouse EHow

As the cold weather approaches, the thought of having to wait till spring to start gardening again makes buying a greenhouse very attractive at this time of year. We have certainly been busy filling orders lately and I wanted to share one of my favorite sites with all our new customers.

The informative resources on Ehow are seemingly endless with articles on nearly everything a gardener could ever wish to learn about. The link below is to one such article that outlines some important things to consider when starting a new greenhouse.

How to Start Your Own Greenhouse

Most of us here are also proud Sunglo owners and would never refuse an opportunity to share our experiences with others. I implore you to give us a call toll free whether you are a past customer wishing to swap stories or a future customer seeking more information.

 

Overwintering in the Greenhouse

greenhouse snow loadOne of the things I enjoy most about spring is planning out my gardens for the season. However, it also used to be one of things I dreaded as I began to tally up the cost of buying new plants every year. Having a greenhouse has allowed me to overwinter all of my beloved container plantings, and some of my garden perennials that cannot survive the winters here in the northwest. I have put a great deal of time into designing and caring for the container arrangements around my house, and now I do not have to park in the driveway during the winter while I store them in the garage.

pot in potLast year I started using a pot in pot system where I buried larger pots in the garden that the perennials’ pots can fit into. This makes pulling them in the fall much less labor intensive and then in the spring I just put them back into their prearranged spot and cover both pots over with mulch. This has also allowed me to incorporate rare plants that are not recommended for my hardiness zone into my landscape. I know pride is a sin, but it is always satisfying when someone says, “How did you get that to survive? I tried and it didn’t make it through the first winter.”

Then I proceed to tell them about how my greenhouse has allowed me to really take my gardening to the next level. I opted to get the all season package that included a heater, motorized intake shutter, exhaust fan, and all the thermostats to automatically control them at the temperatures I set. To ice the cake it also came with a wireless weather station that allows me to monitor the temperature and humidity of the greenhouse from my kitchen. All I have to do is check periodically to make sure the pots do not get bone dry and the climate controls do the rest. I do not have to worry about pesky rodents, freezing, fluctuations in soil temperature, or dessication from being exposed to cold dry air because my plants are protected within the greenhouse.

Sunglo in AlaskaThere are only a couple of things to keep in mind when you set out to overwinter your plants in a greenhouse. In the early fall, I gradually reduce watering and fertilization and allow the plants to harden off outside until just before the first frost.This puts them into a state of dormancy and keeping the greenhouse temperatures between 45° and 55° F throughout the winter prevents them from coming out of it prematurely.This is very important because any undesired growth at such low temperatures will more than likely be weak and therefore highly susceptible to various infestations.

overwinter greenhouseThis is where a Sunglo greenhouse truly outperforms the competition. The exhaust fan, motorized intake shutter, and heater, all controlled by individual thermostats, ensure that the temperatures stay within the desired range. Most hobbyist greenhouses on the market use a paraffin wax piston to automatically open a vent of some sort. It is impossible for this type of passive ventilation system to maintain temperatures between a specified range.

sunglo snow loadDuring dormancy water uptake is dramatically reduced, but you must be careful not to let the soil get to dry. Just a slight dampness to the touch is sufficient. I considered installing a drip watering system on an irrigation timer this year, but decided against it. Colder temperatures and overly wet soil can spell certain doom for roots and the plants that depend on them. Instead I will continue to check them periodically and I suspect they appreciate the company.

overwintered plantsAs spring approaches I raise the temperature to between 55° and 65° F and gradually increase it from there. Some people prefer to keep the temperatures in that range until they move their plants out of the greenhouse to ensure they are hardened off. I have found that a strong oscillating fan and cooler night temperatures promotes strong enough growth for outdoor conditions. I also wait until I am absolutely certain there will be no more frost before I move anything out into the garden. I resume regular watering and begin an incremental fertilization schedule starting at half strength. By sometime in March I have the temperatures high enough to start spending some quality time in the greenhouse again and begin to germinate seeds, pot up the dormant cuttings I have taken over the winter, and get back into the business of what I love most.

I still enjoy planning out my gardens every spring, but with most of my plants all ready to go I now marvel at how much money I save. The question I am most asked is, “Isn’t the cost of heating the greenhouse throughout the winter more than the plants are worth?”  To which I always inwardly ask, “How do you put a value on keeping that which you love so much alive?” But in all honesty, being as serious a gardener as I am,  the unrivaled insulation of my Sunglo’s dual pane design keeps my energy costs well below what I used to spend on plant material every year. If you are interested in taking your gardening to the next level or have more questions related to overwintering please give us a call.

2012 Puyallup Fair September 7 – 23

Puyallup Fair LogoThe Alaska State Fair was so great we have decided to do it again! This time a little closer to home at the Puyallup Fair from September 7 – 23. We will be there with a fully constructed and outfitted greenhouse. For everyone who has been waiting for an opportunity to spend some time in one of our greenhouses and have all your questions answered this is your chance. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and there truly is no fair like the Puyallup. We will have an exclusive deal going on for the fair and our fully accessorized demo model will be sold at a deep discount.

So come on down and do the Puyallup!

 

Sunglo 1200C Greenhouse Construction

Inspired by Roy’s video post on Youtube, I set out to construct an entire Sunglo 1200C greenhouse in one day for demonstration at the Alaska State Fair last week. As you can see in the video below Roy is still the ultimate champion, but I came pretty close.

Alaska Demo Build on Youtube

All together it took about a day and a half. My thanks go out to Roy for not only the inspiration, but for all his helpful advice on how to shoot and edit the video as well.

Alaska Fair DemoToward the end of the video I included the construction of the cedar benches and vinyl shelving that are available in all our greenhouse models. Watching the assembly you can see why they support over 75 pounds per 30″ by 30″ slat. They are super tough, tie the greenhouse together very nicely, and smell like heaven. Another great feature of this particular demo is the double door. One door closes onto the other allowing for an unobstructed entry way of over five feet when both doors are open.

Sunglo goes AlaskaIf you have not dropped by to see us yet, you still have time to see this demo at the Alaska State Fair. I had a great time preparing for the fair and taking in the sights around the Matsu Valley. The natural beauty of Alaska and the people who live there will remain fresh in my mind until I finally get to return for next year’s fair.