An Introduction to ETFE Glazing for Greenhouses

By Kylie Gettleman Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is now offering an exciting new glazing option for our greenhouses in the form of ETFE film. Widely used in Japan for decades but with little use in the United States, Ethelyne Tetrafluoroethelyne (ETFE) is a translucent polymer sheeting with great benefits for greenhouse production. At Ceres, we installed…

An Introduction to Vapor Pressure Deficit

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity? By Harry Connor Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight,…

Pomfret School Passive Solar Aquaponics Greenhouse Comes to Life: Summer 2018 Update

Project Timeline and Updates provided by Pomfret School teacher Bill Martin. In the summer of 2017 construction of an 850 sq. ft. Ceres greenhouse was completed, a milestone in an endeavor to design and build a year-round aquaponic solar greenhouse to house the Helios Project at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.   The Helios Project’s…

Choosing The Right Contractor For Your Greenhouse Project: During The Build

Once you have chosen a contractor, your involvement in the building process is far from over. There are several things that you should be diligent about when your project is underway. Please read “Choosing The Right Contractor For Your Greenhouse Project Part 1” for helpful information to consider before you decide on a contractor. Current…

How to Reduce Heat in Your Greenhouse with Shade Paint

Summer is almost here! As outdoor temperatures begin to rise, greenhouse temperatures rise as well. Luckily, there are a few methods for reducing the amount of heat that enters your greenhouse. Here at Ceres, we think that shade paint is a great way to reduce greenhouse temperatures. Shade paint can be applied once your greenhouse…

A Greenhouse for Kaiel: A Little Warrior’s Fight for a Normal Life

For most people, tending a garden is a pastime that has therapeutic benefits and yields tasty and fresh rewards in the Spring and Summer time. For six-year-old Kaiel Morritt (pronounced like “Kale”) and his family, their garden is tremendously more than a pastime. Kaiel’s life depends on home-grown produce. Kaiel and his family live in…

Building a Backyard Greenhouse: Wood vs. Steel

Owning your own backyard greenhouse is an investment that can elevate your gardening experience beyond just providing a year-round growing space. A backyard greenhouse creates a slice of Costa Rica in the middle of a blizzard, it provides a natural therapeutic escape to stretch your green thumb, and can even be an incredibly convenient produce…

Water Barrels vs. Phase Change Material

  Innovation plays an important role in every industry. Bulky, inefficient methods are catalysts for new-age technology. Since traditional greenhouses lack insulation, thermal masses can provide extra heat. Thermal mass materials absorb heat during the day and release the heat back into the greenhouse at night. Water barrels are widely used to maintain temperatures in…

Ceres Builds a Solar Greenhouse with “Pink” Technology

In the spring of 2017, the Ceres residential design team collaborated with a passionate environmental science professor at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania to integrate Soliculture photovoltaic roof panels into our 12x16 DIY greenhouse design.   The goal was to create an energy efficient campus greenhouse that produced its own electricity and enhanced the incoming light spectrum…