What is the Right Roof Pitch For Your Greenhouse?

View Our Greenhouses Finding the best angle for your greenhouse roof is not as clear cut as some passive solar greenhouse designers make it sound. Passive solar greenhouse designers often cite this rule of thumb: To find the “best” angle (or pitch) for a greenhouse roof take your latitude and add 20 degrees. While the…

A Guide to Planning a Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse

Imagine running a business that uses innovative sustainable growing methods, creates little to no waste, and gives back to the community by supplying fresh, local food. Commercial aquaponics presents an opportunity to do all three, while also being financially profitable with high-value, year-round produce.  While an enticing opportunity, planning a commercial aquaponics greenhouse requires a…

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Designing a Ground to Air Heat Transfer System

View Our Greenhouses Designing a Ground to Air Heat Transfer System A Ground to Air Heat Transfer system– also called an Earth Battery, Earth Tubes, or a Climate Battery – is a low-cost method for heating and cooling your greenhouse year-round using only the sun and the thermal mass of the soil underground. For more…

Using Ladybugs in the Garden and Greenhouse

The primary purpose of using ladybugs is as a beneficial insect that provides pest control by eating the "bad bugs." They are particularly useful in combating aphids, which is a major tormentor of year-round greenhouses, which stay warm and humid (great breeding conditions for aphids). A common alternative to ladybugs (technically called "ladybird beetles" but…

4 Ways to Use a Greenhouse in the Summer

View Our Greenhouses Greenhouses can often take a back seat during the summer months, when gardens are flourishing outside. But that doesn’t mean they should go unused. In fact, year-round greenhouses take on new roles during this time of year. Here are 4 strategies on how to use a greenhouse in the summer. Warm Sanctuary…

An Introduction to ETFE Glazing for Greenhouses

Note: We offer ETFE only for Ceres 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…

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…