Earth Sheltered Greenhouses

An interview with Mike Oehler, author of “The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book” We’ve talked about walipini’s: underground pit-style greenhouses that don’t have a foundation wall or frame. Going a step beyond a walipini is a framed greenhouse built underground. A common design for these is often called an Earth-Sheltered Greenhouse, a term popularized by…

The Walipini Greenhouse Low-Down

I never thought I would be calling The Church of Latter Day Saints to ask about greenhouses in Bolivia. But, as with a lot of things when you start to dig beneath the surface (yes, pun intended; there will be more), you can find yourself in some surprising situations. The impetus for this article is…

Green Walls Review. Inside, outside, or in a Greenhouse.

How to grow up? Here's a quick comparison of 3 vertical planters How do you get that look?... You may wonder when browsing Pinterest for vertical planter ideas. Or anything related to planters on Pinterest these days - as it seems a new vertical planter / green wall idea pops up every minute, often smartly using…

Fall Planting Guide For Your Residential Greenhouse

A Fall Planting Guide / Reminder from The Urban Farm Company  August is a great time to plant all of the cold season crops again! Below are the fall crops you can plant in August. If you plan to over-winter your crops under a cold frame, you can plant as late as mid-September. Of course, if you…

That’s Where My Apples Come From? The Basics of Grafting

The curious things about apples is that if you eat a Fuji apple, and plant the seeds from that Fuji apple, you won’t necessarily get a Fuji apple when that tree begins to fruit.  You may get something similar, or you may get something completely different.  Sour.  Mushy.  Huge or tiny.  It’s a total gamble…

Get Started! Jump Start Tomatoes with Cloning

​It's the time of year for starts. This year we learned a great technique for the impatient gardener... cloning! It's a very simple system : grown branches of many plants (tomatoes are the most common) will re-root from grown branches. The trickiest part is having access to a mature tomato plant (knowing a greenhouse gardener or…

A New Kind of Fast Food

Our mobile greenhouse just outside of Palisade, CO A mini- greenhouse goes on the road. Driving around Colorado, and soon the country, we call it fast food. At CERES we often discuss how difficult it is to try to explain what our greenhouses actually feel like when you walk into them. Regardless of the season…

What do 2,000 ladybugs in a greenhouse look like?

Natural pest control (using good bugs to kill bad bugs) is a great remedy for any pest outbreaks in a greenhouse. Partly because it is so easy... buy and release an army of beneficial insects, such as lady bugs or lacewings, and let them go to town feasting on aphids or gnats that may be eating…

Vertical Garden Made Out of Recycled Soda Bottles

Grow Up! …And maintain some whimsical fun with this colorful, aromatic, self-watering vertical garden made out of recycled soda bottles. There are several variations of how to build this… stringing together several columns of bottles or creating a simple one. In the PDF below we show you how to string several together. In effect, this…