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…

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…

Is My Plant Getting Enough Light?

The following is an excerpt from The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, with additional content provided by expert greenhouse grower Paul Alaback. Year-round greenhouse growers, and all gardeners, often wonder whether plants are getting sufficient light. As we’ll explain further below, whether your garden gets enough light is somewhat subjective -- it depends on your expectations. Fortunately,…

A Guide to Planning a Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse

Imagine running a business that uses innovative sustainable growing methods, creates zero 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 detailed business…

5 Tips for Building a Solar-Powered Greenhouse

Integrating solar panels with a greenhouse can make it off-grid, but takes careful consideration of your goals and the best strategy for doing so. “I want a greenhouse with solar panels”, is one of the top requests we get from clients trying to be more energy-efficient. So what are these people really looking for? The…

The Chicken Coop, Greenhouse Combo

These two useful structures for creating a sustainable homestead are not often associated. But, with the right planning they can be integrated into a single multi-use structure that enhances both environments, as the waste products of one become inputs for the other. Together, a backyard greenhouse / chicken coop can be a year-round food-producing machine……

7 Tips for Designing an Aquaponics Greenhouse

Some quick tips taken from our e-book - Designing an Energy-Efficient Aquaponics Greenhouse. You can download that for free here and get more info, floor plans and strategies for making the most out of your greenhouse investment. 1. Place grow beds in sunlight; fish tanks in shadier areas If fish tanks are in direct light they can…

Growing Bananas Off-Grid: Tour of A Tropical Greenhouse in the Rocky Mountains

Growing bananas and guava, this off-grid greenhouse is anything but your typical commercial greenhouse Step into the solar greenhouse at Golden Hoof Farm in Boulder CO and you're greeted not by a monoculture of mass-produced greens or flowers but by a forest of fruit trees -- guava, avocado, mango, banana, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, starfruit, dragon fruit, pineapple,…

3 Ways to Heat Your Greenhouse for Free this Winter

Learn how to harness and store solar energy to keep your greenhouse growing through the winter for free (or next to nothing) Greenhouses can be interesting environments to grow in. This is because standard greenhouse materials like glass and plastic (“glazing”) are extremely good at letting in light and heat in, and extremely good at…