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…

What kind of grower are you?

Are you thinking about purchasing a greenhouse? Do you wonder what to grow in a greenhouse? Do you question what greenhouse climate control systems are really necessary? How to use a greenhouse? Should you run your greenhouse in the winter? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.  Purchasing a greenhouse for…

Printable Planting Calendar for your Year-Round Greenhouse

Ceres Greenhouses are designed to grow year-round Factors like day length, greenhouse temperature and grower experience will affect what types of plants thrive in your greenhouse at different times of the year. With a little planning, it is entirely possible to execute a planting schedule that will allow you to harvest food from your greenhouse…

Quality versus Quantity – Which is More Important for Greenhouse Lighting Optimization?

Developing a greenhouse lighting strategy for your grow operation might seem overwhelming. How much do I need to use greenhouse supplemental lighting? Does light intensity matter? What about the light spectrum? In this blog we will break down some of these complex questions. Specifically we will address: Defining quantity of light Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density…

6 Common Greenhouse Pests and How to Manage Them

Pest and disease outbreaks in a greenhouse are a serious pain and can get out of hand if they aren’t addressed properly. Because this is such a prevalent issue within the greenhouse community, we’ve created this article on how to identify and manage 6 of the most common greenhouse pests. But before we get into…

Year-Round Greenhouse Planting Calendar

By Kylie Gettleman   How do you keep your backyard greenhouse supplying food year-round? There are two fundamental factors to consider when planning your greenhouse planting schedule: temperature and day-length.   Check out our printable greenhouse planting guide here Let’s start with understanding the importance of day-length, which is arguably the most important factor when…

Thinking About Growing Strawberries In A Greenhouse?

Strawberries are a delectable fruit which makes them one of the most valuable fruits to grow. Out of season, they are almost impossible to find and if you are lucky finding them, they can be very expensive. In season, while they are more readily available, they can be relatively expensive.  So, what’s one way to…

Growing Plants with Carbon Dioxide

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Carbon dioxide (CO2): The Basics  Introduction 1 - Different types of plants, different biological processes 2 - C3 plants: the importance of CO2  supplementation 3 - Supplying CO2 - Considerations 4 - Injection techniques 5 - Estimating the cost of CO2 6 - Injecting CO2 can be more cost effective than supplement…

Thinking About “Plant Diet”

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Managing a perfect growing environment is challenging and is the topic of much research. We know that the environment dictates the efficiency of these chemical and physical processes/reactions. As shown below, the environment can be divided into 9 main parameters called the nine cardinal parameters: CO2, temperature, humidity, light, wind, oxygen in…