Community Greenhouse Grows Food for Vets

Based in Wheatridge, Colorado, The Redistribution Center serves veterans in need by providing them with vital items like clothing, furniture, school supplies. In 2016, they added a Ceres energy-efficient greenhouse to their fold, allowing them to grow fresh local food for veterans year-round. The commercial greenhouse kit grows a portion of veterans' meals. Moreover, it serves…

Top 3 Greenhouse Pests and How to Deal with Them

Pests can affect greenhouses a little differently than the outdoor garden, particularly year-round insulated greenhouses that are warmer and more humid. The top three pests we’ve encountered in our years of greenhouse growing are aphids, fungus gnats and white flies. Of course, is not an exhaustive list –you may encounter many more in your experience --…

Pineapples, custom siding, self-wicking beds… a greenhouse comes to life

My favorite time in the life of a greenhouse is those first few days after it's built, when we step off the job site and a grower's creativity takes over. Paint brushes strewn about, ground still muddy, this is not when the greenhouse is at its most beautiful. But it's the time when it transforms from just another greenhouse into an individual's…

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…

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…

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…