Year-Round Greenhouse Planting Calendar

By Ryan

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. Day length is arguably the most important factor when determining when to plant in your greenhouse. If you are not using supplemental lighting, then it…

How to Reduce Heat in Your Greenhouse with Shade Paint

By Haley Bridgnell

Summer is almost here! As outdoor temperatures begin to rise, greenhouse temperatures rise as well. Luckily, there are a few methods for reducing the amount of heat that enters your greenhouse. Here at Ceres, we think that shade paint is a great way to reduce greenhouse temperatures. Shade paint can be applied once your greenhouse…

Water Barrels vs. Phase Change Material

By Haley Bridgnell

  Innovation plays an important role in every industry. Bulky, inefficient methods are catalysts for new-age technology. Since traditional greenhouses lack insulation, thermal masses can provide extra heat. Thermal mass materials absorb heat during the day and release the heat back into the greenhouse at night. Water barrels are widely used to maintain temperatures in…

Ceres Builds a Solar Greenhouse with “Pink” Technology

By Haley Bridgnell

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 12×16 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?

By Haley Bridgnell

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.…

Top 3 Greenhouse Pests and How to Deal with Them

By Haley Bridgnell

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 —…

Give starts a boost with DIY grow lights, made from dryer vents

By Haley Bridgnell

It’s that time of year that everyone wants to get their hands in the dirt. Unfortunately, for many of us there are still several more potential-frost weeks left to wait. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start your garden indoors. If you don’t have a year-round greenhouse or a good full-sun spot for starts in your home,…

Easy Raised Bed Options

By Haley Bridgnell

Whether gardening year-round in a greenhouse, or starting up an outdoor garden this spring, here’s a quick round-up of several ways to make your own raised garden beds. Cinder Block Easily stackable, these can be combined in any configuration. Blocks should be secured together using mortar or rebar. We suggest also filling the pockets with stone or gravel.…

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

By Haley Bridgnell

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…