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…

Using Ladybugs in the Garden and Greenhouse

First, releasing a swarm of 2,000 ladybugs -- ready to defend your garden -- can be a fun activity, and a great way to get kids into the garden. 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 combatting aphids, which is a…

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 --…

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

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 for a Residential Greenhouse

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

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…

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…