Can I Feed my Family of 4 with a Greenhouse?

By Miriam Schaffer   Yes.   The more difficult question lies in the specifics. How big does my greenhouse need to be? What do I plant? What growing method do I use? How do I design the space? What kind of greenhouse will I need? These are the questions you need to consider if you…

How to Reduce Heat in Your Greenhouse with Shade Paint

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…

A Greenhouse for Kaiel: A Little Warrior’s Fight for a Normal Life

For most people, tending a garden is a pastime that has therapeutic benefits and yields tasty and fresh rewards in the Spring and Summer time. For six-year-old Kaiel Morritt (pronounced like “Kale”) and his family, their garden is tremendously more than a pastime. Kaiel’s life depends on home-grown produce. Kaiel and his family live in…

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…

Water Barrels vs. Phase Change Material

  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…

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,…

How to Choose a Glazing Material for a Year Round Greenhouse

Note: We offer ETFE only for Ceres Greenhouses Below is an excerpt from The Year Round Solar Greenhouse. For more on choosing a glazing material for a greenhouse, plus costs and tips for installing glazing materials, please see the book. We live in a plastic-laden age, so when it comes to choosing a material for…

Tips on Using Water Barrels in a Solar Greenhouse

Year round greenhouses, or even those used for season extension, face the challenge of extreme temperature swings. A greenhouse structure can collect excessive amounts of heat during the day when the sun is out, causing them to easily overheat. However, they quickly lose this heat at night due to a lack of insulation, resulting in…

Energy-Efficient Ways to Cool a Greenhouse

Growing in a year-round greenhouse often means contending with heat. For most crops, photosynthesis slows when temperatures exceed 95 F. As the dog-days of summer hit, we explore the most energy-efficient ways of cooling a greenhouse. 1. Keep heat out (Shade Cloth)  Best for: all climates The first is to reduce light and heat gain…

5 Tips for Building a Solar-Powered Greenhouse

View Our Greenhouses Greenhouse With Solar Panels? 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…