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An Introduction to Vapor Pressure Deficit

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity? By Harry Connor Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight,…

5 Tools for Planning an Energy Efficient Commercial Greenhouse

With demand for local food continuing at a strong pace, a year-round greenhouse is often a good business venture. You can greatly improve your chances for a successful greenhouse business with proper planning. Planning for a greenhouse business requires basic business planning -- thorough research and usually spreadsheets. Here are five essential tools to aid that process, based…

Setting Controls in a GAHT System or Climate Battery

A climate battery is a ground to air heat exchanger, which provides year-round heating and cooling of solar greenhouses and other structures using the thermal mass of the soil underground. Ceres’ patent-pending Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT™) is a high-performance climate battery specialized for year-round greenhouse growers. For more on how a GAHT™ system…

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…

4 Ways to Use a Greenhouse in the Summer

Greenhouses can often take a back seat during the summer months, when gardens are flourishing outside. But that doesn’t mean they’re un-used. In fact, year-round greenhouses take on new roles to continue growing. Here are 4 strategies for getting the most out of a greenhouse in the summer. 1. Warm Crop Sanctuary One great strategy is…

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…

The 5 Ws of Planning a Smart Greenhouse

What do I want to grow and when? In other words why do you want a greenhouse? This is the first question we start with when planning any greenhouse, because what you want to grow, over what seasons, dictates a lot about your greenhouse design. Generally, we group greenhouses into three categories by their temperature…

Design Your Own Greenhouse – New Workshops

Over the years we've been contacted by many people interested in designing and / or building their own energy-efficient year-round greenhouse, using passive solar design, our Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT) system and other methods which allow the greenhouse to provide it's own heating and cooling, naturally year-round. Now is your time to learn…

Choosing the Right Angle for Your Greenhouse Roof

The best angle for greenhouse glazing in the roof is not as clear cut as some solar greenhouse designers make it sound. Solar greenhouse designers often cite a rule of thumb along the lines of: To find the “best” angle for a greenhouse roof take your latitude and add 20 degrees.While the logic behind this rule…