Solar Greenhouse Basics: Ventilation

Even a well-designed solar greenhouse will overheat sometimes. This is because greenhouses are excellent solar collectors. While all that light is needed for growth, it often creates too much heat. Ventilation is essential not only for cooling but also for plants’ health. A leaf surrounded by stagnant humid air is a bug’s best breeding ground.…

Solar Greenhouse Basics: Orientation

Solar greenhouse design begins with choosing the correct orientation for your greenhouse. For those in the Northern hemisphere, this means maximizing Southern exposure of your greenhouse. The length of the greenhouse (longer dimension) should face South as this is where the majority of light comes from in the Northern hemisphere. The North side of the…

Solar Greenhouse Basics: Insulating your foundation

Insulating the soil underneath your greenhouse is an essential (and easy) step for energy-efficient year-round growing. Here's the basics. Often when building an energy-efficient greenhouse, people think about solar greenhouse design with the right orientation and enough thermal mass. But they don’t realize that there is a whole lot going on underneath our feet. The…

Greenhouse Foundations

So, you want a year-round greenhouse?  Time to dig deep (literally). At Ceres Greenhouse, we design and build super energy-efficient, year-round greenhouses that are built to last.  We talk a lot about growing bananas, citrus, figs, tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables, but we rarely “dig deep” to discuss the first steps of building…

3 Ways to Heat Your Greenhouse for Free this Winter

Learn how to harness and store solar energy to keep your greenhouse growing through the winter for free (or next to nothing) Greenhouses can be interesting environments to grow in. This is because standard greenhouse materials like glass and plastic (“glazing”) are extremely good at letting in light and heat in, and extremely good at…

Earth Sheltered Greenhouses

An interview with Mike Oehler, author of “The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book” We’ve talked about walipini’s: underground pit-style greenhouses that don’t have a foundation wall or frame. Going a step beyond a walipini is a framed greenhouse built underground. A common design for these is often called an Earth-Sheltered Greenhouse, a term popularized by…

The Walipini Greenhouse Low-Down

I never thought I would be calling The Church of Latter Day Saints to ask about greenhouses in Bolivia. But, as with a lot of things when you start to dig beneath the surface (yes, pun intended; there will be more), you can find yourself in some surprising situations. The impetus for this article is…

Green Walls Review. Inside, outside, or in a Greenhouse.

How to grow up? Here's a quick comparison of 3 vertical planters How do you get that look?... You may wonder when browsing Pinterest for vertical planter ideas. Or anything related to planters on Pinterest these days - as it seems a new vertical planter / green wall idea pops up every minute, often smartly using…

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…