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Greenhouse Blog

This blog is run by Solar Innovations, Inc.'s Greenhouse Experts. We love plants as much as you do. Please follow and allow us to help you in any way possible.
Oct 1 '14
With the cold weather approaching it is a great time to make sure your greenhouse heating system is working properly. Take the time to dust it off the unit, this should generally suffice if you use an electric heater. If your system runs off of propane, open your vale and check for leaks (use a dish washing liquid to do this; if it bubbles it is leaking). If a leak is detected, call a professional to have the unit serviced. If you have oil heat, change your fuel filters and also check your lines for oil leaks, the lines will be wet and smell of oil they are leaking.
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With the cold weather approaching it is a great time to make sure your greenhouse heating system is working properly. Take the time to dust it off the unit, this should generally suffice if you use an electric heater. If your system runs off of propane, open your vale and check for leaks (use a dish washing liquid to do this; if it bubbles it is leaking). If a leak is detected, call a professional to have the unit serviced. If you have oil heat, change your fuel filters and also check your lines for oil leaks, the lines will be wet and smell of oil they are leaking.

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Sep 29 '14
The cold, winter months are right around the corner, and for those haters of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, this could mean seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter, and it is characterized by loss of energy, anxiety, and sadness. However, avoiding SAD is as easy as ever with the help of Solar Innovations, Inc.’s structures, doors, and windows.
SAD occurs when the body experiences a chemical imbalance due to reduction of melatonin and serotonin levels by the lack of sunlight. To negate this effect, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting as much natural light as possible. Start eating your meals in a conservatory, sunroom, or by a window — especially breakfast, which is the start of your day. If you’re a gardener, spend a great deal of time in your greenhouse. Frequent exposure to sunlight is one of the most effective mood enhancers and treatments for SAD.
Furthermore, many fruits have been proven to help raise serotonin levels, including: apricots, apples, pears, grapes, plums, grapefruits, and oranges. By growing these types of fruits in your greenhouse, you will not only be able to enjoy fresh, organic treats throughout the year, but you will be subsequently reducing your risk of SAD.
Our structures are designed with the highest quality materials and glazing to give users all the benefits of the outdoors while at the same time never leaving the comfort of their home. Take advantage of your Solar Innovations, Inc. structures, doors, and windows in order to avoid the usual winter slump this year.
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The cold, winter months are right around the corner, and for those haters of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, this could mean seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter, and it is characterized by loss of energy, anxiety, and sadness. However, avoiding SAD is as easy as ever with the help of Solar Innovations, Inc.’s structures, doors, and windows.

SAD occurs when the body experiences a chemical imbalance due to reduction of melatonin and serotonin levels by the lack of sunlight. To negate this effect, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting as much natural light as possible. Start eating your meals in a conservatory, sunroom, or by a window — especially breakfast, which is the start of your day. If you’re a gardener, spend a great deal of time in your greenhouse. Frequent exposure to sunlight is one of the most effective mood enhancers and treatments for SAD.

Furthermore, many fruits have been proven to help raise serotonin levels, including: apricots, apples, pears, grapes, plums, grapefruits, and oranges. By growing these types of fruits in your greenhouse, you will not only be able to enjoy fresh, organic treats throughout the year, but you will be subsequently reducing your risk of SAD.

Our structures are designed with the highest quality materials and glazing to give users all the benefits of the outdoors while at the same time never leaving the comfort of their home. Take advantage of your Solar Innovations, Inc. structures, doors, and windows in order to avoid the usual winter slump this year.

Source: SolarInnovations.com

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Sep 24 '14
It is that time of year again. Gardeners should begin purchasing pre-finished plants and cuttings such as cyclamen, poinsettia, and Christmas cactus to place in greenhouses. These plants provide vibrant color during the fall to as gardeners await spring colors to return. These plants are relatively easy to grow with lower temperatures and fertilizers and the luscious flowers will warm your heart every time you visit your greenhouse.

It is that time of year again. Gardeners should begin purchasing pre-finished plants and cuttings such as cyclamen, poinsettia, and Christmas cactus to place in greenhouses. These plants provide vibrant color during the fall to as gardeners await spring colors to return. These plants are relatively easy to grow with lower temperatures and fertilizers and the luscious flowers will warm your heart every time you visit your greenhouse.

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Sep 22 '14
Did you know that saving the seeds for the next growing season is as easy as placing them in a mason and storing on a shelf in your greenhouse? Simply separate the seeds you with to save for a later date, place them in an air tight sealed mason jar, and store them in a cool dry area. Even if your seeds are dated they should still have a high germination rate if store properly.

Did you know that saving the seeds for the next growing season is as easy as placing them in a mason and storing on a shelf in your greenhouse? Simply separate the seeds you with to save for a later date, place them in an air tight sealed mason jar, and store them in a cool dry area. Even if your seeds are dated they should still have a high germination rate if store properly.

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Sep 17 '14
As summer draws to a close and autumn is on the horizon, it is now time to sanitize your greenhouse benches and floors as well as any tools or pots you plan to reuse.
A mixture of 1 part Clorox to 10 parts water works for this process, but be sure to rinse well. Happy Gardening!

As summer draws to a close and autumn is on the horizon, it is now time to sanitize your greenhouse benches and floors as well as any tools or pots you plan to reuse.

A mixture of 1 part Clorox to 10 parts water works for this process, but be sure to rinse well. Happy Gardening!

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Sep 15 '14
Attention greenhouse hobbyists: with fall approaching it is a perfect time to begin drying coffee grounds to be used as fertilizer over winter. You can utilize your greenhouse benches while there is still space or simply lay out a sheet of newspaper  and spread your coffee grounds on it to dry. Once they are dry you can either store them in a container to use later or spread them around your acid loving plants such as roses, azaleas or rhododendron. A ½ cup of dried coffee ground is good for about a 3 foot plant.

Attention greenhouse hobbyists: with fall approaching it is a perfect time to begin drying coffee grounds to be used as fertilizer over winter. You can utilize your greenhouse benches while there is still space or simply lay out a sheet of newspaper  and spread your coffee grounds on it to dry. Once they are dry you can either store them in a container to use later or spread them around your acid loving plants such as roses, azaleas or rhododendron. A ½ cup of dried coffee ground is good for about a 3 foot plant.

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Sep 5 '14
Newly planted mums outside of Solar Innovations, Inc. - we’re getting ready for fall. Have you taken the proper steps to assure your plants are ready for fall? Find out more by clicking here.

Newly planted mums outside of Solar Innovations, Inc. - we’re getting ready for fall. Have you taken the proper steps to assure your plants are ready for fall? Find out more by clicking here.

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Aug 29 '14

Butterfly chrysalises have been introduced to Solar Innovations, Inc.’s greenhouse. For more information and follow their progress, click here!

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Aug 27 '14
Solar Innovations, Inc. has updated it’s Butterfly Enclosure. We know all of you were excited when we posted the original layout. We’ve now added a rock wall, drift wood, a sponge for feeding, a ceramic duck for stagnant water (they love that!), and specific plants that each butterfly loves to feed on. Still dreaming of raising your own butterflies? Contact us today!

Solar Innovations, Inc. has updated it’s Butterfly Enclosure. We know all of you were excited when we posted the original layout. We’ve now added a rock wall, drift wood, a sponge for feeding, a ceramic duck for stagnant water (they love that!), and specific plants that each butterfly loves to feed on. Still dreaming of raising your own butterflies? Contact us today!

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Aug 27 '14

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