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Monthly Archives: April 2009
Let the Fresh Air in
Solexx panels deliver maximum soft, diffused light to plants enclosed in greenhouse structures. Lest we forget that plants also need fresh air. Proper ventilation prevents diseases, reduces overheating and releases excess humidity. For best results, air should circulate evenly through small greenhouse spaces during the growing season. Cross ventilation can be achieved by placing base vents close to the greenhouse floor coupled with a large vent or exhaust fan positioned on the back wall. This technique forces fresh air into the greenhouse and releases stale air up and out the back. Vents can be closed in winter to save on heating costs.
Green the Grounds in Oregon
It is fantastic to see that the White House is starting their own green movement. Wouldn’t it be a novel idea if every state capital building had a vegetable garden gracing its front yard to further spread the movement throughout this great nation?
In Salem, Oregon our capital building has a large expanse of lawn leading up to its marble steps. I would love to see our Govenor, Ted Kulongoski with a shovel in his hand breaking ground on a veggie garden. Oregon is one of the “greenest” states in the country. We need to continue to be the leader in promoting the slow food movement and our state’s agricultural legacy.
Our greenhouse has undergone many incarnations over the years. It was delivered and set-up with no instructions attached. We quickly learned that a greenhouse without water, electric or venting is essentially a large cold frame. For many years, it was a way to relieve the garage from all my tools, pots, and garden miscellaneous so my husband could have the garage back.