Our Greenhouse

I’ve always wanted my own greenhouse, and a few years ago my dream came true with the addition of a cute little Sunglo greenhouse.

The greenhouse was a work in progress, and now that it’s done I’ve been learning a lot about greenhouse growing.  The links on this page are all about the greenhouse – what inspired it, how we built it, and what I’ve learned.

In Greenhouse on the Brain, I talk about why I have always dreamed of having a greenhouse.

deserted greenhouse

Then in late fall of 2014, my husband, Chris, and his friend, Bruce, began the construction of our own adorable little Sunglo lean-to greenhouse.


The interior still needed to be completed, but in the meantime, my brother gave us these great  greenhouse lights that he made himself.

Just right - rustic hanging lights for our greenhouse

Then in late-winter of 2015, Chris found time to install the shelves and we were able to start using the greenhouse.  Check out Late Winter in the Greenhouse for a little tour.

Lime with control panel edited

I also posted a little how-to in case you have never started your own seeds indoors and want to give it a try.

ingredients edited

In March of last year, it was time to start my begonia tubers so that we can enjoy their gorgeous flowers this summer.  I wrote a guest post about this for the Sunglo Greenhouse blog.

begonia back patio

Things heated up in the greenhouse in April of 2015, so I made some Pretty Burlap Shades to keep the plants happy.

Burlap shades

And in May of 2015, Chris installed a sink that uses recycled rainwater.

sink and basin

In summer of 2016, I looked back over the past seasons and shared what I had grown, protected, or overwintered in my greenhouse.

plants outside greenhouse3

And in late summer of 2016, we finally found a way to pretty up the ugly pressure-treated wood foundation.  Now the greenhouse looks so solid and finished!

front of greenhouse closeup of brick

In early 2017, I experimented with three different seed starting trays, using Coleus as the subject of my experiment.  In An Experiment With Coleus, I share my findings.

And in May of 2018, I talked about all the plants I overwintered and grew in my greenhouse.  It  got my spring gardening off to a great start.

In the summer of 2018, we added a bedspring trellis to the front.

And in February of 2019, we got record snowfall.  But the greenhouse just shrugged it off.

And recently, I got a chance to visit a greenhouse like no other:  That spectacular urban jungle called The Spheres!

10 Replies to “Our Greenhouse”

  1. Hi Heidi! I too live in the PNW, and having checked out various greenhouses at the Flower & Garden Show this week, I think I’m ready to take the plunge: a SunGlo lean-to style greenhouse, 7′ x 17’ish.
    I’m curious about whether you heat yours in Winter, and if not, how warm does it stay in the coldest months? These things look STURDY and well insulated, and I was impressed with the materials and design of the one I saw at the F&GS.

    1. Lisa, how exciting! That is a nice-sized greenhouse. I’m sure you’ll have all kinds of fun growing things. We do heat ours in winter with a small portable heater attached to a thermometer. It kicks in when the temperature drops under 55 degrees. I rarely notice it running during the day, but I’m sure it must kick in at night. We have citrus trees and several other plants that wouldn’t do well under 55 degrees. But it depends on what you’ll use it for. If you just want to keep above a freezing temperature, you might not need a heater. Now during the day, since the greenhouse is south-facing and gets some sun, the fan and automatic vents actually kick in at times. When I’m gardening in the cold, I often go into our greenhouse for a bit to warm up and feel like I’ve been transported to the tropics. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Have fun with it!

  2. Hello Heidi!
    Love your greenhouse and how it has evolved since it was first put up. I wrote up about wanting a greenhouse this spring, too, since we are still looking for our next house and currently live in a 41′ fifth wheel travel trailer. 🙂 My “garden” is a bunch of potted roses and plants that are suffering without more shade and a greenhouse for winter protection.

    Looking forward to seeing how you decorate your greenhouse this next winter. The trellis will look totally cute decorated with lights and whatever else you think up!

    Barb 🙂

    1. Barbara, how exciting that you are looking for your next house. To me that sounds like a fun situation to be in, especially if (and hopefully it’s the case for you) you are not in a hurry. Good luck with your house hunting and your container gardening.

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