Posts Tagged ‘organic gardening’

Gig Harbor Academy installs a Solar Gem Greenhouse

We are so excited that Gig Harbor Academy now has a 15 foot Solar Gem Greenhouse. The kids will learn all about gardening and eating food they have grown.  Solar Gem Greenhouses is so excited to be a part of their learning experience. GHA funded their purchase by their spring auction donations and the generosity […]

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It’s raining in my greenhouse, HELP!

This time of year in the PNW can be rather daunting when it comes to greenhouse growing. I just spoke with a customer who called with the phrase above.  As we all know, once the sunny days of September pass, we start to experience a bit of rain. Well, maybe a bit more than a bit! […]

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A July 4th reflection: American self-reliance

From the pilgrims, to Colonial times, to the clarion call of “Manifest Destiny” in our push across the untamed west, American self-reliance has been a proudly defining trait of our nation’s forebears. Today, with financial, climatological, political, and security uncertainties abounding, that spirit of “improvise, adapt, and overcome” has returned in spades. Strength and preparation […]

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Health benefits of backyard vegetables!

Mom was right after all. Vegetables ARE the elixir for much that ails us, much that our body needs for health and balance, and much that our body requires to fight off disease and aging. The health benefits of home grown, backyard vegetables just can’t be ignored. Remember how you stared at your dinner plate […]

Backyard Gardening (and California’s drought)

It seems that with every ominous new story of climatological catastrophe in California, the critical importance and future of backyard gardening gets a little clearer. What was once a quaint hobby for many is now taking on far greater significance, and grabbing ever more headlines, as people across North America (indeed, the globe) are taking […]

How to kill snails and slugs (the bane of a gardener’s existence!)

Few things are more exasperating, and deflating, then to lovingly toil at cultivating your favorite vegetables or flowers in your backyard garden, only to then have your harvest ravaged by legions of uninvited slimy vermin with voracious appetites who are seemingly always on the prowl for a delectable meal at your expense. Ahhhhh, but fear […]

9 Best Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Lists. They are ubiquitous these days. We make lists, we read lists, we share lists, we organize ourselves with lists, we motivate with lists, and we’re endlessly entertained by others who make lists for us that rank things. Who gets to decide how things are ranked, what are the rules, is there a governing body […]

Surprising Container Grown Vegetables

It’s early January and, as usual, we’re getting inundated with seed catalogs.  We get great enjoyment from browsing the latest offerings of seeds and plants, planning our upcoming garden, and dreaming about the warmer weather and bushels and bushels of fresh produce we’ll grow and harvest.  As in past years, there are a few new […]

How To Choose A Greenhouse

For almost 25 years now, Solar Gem Greenhouses has been chatting with first time greenhouse owners about exactly how to choose a greenhouse and exactly which of our top-quality backyard greenhouses will best suit their gardening needs. The process often involves helping each of them to make a sound decision concerning the size and placement […]

HOT Topic: HOT Peppers!

Hot peppers are a favorite item to grow for many backyard gardeners, and particularly owners of a Solar Gem Greenhouse. Known for their hot and spicy nature, hot peppers come in many varieties, in many shapes and colors, many types of hot peppers, and boy can they bring the heat to any meal!  Peppers are […]