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    we built one, using recycled HUGE panes of glass...now we are rethinking this...the temp in there right now is 158!
    YES, you read that right...

    I need a ventilation fan I am thinking...and I would love it to be solar...

    if you have a greenhouse, do you have ventilation fans, a cooling system, etc???

    we are also shuddering the glass half way up and adding an awning to the top as well....

    hopefully all of these things will help make this greenhouse work as an actual greenhouse!

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    158! wow, you can cook those veggies as they grow lol no greenhouse here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    158! wow, you can cook those veggies as they grow lol no greenhouse here.
    nothing living is in there....not even a lizard nor bee...

    but...the lawn mower, gas can, my bike with NEW leather seat...
    you know..things that probably won't hold up under those extreme temps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    158! wow, you can cook those veggies as they grow lol no greenhouse here.
    nothing living is in there....not even a lizard nor bee...

    but...the lawn mower, gas can, my bike with NEW leather seat...
    you know..things that probably won't hold up under those extreme temps...
    Gas can scares me if that hot in there, mayb a diff. place for it u think........

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    We have a green house my DH built , It has a window running the lenght of it on hinges that lifts up for ventilation. It doesn't look so great but he enjoys it. It is built out of fiber glas stuff , low budget.

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    A fan will help a lot :D depending on where you live and the size of the greenhouse, you may need more than one :D:D:D

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    I need a ventilation fan I am thinking...and I would love it to be solar...
    if you have a greenhouse, do you have ventilation fans, a cooling system, etc???
    we are also shuddering the glass half way up and adding an awning to the top as well....
    hopefully all of these things will help make this greenhouse work as an actual greenhouse![/quote]
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    Some people put some whitewash paint on the top of the greenhouses during summer. If you have rain this could go inside the top glass. Possibly could leave it off on the North side.

    Or you could put some of the emergency foil blankets over it to reflect the sun, but I'd take in consideration any cars that have to drive with that blasting the sun back into my face..might cause accidents.

    Or you could put tarp over it in summer.

    I have on top of my house about 3 exhaust fans that work simply by wind power to pull heat out of my attic.

    You could put in annual vines and train them to grow over the greenhouse, or at least the South and East/West sides, and cut them down in late fall.

    Or you could put up some 4 or 6 tall, heavy poles and string some shade cloth over the greenhouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A fan will help a lot :D depending on where you live and the size of the greenhouse, you may need more than one :D:D:D
    OK and the whole thing is 14' square!

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    No greenhouse here. But with this weather my house feels like one :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I have 2 large greenhouses. Yes you need fans, ventillation, misters and even an evaporative cooler in the summer if you plan on growing plants and keeping them alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I have 2 large greenhouses. Yes you need fans, ventillation, misters and even an evaporative cooler in the summer if you plan on growing plants and keeping them alive.
    in OK, I don't plan to keep anything alive in there...but need to protect some things that are not made for those temps....my watering can just shattered in my hands...the plastic can't handle the heat...

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    About 20 yrs ago my DH built me a small green house, 10 X 15 I use it to start seeds and store yard furnature in the winter. it has windows that open on the north and south ends when its hot I open them the breese blows from the south during the summer. if it gets too hot during growing season I will also turn on an old box fan to keep the air moving. During the summer you will only find empty pots, extra potting soil, stored in metal garbage can with lid, and maybe some mircle grow in it. All my tools are made of metal don't use plastic of any kind in there. It will deterate to quickly between heat and cold, plastic just doesn't last. My roof is not glass but a form of recicled plastic used for sky lights in barns

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    Right now you should consider using it as a dehydrator. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Right now you should consider using it as a dehydrator. :lol:
    I have herbs on screens...only takes a day to dry them out...sad..

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    Yes I do and it is not usable when it gets hot. I just use it early spring for starting plants I do have a ventilation fan that is really a must. I also have two windows that I can open for ventilation. I would imagine if you have it insulated you could use a air conditioner to cool it down.

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    I have a fiberglass greenhouse 10' x 12', it has 4 roof vent windows. My DH put some cylinders on 2 of them that open and close according to heat conditions. I store plants in the winter in there and start seeds in the spring. With the high temps we have in Mississippi in the summer- growing anything in there then is out of the question. This is the 3rd year we have had the greenhouse and I just love having it. The first year I stored plants - several people asked me to store plants for them in the winter which I really didn't mind until I was the only one around at watering time. Contrary to what some people believe-plants DO need water in the winter!! Now I only store my plants- sounds selfish, right? All that time I spent wintering everybody elses plants could have been spent quilting!!

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    I had 2 at one time. I had fans, and windows, but it was still too hot. The thing that really got the temps down was the misting system. The plants loved it too. It would be easy for a small greenhouse like yours, mine was 12' x24', and my big one was 24' x 48'. I used the misting system in the big one, it was like a rainforest. I loved going in and messing with my plants, a little tropical paradise in my own back yard.

    Just noticed you are in Enid. I am in Bixby. Can I come play in your greenhouse? I really miss mine. I have all sorts of tropical plants that I have gathered from lots of different places. They are living (I hope) under a tree at my Mom's house right now. Not sure what I am going to do when it starts getting cold.

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    we are in the ozarks and I feel that it is already 158 outside.....

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    not personally, but a dear friend shares hers with me. our weather in Washington is way off the charts in being the opposite of yours. smile. I really would take the gas cans out of there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karyn
    I have a fiberglass greenhouse 10' x 12', it has 4 roof vent windows. My DH put some cylinders on 2 of them that open and close according to heat conditions. I store plants in the winter in there and start seeds in the spring. With the high temps we have in Mississippi in the summer- growing anything in there then is out of the question. This is the 3rd year we have had the greenhouse and I just love having it. The first year I stored plants - several people asked me to store plants for them in the winter which I really didn't mind until I was the only one around at watering time. Contrary to what some people believe-plants DO need water in the winter!! Now I only store my plants- sounds selfish, right? All that time I spent wintering everybody elses plants could have been spent quilting!!
    HA....I grew up in SOUTH MS...so I know what you mean..and yes..plants DO need water in the winter..especially container plants!

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    hubs made me a greenhouse out at the farm, but we had to rethink it - the snow got it and then the wind blew it in. This is lowcountry SC, so there shouldnt have been any snow!
    In the summer we planned on rolling up the plastic on the sides - the temps are terrible inside. Its really good for wintering over tomatoes and green peppers. Wanted to try and grow lettuce, too. Wanted to use it to start seedlings, too sharet

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    Had the same problem....We installed an attic cooling fan, heat/temp activated. Can be set to exhaust heat over certain temps. Not expensive at all. We also use light shade cloth to cut some of the heat over the part that gets extreme afternoon sun and it still gets plenty of light.

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    We built ours last fall. I finally got to use it this spring and summer. It is just to convenient to put your plants from the nursery in there until planting time. Also a nice way to acclimate them to our climate.

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    Yes, I have a greenhouse for almost 15 years now. And I love it. I ordered it from a company that had a display at a big flower show in Philadelphia, PA. It's 2-ply plastic and not at all energy efficient. It has a propane heater, and I used to heat it all winter, (for houseplants) but when prices went up I could no longer afford that. Now I heat it in March to start seeds. I love growing seeds and plant them in my yard. As well as giving some plants to friends. Rejoyce ><>

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    I have 2 large greenhouses. Yes you need fans, ventilation, misters and even an evaporative cooler in the summer if you plan on growing plants and keeping them alive.
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    You've named every one of the helps I've seen in the commercial green houses I've seen in past years. I can still feel the chill on my skin just thinking of that lovely misty building.

    I bought some of the misting hose some years ago for the dog yard. After a few years the calcium in our water clogged it up, which was a problem we had at the nursery. We have a LOT of calcium, among other things, in our water.

    One thing my DH accidently found that caused some of his plants to grow faster, was to use blue glass on the top roof. A tree branch broke some glass on the greenhouse that held the very most expensive plants he had (of course!!) and since he was called in late at night, he searched around old storage buildings and found some glass a family member had stored "just in case he wanted to create a masterpiece of stained glass" and DH used them. Turns out in that part of the green house and that part only, the plants grew bigger and much thriftier. Very interesting I thought. I found it's called Color Therapy or something like that.

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