Re: [gardeners] Steaming Greenhouse

carolyn taylor (
Sun, 21 Jan 2001 15:08:04 -0800

Mine is on the south east side and the top of the roof crosses the middle 
of the sash window on that side in my upstairs bedroom.. My husband 
installed it so the lower half of the window opens into the greenhouse and 
the upper half is fixed. The door into the greenhouse is on the ground 
floor and opens into the kitchen and there is a permanent mount reversible 
fan above the door. By opening the window upstairs, leaving my bedroom door 
open and either running the fan or just opening the door from the kitchen 
to GH, the sun heats my whole house when the sun is shining. I live in the 
South east corner of Washington state in the wind pattern from the Snake 
and Columbia rivers so , while not as cold as yours, we get pretty cold.


At 05:54 PM 1/21/01 -0500, Leslie-Trapper-Boss wrote:
>Hi Carolyn,
>Hmmm. Logistically, the greenhouse is on the southern most side of the
>house, situated under my bedroom window. I would really have to put some
>thought into how I would run the vented air into my house.. Interesting
>thought.  I've thought about the fan, to circulate the air and that will
>be on my list of things to do also this week. Thanks!
>carolyn taylor wrote:
> >
> > Leslie, I don't know how your greenhouse is arranged regarding connection
> > to your house, but it seems a shame to waste the heat with the weather the
> > way it is. I vent mine into the house and the heat and humidity are both of
> > benefit. A fan placed in the door  moves a lot of air and has the benefit
> > of stirring up the air around the plants as well.
> >
> > Carolyn
> >
> > At 05:16 PM 1/21/01 -0500, you wrote:
> > >Hello!
> > >
> > >I am new to this list and already hoping someone could give me some
> > >encouraging advise.
> > >
> > >I am a new greenhouse (lean-to) type and up until this morning have
> > >maintained a comfortable heating ratio in it (I have an electric
> > >heater). I have some flower seeds started in flats, along with some
> > >potted bulbs in there. I also have some other potted, flowering plants
> > >in there as well.
> > >
> > >This morning I woke to a full blast of sun after a winter storm dropped
> > >six inches of snow on us here in Northern New Jersey. Usually, my
> > >routine has been that I make a visit to my greenhouse first thing in the
> > >morning to check out the temp, etc. and to raise the vent if it is going
> > >to be sunny, etc. However, this morning, other important demands on my
> > >life detained my usual morning visit and it wasn't until 2pm that I was
> > >able to get in there. I was thoroughly disgusted to feel and see that
> > >the heat inside the greenhouse was well over 95 degrees. Two of my
> > >potted flowers were wilted beyond recognition and my two seed flats
> > >where 50% of the seeds were just at the beginning stages of germinating
> > >were literally steaming. When I lifted the one dome up the heat was
> > >incredible that came out of the flat. I am SO mad at myself for letting
> > >this disaster happen.
> > >
> > >Tomorrow, I will be contacting my greenhouse dealer and ordering a solar
> > >vent opener and possibly even a door opener if necessary. In the mean
> > >time, what do you think the chances of the seeds progressing to full
> > >germination are? Nill right? I bottom watered them with cooler water and
> > >said a prayer for them. My efforts were a waste right?
> > >
> > >A lesson learned.... :(
> > >
> > >On a brighter note, I am hoping to contribute to this group and learn as
> > >much as I can along the way too.
> > >
> > >Thanks!
> > >Leslie Boss
> > >Union County, NJ
> > >--
> > >If you need me.. I'm in my greenhouse, happy as a lark :)
> > >
> > >USDA Zone 6a (The Garden State)
>If you need me.. I'm in my greenhouse, happy as a lark :)
>USDA Zone 6a (The Garden State)