Greenhouse Gardening Tips

Nathan Steegstra and his family

Nathan Steegstra's Journey as a Factory Installer at BC Greenhouse Builders

Nathan Steegstra, a factory greenhouse installer for BC Greenhouse Builders, reminisces on his history

“I started approximately 20 years ago and I was hired by Jay.  Jay said it was the most unorthodox interview ever,” Nathan chuckles.  “My buddy Darren worked for BCG and I picked him up from one of their parties. All I remember is Henry’s big arm is around my neck and he hands me a beer.  Kyle starts interviewing me and then I think “I gotta get out of here”.  Two weeks later, Nathan joined the production crew and is now our lead factory greenhouse installer.

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Yew greenhouse

A Photographer's Backyard Greenhouse: Bigger, Better & Picture Perfect

BC Greenhouse Featured in Style at Home Magazine

BC Greenhouse Builders Limited, North America’s leading builder of hobby and estate greenhouses, is proud to announce the recent article “A Photographer's Backyard Greenhouse is Picture Perfect” by Christy Wright.  The article features our customer Emily Yewchuck and her stunning Cottage model 12x16 glass greenhouse.

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lean-to greenhouse attached to a brick wall

Backyard Greenhouses: A Growing Trend - Wall Street Journal Feature

Backyard Greenhouses are Growing on Homeowners

BC Greenhouse Builders Limited, North America’s leading builder of hobby and estate greenhouses, is proud to announce the recent article "Backyard Greenhouses are Growing on Homeowners" by Melissa Feldman.  The publication comes at a great time while we are celebrating our 70th anniversary.  This article featured two of our greenhouses and greenhouse customers.

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Assortment of cauliflower seed packets

Experience the Joy of Greenhouse Gardening: Tips for March and April

Sunshine on Your Face in the Greenhouse Garden

I close my eyes as I bask in the sun, heat on my face. I take off my jacket and then my hat. My neighbors, friends and family have gone away to Martinique, Belize and Spain but I am experiencing the best holiday. I am sitting in the sun at home – in my Greenhouse Garden.

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tomatoes growing in a greenhouse

Greenhouse Tomato Tips for Beating the Heat: July in the Greenhouse

The Trouble with Greenhouse Tomatoes

Do your greenhouse tomatoes have heat stroke?

If your tomato blooms are bending and falling off, flower and all, they are having a heatstroke. When extreme heat hits, greenhouse tomatoes fail to set fruit even as the leaves keep growing and new blooms appear.

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Leaf showing signs of distress

Greenhouse Garden Tips: How to Solve Your Pest Problems with Biological Controls

Like something out of a horror film, the army of purchased insects sense the trouble-makers and bite their head off as they emerge…. And just like that, my greenhouse problem is solved.

In the Beginning

Speckled leaves on my strawberries make me think of spider mites, but I am wrong. When I tap a leaf with tell-tale speckled leaves, I catch three white immature thrips on a piece of paper.

Thrips move slowly, crawling or sometimes hopping but never really flying. They fall easily on the piece of paper I hold below the leaf. Whiteflies are a brighter white and they fly quickly as soon as a leaf is touched. I do not have whiteflies.

My immature thrips are the size of a 12-point Helvetica lower case “e” on the recycled paper I use to catch them and they are a serious bother on my strawberry plants.

 

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Joanna and Kathy, Long time BC Greenhouse Employees

Joanna DeJong: A True Legacy at BC Greenhouse Builders

Joanna, accountant for BC Greenhouse Builders, is a legacy

As part of our 70th Anniversary, we continue with spotlights on people who have shaped the BC Greenhouses that we are today. 

Joanna DeJong, Accounts Manager of BC Greenhouse Builders, started her long career in 1997.  One of the few legacy employees who not only remembers the Hedley location in Burnaby but worked there too.  Joanna started as a Girl Friday of sorts but her introduction to the Heinen family started much earlier.

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Mike Brouwer at a home expo show in the 90s

Meet Mike, Exclusive Representative of BC Greenhouse in Fraser Valley

Mike Brouwer, the owner of Clear Choice Glass Construction, is the exclusive representative for BC Greenhouse Builders in the Fraser Valley.

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Mike Brouwer, owner of Clear Choice Glass Construction, about his history with BC Greenhouse Builders. Mike is what we would call a "legacy employee." Legacy to us means someone who has been with the company for an extraordinary amount of time, adds value and improves the company over the years through their dedication and hard work.

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Growing starts in my April greenhouse

How Worm Castings, Pests, and Algae Affect Your Greenhouse Garden

Pests, Worm Castings and Algae

What are Worm Castings?

Before we get to greenhouse gardening algae, let's talk about a shopper on Amazon that complained about bugs in her worm castings. If you don’t speak garden lingo yet, worm castings are simply worm poop. They are mixed with soil in garden beds or in pots to make tomatoes grow faster, stronger and healthier. And just in case you missed the memo, worm poop comes with bugs of its own. The good ones.

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