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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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Kale and other greenhouse green vegetables

Greenhouse Growing: 5-Step Plan for Sensible & Successful Gardening

Greenhouse Growing is Planning for the Future

I am eating a lot of Kale and Bok Choi from my cool Greenhouse Garden right now.  The winter-sown spinach is suddenly starting to explode as the days get longer too. There are still a few beets and carrots in the greenhouse and the season of overlapping crops is about to begin.  This is a normal life with a greenhouse growing.

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BCG Team Photo

Celebrating 70 Years of BC Greenhouses: Our History and Our People

A Look Inside BC Greenhouse Builders: Our Production and Our People

For BC Greenhouse Builders' 70th anniversary, we wanted to showcase our employees, our craft, and our history through a new video. Come celebrate with us, learn about our growth since the 1950s, and follow our team through production and daily life here at BC Greenhouses.

Hear from the Heinen Family about their generational investment in this greenhouse company, tour our manufacturing facility, and see what sets us apart from our competition as the leader in North American greenhouse production today! 

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Timeline for Growing the Best Greenhouse Tomato: Tips for Success

So Many Tomatoes, So Little Space

Greenhouse tomato growers are rightfully confused when they see so many kinds of greenhouse tomatoes for sale. Karen Olivier, an independent tomato breeder from the Secret Seed Cartel, estimates there are 20,000 kinds of tomatoes listed right now and she is adding to that number by breeding new tomatoes every year.

 

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Seeds sprouting

The Story of Two Used Greenhouses from Craigslist


A Testament to the Durability of BC Greenhouse Builders Products

Big thanks to Larry Clarkson for telling us the story of his two used Traditional Greenhouses

Larry won the greenhouse lottery and found two used BC Greenhouse Traditional model greenhouses on, of all places, Craigslist. It's worth saying that we do not sell used greenhouses. After this story broke, our email blew up with requests from customers wanting to buy refurbished greenhouses. 

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A Success Story: The Davis Family's Legacy with BC Greenhouse Builders

As with any company, there are many people, vendors, and supporters that make up the fabric of your success.  When I started at BC Greenhouse 10 years ago, they shared with me the story of Erik Davis and it was a pleasure to talk with Russ and Aarron Davis to get the full history of our Vancouver Island connection.  It’s clear that Erik Davis was one of the remarkable people that changed the course of our company.  Erik was a bricklayer by trade who lived on the Island and he was known for his love of gardening. The president of four garden clubs, Erik was familiar with BC Greenhouses and had met Don Vale who was an installer with BCG.  Erik purchased his first greenhouse in 1981.

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Different Varieties of Tomatoes

Greenhouse Garden Tips: Soil Amendments & Nutrients

Importance of Soil Amendments & Nutrients in Greenhouse Gardening

A few years back my greenhouse tomato leaves were purple, yellow and spotted. Not all at once, but over time and on different leaves. It was the second year I was growing in my greenhouse and the commercial potting soil I bought was low on phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. The leaves on the plants were telling me what was going on. And it didn’t look good.

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Spinach

Hobby Greenhouse Growing: Tips for Ordering Seeds and Supplies

Before You Order Seeds for Your Hobby Greenhouse, Read the Fine Print

 

When I started growing in my Greenhouse Garden a few of my favourite plants stopped working for me. That's what I learned to read the catalog fine print and adapt my shopping for a better hobby greenhouse growing. 

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WindSong Cohousing: A Sustainable Community with a BC Greenhouse Connection

Previously, I put out a request for stories and projects that helped to shape the BC Greenhouse that we are today. Rick visited my office and mentioned the WindSong Cohousing project.  I had never heard of this project and ironically Cody found newspaper articles and stories about WindSong and left them on my desk this morning. I love how the universe works.

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