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Re: Oleander-greenhouse


I keep a fan running 24/7 to redistribute heat, but more importantly to
increase air circulation. I have an exhaust fan on a thermostat, but I think
I need to get an extra thermostat that will cut the power to the heater when
the sun comes up- will save a lot of running down to the greenhouse. I have
both a big "dairy" heater that I rarely use, and a small ceramic, but I
think that 2 small ceramics would be better insurance in case one failed. .

I also have an old aquarium and a couple of tubs for aquatics, and have some
old aquarium heaters. The accumulated heat of the day, plus the little extra
nudge from the aquarium heaters can help when things are marginal. I also
keep several water-filled soda bottles near the crowns of some of my most
particular plants.

These latter are to try to hold down the high cost of
heating. I swore I would not heat the greenhouse this year. Of course, I was
kidding myself, but I'm really trying to behave. ;-)

Maybe some of these ideas would help?


----- Original Message ----- From: "MICHAEL HABIB" <godihabib@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Oleander-greenhouse

Thanks all for your sympathy.
Ceres, I don't know. I shut off the heater during sunny days, otherwise it
gets too hot in there and back on in late afternoon (a very basic
operation). It's a small ceramic heater and it usually does a good job. I
should get a fan to distribute the heat. It's usually very cold at the
bottom where the heater sits and needless to say, warm at the top. Now,
that I'm over the disappointment I'll look at it as an experiment as to
what will survive.
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA
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