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Master Gardener Tips April 29, 2024

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By Kirstee Schutte, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Ever wondered how far back greenhouses date? All the way back to 30 A.D. in Rome during the reign of Emperor Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus. Just what drove him to have greenhouses built? As the story goes, the ailing Emperor was instructed to eat cucumbers by royal physicians. And so, the first greenhouse was built with stone walls for insulation and a glass ceiling to let the light in.