[Market-farming] winter damage to greenhouses?
fellenz at fltg.net
Fri Oct 30 12:31:07 EDT 2009
I wouldn't count on being able to store stuff in a hoophouse if you are
going to be away for several months. The past few years I have lost
plastic off of a house or had something blow open or get damaged in
windstorms each winter. With plastic on a house, you need to be able to
check on it pretty often.
Also, I think it is good for a hoophouse to go through the full freeze
thaw and soaking of a winter every few years. It helps to wash away
salts which can build up from animal based composts or fertilizers.
Andy (in Phelps - just a few miles from Victor)
Erin Bullock wrote:
> I have a 28'x48' gothic-roofed greenhouse in the Rochester, NY area...
> and this is its first winter. I am planning on going away for a few
> months, and I remember some horror stories about greenhouse collapses,
> etc. -- do you all recommend taking the plastic off (it's pretty old
> & needs to be replaced anyway) so there's no possibility of collapse
> under snow load? I do have quite a bit stored in the greenhouse
> currently (I have no barn)... so I was wondering, if the gothic roof
> did indeed shed snow pretty well, I might as well leave up the plastic
> & keep some tools, bins, etc. inside. Any thoughts or experiences to
> share? Thanks!
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