[Market-farming] winter damage to greenhouses?

Andy Fellenz 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!
> Erin
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