Sunday, December 11, 2011

Big green house, update

We FINALLY got our big green house back up after losing it in a wind storm back in the Spring!

Got it up just before winter set in.
Friends came shortly after it happened to help us and they did a good lot of the bull work. However, it was just recently that we finally found the time to finish it. We really didn't want to let our friends down who put so much into helping us. So we pressed on even into cold weather and 'got er done'. It's a little battered and torn but it is up and usable once again. Lord willing we'll be able to get some early plantings in there this spring. This hoop house is our best place for growing tomato's since they are so hard to get to ripen in the out door gardens.

The green house was 96 feet long originally, but we wanted to reuse the plastic which was torn so we shortened it to 93 feet long. Still a sizable place to work in.

We had two sheets of plastic on it when we first put it up. We did that in case we ever wanted to heat it and two sheets are used for insulating purposes by inflating between the layers with air. As time was running out for us this year before winter set in we decided to only put on one layer of plastic this time. The plastic had sat on the ground long enough to get wet and full of algae, we wanted to wait until warmer weather to install the second piece after washing it.

So we put on the one layer. It was in kind of rough shape but we made it work. However, after dragging out the second layer that we did not use, to fold up for the winter, we found that had we picked that one, we would not have been able to use it. It was torn too badly to reattach it to the clamps we installed. Had we begun with that one we probably would have given up on the project until next year thinking both pieces would have been in the same shape. We felt that God directed us to the right one to start with after we saw the condition of the second piece. It's almost certain we would have given up on it because in order to use the damaged plastic we would have had to totally revamped the batten boards that we had just installed. There would have been no way to redo it before winter took hold. So we felt blessed that we picked the best sheet of plastic to start with.

Until Next Time


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