Greenhouse out in the cold

Greenhouse in snow, early March

Checked out the greenhouse, haven’t been out to see it in a while. As usual, it’s there! I’m still always…pleased that it handles whatever weather comes at it, no problem. The first installation, it was in the middle of a 9-acre garden and hayfield, no nearby windbreaks, for five years unfazed, through real blizzards and windstorms that felled trees and took roofs off of houses. Reliable!

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9 Responses to “Greenhouse out in the cold”

  1. Kevin says:

    Nice. We bought some ‘6 year’ covering for our greenhouse. It ripped to shreds this year after only 3.5 years.

  2. Sharon says:

    What a nice surprise on this lovely spring-like morning! Mike is back…. and all is right with the world. I’ve missed your contributions more than you could know. Glad you’re still with us. Farm on!

  3. Andy says:

    And can you tell me if the plastic is just conventional or toughened? It looks quite a cloudy plastic so does that inhibit sunlight? About me…I run the Green Careers Site at (as in the extinct bird… also online at!).

    • Mike (tfb) says:

      It’s greenhouse plastic, 6mil from what I remember (and what it feels like), UV-stabilized and rated for four years. It’s been at it for nearly double that and still not shredding. It was never clear but a lot more so, and has gotten quite cloudy over time. I haven’t changed it because it’s used only briefly in spring for seedlings. I’ve been told that big commercial greenhouse growers change plastic when it loses 1% light transmission due to clouding, but that’s a different game entirely. I’d take their trashed plastic, no problem. :)

  4. Joe says:

    This is great. I have hope for my greenhouse. I am a new small farmer and in the prepping stage of building a greenhouse like this. Life of the plastic covering was one of my main concerns. Granted past performance is no guarantee of future return, but I am encourage nevertheless.

    • Mike (tfb) says:

      On the subject of first hoophouses, I just saw this in an old post from 2007: “It took me a season to get over being amazed that the hoophouse was still standing after bad storms—I’d actually head out in the howling wind in the middle of the night to check!” Hahaha.

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