“New” Greenhouse survives Blizzard of 2013!

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The new greenhouse made it through the recent blizzard just fine, the plants had a harder time of it as well as the caretaker. Power was out for a brief 25 hours, but for those in our area it was a bit harrowing, “you don’t know what you got til its gone jm

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Luckily our new gas hot water heater was still operational, as well as our gas stove. Between periods of intense shoveling of the wet heavy snow, pans of near boiling water were carried out to the greenhouse by a one man bucket brigade, on ice. While the roof was still covered with snow, I was able to bring the temp from near freezing to about 45 degrees by filling a couple of trash cans with hot water. Sure enough, the sun came out, the temperature continued to rise and the snow slid off, I was happy the steeper roof of the redesigned greenhouse worked to eliminate shoveling the roof. Unfortunately, as anyone with a greenhouse knows, the layer of glass, in this case corrugated polycarbonate panels, is not good insulation, and as soon as the sun went down, so did the temp. Nothing was left to do but begin the long process of carrying plants in to the living room, which remained a comfy 55- 60 degrees or so with pots of simmering hot water on the stove. Some larger and less tender plants were placed around the cans full of hot water in a corner of the greenhouse, and I went to sleep, exhausted, with fingers crossed. We were lucky, the power came on that night, the heat came on automatically and dried up the house, where all the windows and doors had been dripping with condensation from the steamy pans of water on the stove.

My grandson Liam and his family had there own ordeal, which you can read about here: http://pressuresupport.com/

Hoping you have survived the storm as well as we have, I’m enjoying a snowstorm right now, from my warm cozy spot with a view of the greenhouse out the window.

Paul

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