Friday 21 February 2014

Argghhh! My Greenhouse Collapsed!

Well, my worst fears finally came true.  The greenhouse has caved in under the weight of the snow.  Following the disaster in the fall when the plastic "roof" flew off during a windstorm and had to be put back on (twice), I was left with a tarp covering the front and another tarp in the middle.  And there were large gaps in the plastic.  This is what it looked like before winter (seemed totally awesome to me considering what had happened):

It looks like everything between the two tarps went down.  This picture below is what it looked like a few weeks ago - the piles of snow up the sides were holding everything tight and it all seemed to be fine until the mild weather and rain the past two days.

This is what it is supposed to look like!

It happened just in the past few hours.  I have the day off today - I've got a nasty cold and cough so I went to get some cough medicine.  I know the greenhouse was fine this morning as I look at it out my window whenever I wake up.  But some time between this morning and when I got back with my meds, it collapsed.

The steel frames are very sturdy, but based on the width of the collapsed area, I have to assume some frames were damaged.  And it's hard to tell from the picture, but I'm pretty sure the front wall has been pulled backward which is definitely a serious problem.

Whatever ... I'm staying in bed with my miserable cold, can't be bothered to do anything now (except take the pics!).  To be honest, it might be best just to leave it alone.  At least it is still covering the wooden tables and other gear inside the greenhouse so they don't get exposed to the weather - especially when it would appear this winter is never going to end.

But if anyone has experience with greenhouses in the Ottawa South area and can provide contact info, please leave a note in the comment section.  I definitely need to get this fixed come spring.


  1. Oh no! This winter has been so brutal on everything. Commiserations on the greenhouse - hope it's going to be fixable.

  2. I have my fingers crossed that my insurance will cover it. Should know soon!