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Anita, Carlson Family Farm: Just to let you know, our structures from you folks did really well during the hurricane. We live right on the Northumberland Strait and got 5 plus hours of direct winds well over 100 km from the East, then a calm for 2 1/2 hrs as the eye passed over us, then a real pounding from the west wind for another 6+ hours. Highest gusts in along the shore here, reached over 130 km/ hr!
We checked our structures every 2 hrs as our house is not directly beside them, and made sure nothing came loose (doors, etc) so that no air could get inside. But they were definitely shaking! We have single poly from 2017 on the main greenhouse which is directly open to the east & west wind but protected from the South by large band of evergreen trees. Our raspberry field surrounds this greenhouse and had their canes stripped of leaves, but not a branch pierced the plastic (Thanking God for that!). Our newest lower structure with white tarp, held up really well, too. Both structures are on gravel, with the treated wood sill and 4’ steel T-bars (2 between each set of arches) driven in at an angle on the inside then bolted to the sill. The larger is a greenhouse with the inside soil worked up for growing veg and the smaller one is used for our shop to sell our veg with an undisturbed floor covered with compacted gravel.
Just thought I’d share a ‘good news’ story with you! 🙂
Our neighbors, who have had a 100’ long greenhouse (for spring nursery plants) with double poly on a cement foundation, lost it all during the same storm. Wind got inside and ripped the plastic off while bending the steel arches and frame. A very hard loss for them, but at least there growing season was over so no plants were inside. We had a full greenhouse of growing veg, tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss chard, kale, rosemary, strawberries, and peppers, and we really didn’t want to take the poly off and loose the crop. I can tell you we didn’t sleep all night wondering if we had made a wise choice by leaving it on! But, thankfully all is well and we opened our shop again for business two days later, after much cleanup.