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Updates

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make the open house a big success! We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We also wanted to update everyone that Norm is out of the country with limited access to email until June 19th.
Please feel free to contact Gwen in the office at 1-866-838-6729 or Andrea at multisheltersales@gmail.com with any urgent requests in the meantime, and they will do their best to help you.

We appreciate your patience and are grateful for you thinking of Multi Shelter Solutions for your structure and covering requirements. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Multi Shelter Solutions
https://multisheltersolutions.com/
Toll Free: 1-866-838-6729

Open House in One Month!

June 1st 10am-2pm

BBQ, giveaways, prize draws, meet and greet and Q&A with the staff, tour the manufacturing facility

360 king st off mill lane Palmerston, ON

Featured Product: Hanley Caterpillar Tunnels

Knight Hanley StructureWe offer these structures with 17′ wide hoops at 6′ increments. Ultimate in Low Cost, Portable Season Extending Greenhouses.

A note of caution…
At 6’ rib spacing, these structures are not intended to, or capable of handling very much snow load. This tunnel can handle greater loads by simply reducing the rib spacing and/or increasing the length of the anchor pegs.

Please see our Hanley Caterpillar Greenhouses page as well as our recently published article about Hanley Season Extension for more information and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions regarding this unique application.

Season Extension: Moving Your Structure

A significant part of season extension involves moving an intact structure.

This basically allows you to get two (or possibly three) plots of production from one investment.

The idea is to start a relatively cold tolerant crop very early in the season (the timing will be different in different locations).

  1. Once the crop is firmly established in location A, (and it has warmed up) you will move the structure to location B and start another crop.
  2. You will harvest the crop in location A and then after working the soil, plant another crop in location A which is intended for fall harvesting.
  3. After location B is harvested and before frost you will move the structure back to A.
  4. Instead of doing twice in location A you could also choose location C.

A structure can be equipped with wheels which will run over the soil. There is quite a bit of flexibility where you go and the terrain you navigate.

The structure can be equipped with rollers on a track. This will determine where you go and this is usually intended for moving a bigger structure with fewer people.

The most common method of moving is sliding the structure on the soil. The base rail can be wood or steel.

It is critically import to understand the logistics of moving on a structure before you start. It is not hard to move a structure but it is also not hard to do damage.

Having a plan for proper anchoring is very important for a moveable structure. Your structure is at a vulnerable state when you release the anchors. Once you start, the job must be completed quickly. You have to be aware that the anchors may not come out or go back in easily so you may need to give yourself some extra time.

One other area of consideration on a moveable structure is the ends. There must be some sort of a flap or vent along the bottom so that when a structure is being moved, the ends will not uproot plant material. Generally speaking to have this ability in the ends takes away from the structural integrity, so some extra anchoring may be required.

You can see more information and photos on our movable information page. Please don’t hesitate to call us with ANY questions you may have. This can be a very useful addition to your structure, but must be understood correctly.

Guelph Organic Conference: Season Extension Technology 

Come hear Norm speak this morning at the Guelph Organic Conference 

“Season extension technology” is a broad topic which includes making your existing greenhouse into a more efficient year round production space. Season extension also includes the use of your structure in more then one place. Norm is looking forward to sharing from his 40+ years of knowledge and experience to help you get better value out of your greenhouse dollars. This workshop will build on what was presented previously in Greenhouses 101 and 102.

http://guelphorganicconf.ca/sessions/expert-greenhouse-choices-for-your-market-garden-operation/

Featured Product: Equipment Storage

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We have a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your equipment storage needs. Our buildings can have very straight sidewalls for more interior space with or without putting it a wall. The recommended covering is a 12 mil woven plastic tarp that is a three layer white, or green canvas. This will prevent excessive wear and tear on the cover if equipment is bumping into it.

Please see our Large Storage page for more information and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions regarding this application.

Installing Multi Shelter Solutions Buildings

One of the most common questions we get asked is regarding installation of our structures. We have tried to create a simple yet effective solution for your applications, and recently have revamped our installation guide with more pictures, a glossary and more detailed instructions about everything to empower our customer more.

These structures are supplied as kits, intended for our customer to be able to install themselves. We are available for whatever questions you may have. We have confidence that you will be able to install these structures yourselves with a small team of people. You will get a complete manual with every order. You can download our instruction manual through the links below for a preview or to prepare for your delivery.

There is quite a bit of information contained in this manual that it CRITICAL to be understood. These structures are more complex to assemble than your typical Swedish Furniture.

The pages are in the order they should be read.
#1-2 are very important notes about installation and the rest of the manual.
1. START HERE
2. Warranty, Codes & Site Requirements
3. Anchoring-Base Brackets
3. Anchoring-Anchor Posts
4. ridge & hoops
5. Purlins & Windbraces
6. -optional- Cross Ties
7. Covering-Plastic Roof
7. Covering-Tarp Roof
8. -optional- Roll up Side Walls
9. Wirelock & Side Wall Cover Fasteners
10. -optional- Inflator Fan
11. Ends
12. -optional- Door Options

click here to download a step by step breakdown of the process in PDF format and click here to see a photo explanation of the process. You can also view the additional articles, links or videos on our how to page. Please note, not all pages or options apply to everyone. TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MANUAL ABOVE, NOT AS A STAND ALONE RESOURCE.

Please see our more detailed installation page for more information

Infrared Plastic Coating

One other variation on greenhouse plastic is that with an IR (infra-red) coating. The cell structure that this plastic is made from is significantly different from the regular plastic. This gives the plastic a much softer texture and feel and contributes to it not being as strong as regular plastic. This is why we suggest that it only be used as the inside layer of a double plastic installation. The slight restriction for people with shorter greenhouses is that the IR plastic only comes in 100′ and 150′ rolls. You would either have a friend who can buy/use the extra or be prepared to “waste” some. There are also not quite as many choices for available widths as with regular plastic.

The IR plastic can reduce your heat loss by up to 20% over a regular double poly installation. Even though this plastic has a hazy look to it, the light transmission properties are actually a couple percentage points better. This plastic comes standard with an anti-condensate coating which means there will be less dripping in the greenhouse. All of these features make IR plastic an attractive alternative for many people in spite of the fact that the cost is roughly  20% more then regular plastic. This plastic does not have an inside or outside.
Please call Norm to specifically inquire about more information regarding these special coatings.

you can see more information on our covering options page

Greenhouses 101 Review

Norm spoke at the Guelph Organic Conference last year on January 31, 2015 on Greenhouses 101: Knowing the basics before you buy-Choices and Consquences
You can find the articles and information posted, as well as a video of his presentation and the Q&A below. Norm will be speaking on Greenhouses 202 on January 30-31, 2016. Mark the date!

Greenhouses 101: What are you trying to accomplish? What are you dealing with?Greenhouses 101: Climate and Air Effects on your Structure
Greenhosues: 101: Covering Options
Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Shapes & Configurations
Greenhouses 101: Orientation and Location
Greenhouses 101: Knowing the basics before you buy
Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Choices

FEATURED: Organic Greenhouses

Large Greenhouses Application Page 16′-30′ wide
Mini Greenhouses Application Page 10′-16′ wide
Greenhouses 101 Articles & Video

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There are many benefits to having a greenhouse structure for organic growing and housing. They are a season extender for protecting crops from the elements, blight, and fungus since Organic growers and farmers do not use pesticides. The structures are easy to move to allow the expansion of the growing area. Our structures are also used for organic livestock raising to ensure the animals have a healthy, safe and protected environment out of the elements. They are versatile structures, and only require the changing of clear to white plastic for the various uses.