Important Winter Care Articles

We have published a few articles regarding winter care and maintenance, and suggest anyone who has purchased a structure from us to review them to make sure your shelter is safe over this winter. As always, we are available for anything you are wondering or concerned about. We would be happy to help.

Winter Care & Maintenance
Winter Storm and Your Structures
Putting up Structures After Snowfall
Weather Cautions
Cold Weather Poly Install
Temporary Fix for a Loose Cover
Retightening a Loose Cover
Installing Before Winter

Winter Storm and Your Structures

Winter Storm & Your Structures

Many areas have been hit with freezing rain today and even though it has generally not been enough to warrant concern for the structures, it is a good time to recap some common things when dealing with ice on buildings.

It is important to note that the ice in itself is not an issue, even a very thick layer actually has enough strength to become self supporting. There are two potential problems though:

  • If the ice stays on the building, it usually has a rough enough texture that subsequent snow will not likely slide off. This scenario lead to major problems in previous winters when we had freezing rain, followed by a dump of snow and then we had rain. This can triple the weight on a building in very short order.
  • The other potential problem happens when you are attempting to remove the ice from the building. If the ice layer is not too significant you can gently bump the cover from the inside. ALWAYS start bumping the cover from the top. This way ice will slide over ice. Starting from the bottom creates a potential where the ice sliding down will fall back against the building and slash the cover. NEVER do all of one side and then the other. Work both sides simultaneously.

If there is the slightest doubt in your mind about the amount of weight on the building, bump the cover from the outside using something with a long handle.

If in doubt please don’t hesitate to ask.

The benefits of going to a bigger structure

What are some of the benefits of going with a bigger structure over a smaller structure?

Budget often dictates that someone needs to start small, especially when a person is just starting out as a grower with a greenhouse.
There is also the perceived notion that staying smaller means less heating cost. In itself, that is true, since heat loss is in direct proportion to surface area exposed to the outside.

As I have mentioned before, it is very important to weigh expense
against return.

A smaller air volume has less natural circulation.
Proper air circulation for plants is critical regardless of the season.
Think of a deep pond versus a shallow pond. The deep pond never has algae on the surface because of the increased movement.

Going with a taller greenhouse will automatically increase the circulation the same way.

Another point to consider with a taller greenhouse, is that there is more open space above the plants.

This open space is where moisture can go, away from the plants even before the greenhouse ventilation system does its job.

With a lower greenhouse, moisture is always in close proximity to the plants. In a taller structure, the plants will be dry much sooner.

Moist plants in a stagnant air mass are prone to disease. These plants will, as a result, produce less.

As always, be aware of the bigger picture.

Guelph Organic Conference: Early Bird Deadline to save ends TODAY!

Good morning and Happy New Year!!
We wanted to pass this special  discount offer on to everyone since
Norm will be doing an extended 3 hour workshop on the Friday January 25th
and we didn’t want you to miss the opportunity to save!

Have no fear though, if you see this after the deadline, you can still register, as you don’t want to miss his special extended workshop.

We will also be at the free trade show on Saturday and Sunday so feel free to stop by and say hi and ask Norm any questions you may have.

Norm has presented the last few years on

This year he will delve even deeper… here’s a sneak peek at what his presentation will be about:

Title : Boosting organic greenhouse production like a pro
Theme : Harvest the untapped potential in your greenhouse structure  –  are the unknowns and unexpecteds reducing your yields?

The 5 areas to be covered in the presentation:

  1. Moving greenhouses to keep your soil fresh and your structure secure
  2. Proper trellising to keep the load balanced, room to work and room to grow
  3. Air flow and plant health, the need to keep the air moving, the difference between a draft and a breeze
  4. Heating to boost yields and save you money
  5. Moisture control, keeping the cover dry and the soil moist

Norm, a perennial presenter, brings 40+ years of experience to help you fine-tune the performance curve of your greenhouse structure. Bring your questions!

Book early to save your spot and save on the registration cost. We look forward to seeing you out!!

Link to
                                                          Guelph Organic
                                                          Conference
                                                          website

Register immediately
to save!

Early Bird Rates only available until this
Thursday, January 10th midnight.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Just a reminder we are now closed for the holidays and will reopen Jan 3rd. Have a happy and safe season and we look forward to helping you with your project in 2019!

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So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse…Your Guide For Planning a Greenhouse Purchase

Norm published a book that we wanted to let you know about. It is the perfect size to fit in a stocking and read on those cold winter nights while dreaming of your new greenhouse!
 “So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse: Your Guide to Planning a Greenhouse Purchase”

​It’s available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page

We appreciate your support!

We are quite excited and know it will be a valuable resource for many. You can email or call the office and we will ship you out a copy if you don’t want to purchase online.

Based largely on Norm’s Greenhouses 101 speech from the Guelph Organic Conference, with many extra tidbits and stories from Norm’s experience along the way over the last 45 years, it’s certainly a useful resource for anyone considering, or maintaining their structure of any application. Please contact us if you have any questions. We hope you’ll enjoy the book and would love to hear what you think!

“I should have known that I would get into this business when I was younger because the highlight of my birthday was always getting new pieces to my Mechano set. Now, I often describe these structures as big Mechano sets. It feels very fitting.”

Are you considering purchasing a greenhouse to start your own operation?
Are you unsure of all your options and what you should know?
Do you want to know what you’re getting into?

Using Norm Eygenraam’s 45 years experience in the industry, we have created this book for you to help! Through illustrations, tips, stories, photos and more, we help you understand all you need to consider. We do use Multi Shelter Solutions examples throughout, as that is what we have easiest access to, but this is by no means a sales book.

This guide is meant to inform you of your choices and show you key considerations in your planning journey. We have tried to make this book as informative as possible, no matter which direction you choose to go.

Enjoy, and happy planning!

Available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page
We appreciate your support!

Structures on Blocks or Shipping Containers

Storage containers and over sized concrete blocks are the economical solution for needing to elevate structures to create more storage capacity.

One consideration is when the product being stored does not lend itself to stacking, such as salt, sand or soil, there is the added dimension of outward push on the wall. Not only does the pile push outwardly, but an operator scooping the product will create even greater push.

Storage containers and over sized concrete blocks are the economical solution for such a situation. The weight and the stability which both the containers and blocks give, eliminates the need to anchor into the ground.

Containers are often simply put on the ground.

When going more then two layers with the blocks, there should be a concrete pad or special preparation of the soil to provide stability.

When choosing this foundation method, it is important to consider how and where the shelter will shed water and snow.

The top of the wall or container must be sealed to the possibility of moisture going inside.

The other thing that must be given proper consideration is that the shelter is able to deal with the extra wind load created by elevating the shelter this much.

In most of these installations, the wind load on a building is at least double of what it would be if mounted on the ground.

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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.

Goat and Livestock Shelters

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Animals thrive in a greenhouse type environment benefiting from

  • being dry
  • being out of the wind and in the light, without being in the direct sun
  • The cushion of air created by the inflator fan will reduce the condensation
  • Roll up sides are added for easy natural ventilation. Usually customers attach a snow fence or netting to the inside of the arch so the animals do not come in contact with the cover or run away when the sides are rolled up. A short wall is also an option.
  • A white tarp covering may be used in situations where the animals are going in and out on their own accord when they require shelter.

Read more on our livestock page for more information

Featured Product: Salt Storage

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It’s prime time to get your salt storage structures from Multi Shelter Solutions to be delivered before the weather takes a turn!

We offer many sizes to choose from, and can custom manufacture for your unique situation as well.

They can be mounted on blocks, shipping containers or direct to a ground beam or with anchor posts.Check out the pages below for extra pricing and information regarding these structures, and call us for your custom quote! We look forward to helping you find your shelter solution

Salt and Sand Storage
Large Storage