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Why you need to windproof your greenhouse

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Panels blown out in Storm Desmond, january 2016
Panels blown out in Storm Desmond, January 2016. I've since retrofitted glazing bars after 3 bouts of wind damage

Climate change and the strength of storms

Storm Eleanor hit a swathe of the country earlier this week and I feared the worst for my greenhouse.

Miraculously, it’s the first time since a named (or otherwise) storm has hit that no damage has been caused – thanks to glazing secured by more wind-resistant bars.

Whether you believe in global warming or not, Atlantic low-pressure systems seem to be piling in stronger and faster.

Since I had my greenhouse built in May 2015, panels have been smashed by storms every winter and as it’s horticultural glass, I’ve spent more than the original £500 total cost of the structure in new panes (at about £100 a shot).

Retrofitted glazing bars on my greenhouse - the black strips hold in the full length of the glass
Retrofitted glazing bars on my greenhouse – the black strips hold in the full length of the glass. I did paint the annoying bit of wood black

Garden’s a wind whirlpool

I don’t blame the manufacturers at Vitavia one bit – it appears my garden is a bit of a wind whirlpool and the industry standard glazing clips just aren’t strong enough.

One of the very helpful people at Vitavia suggested I retrofit the greenhouse with glazing bar capping, which I wish I’d bought initially.

It cost about £70 (the greenhouse is only an 8ft x 4ft lean-to) but I would have ended up quids in, without soil full of bits of glass and the pain of having to fit new panes.

Pay your money and take your choice – I know what I wish I’d done at the outset!

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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