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).
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!