I well I did it. I pulled down my precious polycarbonate greenhouse. Having said that – it wasn’t so precious lately. If it wasn’t for the duct tape and the emergency repair bolts then I think I would have had it down in an hour! I’m sure that was all that was holding it together!
It was a good feeling pulling it down and the longer I spent on it the more I knew I was doing the right thing. The polycarbonate had turned quite yellow in the sun and was really fragile. Some panels had an entire layer that had perished away. Others were so soft they were more like those pink wafers you have in your ice cream. One panel was so far gone I could blow holes in it.
It was also quite the bug hotel. There were all manner of insect, slug, snail, spider, ant and beetle hanging out in there. The grooves in the panels made a perfect home for lots of things – some beneficial and some not so nice. But they shouldn’t live in the interior of the panels – blocking the light and making it all dirty. There was an entire ant colony living up in the roof ridge and when I loosened the bolts they all scurried about carrying eggs to goodness knows where, but it didn’t take long for them all to disappear.
The most concerning however were the slugs and snails in there. Not the kind of thing you want to provide convenient hiding places for! The snails were curled up in the channels and the slugs were in the panels. I shudder at the thought of an entire season of seedlings being lost overnight had I put this greenhouse into service one more time! Having said that I don’t think it would have stood up for one more season…. And the anxiety of worrying about it collapsing at the slightest puff of wind…. Oh my goodness. It doesn’t bear thinking about! Hooray for new strong greenhouses!
Come again soon – I have to clear the site and get it ready – I want to have plants in it by the end of the week.
Sarah the Gardener : o )