Greenhouse Shadecloth

Bonita Ion via pbs
Sun, 10 Jan 2021 06:37:25 PST
Perhaps I haven't seen all the responses about greenhouse shading so
me if I am repeating something someone else has mentioned.

When we first built our recycled patio door greenhouse (12x15) in Michigan,
it had
a lovely view out the double-paned glass windows and I couldn't imagine
covering the
view or painting it away.  So we had a winter without protection.  That
cost several
hundred dollars for heating since we keep the temp around 50 degrees (lots
tropicals inside).

Looking for protection and insulation, I read about bubble wrap and decided
to try it.
Using large bubble bubble wrap, I made panels of BW to fit the glass for
each of the
25 patio doors using wide clear packing tape and then sprayed water on the
and placed the panel on the glass, pressing it into the window to adhere.

That was four years ago now.  The bubble wrap panels have, for the most
part, stayed
in place winter and summer (including the angled roof).  If a panel comes
loose, I
either rewet the glass and push it back on or I could make another panel
and replace it.

It has out performed my expectations.  BW did help stabilize our heating
bills (electric) and
while I miss the view out to the garden, I love the diffused light and
cosiness of the
inside.  BW is cheap and light and easy to work with.

I am really enjoying this set of discussions.  We built our greenhouse in
2013 out of recycled
double glass steel-clad patio doors (wood inside) and have loved it.
Unfortunately, the wood
inside is rotting away and we are thinking about a replacement this summer
so reading about
recommendations is very very useful and timely.  Thanks so very much for
all your comments
and suggestions......Bonnie in Ann Arbor, Michigan

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 9:04 PM The Silent Seed via pbs <> wrote:

> I have an AHA moment for you.
> Glue tiny pieces of velcro on the vents - and affix velcro to the cut-outs
> of cloth. EZ on, EZ off.
> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:43 PM Robert Lauf via pbs <
>> wrote:
> > Wrens are a definite pestilence.  They get in through the floor vents
> when
> > the fan is on and then destroy the place before I can run them out.  I
> need
> > to put hardware cloth over the vents but like every other non-critical
> > thing, it keeps getting put off!
> >
> >
> > On Saturday, January 9, 2021, 01:27:54 PM EST, Judy Glattstein via pbs <
> >> wrote:
> >
> > Agreed, Bob. Since the majority of the roof does have shade cloth I
> > don't see the roof vents as a make-or-break issue. What would be nice
> > would be some way to screen them so the wrens stop flying in and trying
> > to nest in summer. They become shut in overnight when the roof vents
> > close, then start flying around at sun up, pooping on whatever they
> > happen to be passing over at the time and pulling down the bubble wrap..
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