Wednesday, 27 April 2022

My "Expensive" Greenhouse

    One side of my family made their living with commercial greenhouses.  Eventually economics caused them all to close and fall into disuse.  One time when I was visiting back in Indiana, I was able to get several crates of 16” X 24” greenhouse glass that had come from the deteriorating greenhouses.  I drove them back with me when we returned to BC, and used them to build my greenhouse.  

    I also had some big old picture-window glass and I designed the greenhouse so that I could utilize  both.  The greenhouse I built turned out really well.

    In 2018, I was falling a tree close to the greenhouse and it fell right across the greenhouse,  breaking 23 panes of glass.  Fortunately I had just enough extra greenhouse glass to replace all of those broken ones, but that wiped out of my extra glass supply.

    Over the winter, I had 4 panes of glass broken.  I am not sure why they broke, maybe the wind blew them off or blew something onto them, causing them to break.  You might be alb e to see the holes in the roof.  Anyway, It left some holes in my greenhouse and I didn’t have any glass left over to fix it.  I called up to a glass store in Prince George to buy some replacement glass and was shocked.

    I ordered 5 panes and it will cost me $100.  Yikes.

    I hadn’t realized what an expensive greenhouse I had.  If glass costs $20/pane, then the accident I had with the tree would have cost me $460, and if I had to replace all of the glass it would cost me around $2,000.  I was shocked after getting all of the original glass for free, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing more happens to my greenhouse.  

    I didn’t realize what a prize I had in getting all of that 100 year old glass from my family’s greenhouses.  My uncle finally had to hire a machine to tear down his greenhouse because he couldn’t find any one to dismantle it for the glass and pipe.  I am sure glad I got some of the glass before those greenhouses were destroyed.

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