Rain leaks in my greenhouse

It’s raining in my greenhouse, HELP!

This time of year in the PNW can be rather daunting when it comes to greenhouse growing. I just spoke with a customer who called with the phrase above.  As we all know, once the sunny days of September pass, we start to experience a bit of rain. Well, maybe a bit more than a bit! As a result, we need to take steps to remedy the problems of excess moisture in the greenhouse. The best and easiest way to correct the atmosphere within the greenhouse is to bring in a dehumidifier. You can purchase one from any one of the big box stores and plug it in and within a couple of days, your greenhouse will dry up and it will stop raining. When looking at a dehumidifier, make sure it has a connection for a hose so you can connect and let it drain through the hose or you will be emptying it daily. Take an old hose and cut it so that it isn’t too long and connect to the the unit. You can drill a hole in the side of the greenhouse and push the hose through so it flows outside, or just let the hose rest on the lip of the lower vent in the back wall and let it drip out. Now, you will just need to monitor the moisture level to insure that your plants don’t dry out too much. Once you have the moisture level fixed, you can get back to growing your fall/winter crops. Oh, and don’t forget, maybe disconnect the roof vent or you will be drying out your neighbor’s property as well as the vent may open during the day, that is, if the sun makes an appearance!

Let’s grow!

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