Greenhouse Film & Shade Installations.
At first try, this is an intimidating job. There is something about unrolling 100′ of 6Mil greenhouse film that fires up the Earth’s wind machines. Shade cloth can be awkwardly heavy. How to get this mess up & stretched tight?
Shade & Film
The topic of covering a greenhouse, what materials to use, pro’s & con’s of this vs. that, shade percentages, reflective or not, and upcoming technologies will not be discussed here today. No, today I just wanted to share a quick tip on what has made things easier here at Victory Gardens.
But first, a ridiculous story about softball
I am overly romantic about Baseball. My only regret in life is being horribly unathletic as a kid & never playing an inning of organized ball in my life. But man, how I love the game. I’m not going to go into detail on why I cry watching Field of Dreams, the fact I grew up a Cubs fan & distinctly remember the Padres taking the ’84 NLCS from us, or the fact that my daughter is the best ballhawk I know.
No, this is a story of me being patriotically inflexible and bull headed.
My daughter started playing softball early (making up for my childhood) (you were thinking it), and I wanted to start her off with some ©Wiffle Balls. The quintessential starter bat & ball set. American made with a Hall of Fame legacy. See, I can get emotional. But, there was no Wiffle Balls to be found in my town, anywhere. I had a hard time in Dallas finding these Americal staples of the perfect childhood.
So I did what any reasonable Dad would do. I called Wiffle up, and David Mullany answered the phone. Being the nerd I am, I knew David was the grandson of the Wiffle Ball’s inventor. Next thing you know I had 22 pallets (yes, pallets) of Wiffle Ball products headed to Texas on a freight truck from Shelton, Connecticut. Not my most decisive business decision, but I’ll be damned if I was going to use some cheap plastic from another country. Needless to say, I’ve been selling Wiffle ball & bat sets around Christmas the last 6 years.
What does this have to do with shade cloth?!?!
Getting on with the one handy bit of information I wanted to share.
When pulling a piece of film or shade cloth over, you need a good bite that won’t tear. If you grab a handful & tie off, a lot of times the rope will slip.
By coming in 3 foot or so from a corner, then wrapping a baseball size Wiffle ball up you can safely pull the shade or plastic over without tearing, slipping, or having to cuss too much.
Note on the longer runs are pulled from the middle then the ends.
You’ll notice the film is being helped over the ribs in the previous picture. This is how we effortlessly reached up pushed the film without damage. The PVC is a 1″ cap artfully duck taped to the paint pole. The coffee helps as well.
Shade & Film time lapse video
If you want to see the whole process, check this quick video out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8TLclGmPg
If you need some Wiffle Balls, click here.
In the book Wiffle© Ball, The Ultimate Guide, you can read the short story of how this classic came to be.