Tuesday, December 10, 2013
So the concrete appears to have gone in quite well. They got it in fast while the greenhouse was still relatively warm due to the aforementioned sunshine. Cure time is still a concern, as the sun went down a little after 5pm and the temperature dropped quickly afterwards... but it's all in and it looks pretty level.
I was worried about getting the truck around the back and side of the old white barn to where it could position the chute into the greenhouse door, but both the driver and Chris (my awesome neighbor who does concrete for a living) were total pros and it went off without a hitch. Big thanks to them for making this happen, and for doing it in the dead of winter.
With temperatures being where they are, it'll be a few days before it's good to walk on, and a few weeks before we can put any serious weight on there. That's fine, I'm just glad it's finally in!
So we've got concrete scheduled to come and get poured in the greenhouse this afternoon (yes, in the middle of December in Ohio).
After several failed attempts previously due to scheduling and weather, this is kind of our last shot... as one of the two local concrete companies has already shut down for the season. I guess nobody likes pouring concrete when it's 20 degrees outside?
We need to get the concrete poured, as we can't get the barrels set up and filled in there without a solid and stable slab to put them on. No barrels, no water. No water, no heat retention... which also means no using the greenhouse until likely next fall... not a very happy proposition around here.
Fortunately, the sun decided to come out today, after a long stretch of dreary cloudiness. I cleaned the snow off the poly panels first thing this morning, and it should be heating up pretty good in there now.
I'm hoping it can catch and hold enough heat to give the concrete a chance to set up properly. Fingers crossed...