November 12, 2014
Pit gardening has been joyous seeing our plants grow, but has had some challenges. One of them has been excessive moisture in the pit. Check out this video I made at the tail end of construction:
It was worse in the beginning I think due to our closing in the pit with snow on the ground!, but we’re constantly dealing with moisture on the ceiling panels. So far I’ve just been standing on a ladder and wiping them down every few days with old bath towels. This keeps up with it, and prevents the rain you see in the video (we’ve heard this is bad for the plants as it can cause mold?), but is time consuming.
Any ideas as to what we can do besides install a dehumidifier? I’ve thought of spraying the bottom of the panels with a hydrophobic film, but am concerned about it affecting the transparency of the polycarbonate. Also where that moisture is going to go!
Maybe this will diminish further, but the temperature swings and differential between the inside and outside surfaces of the polycarbonate implies otherwise….
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