Having a greenhouse means that you can plant and harvest all year round, but you still need to keep the season’s changes in mind. Even though your plants and crops will be protected and nourished with the help of the greenhouse, it is still important that you know how to prepare the greenhouse itself for the cooler weather. Some of the things that you should be doing this time of year include rudimentary sprucing and cleaning, but it is especially essential to complete some of these tasks before the big weather changes begin to take hold and affect your greenhouse, as well as the plants inside it.
If you intend to continue growing during the colder months, make sure that you have everything you need in order to do so. You may think that having a greenhouse allows you to bypass Mother Nature, but that isn’t necessarily the case. You will need to determine how to grow certain things during the months that you are looking to grow them. You may find that some plants cannot thrive and you might need to save them for another time.
It helps to look at what you grow and what is in demand during that time of year, especially if you run a business. If you make flower arrangements, you might want to sow flowers that boast beautiful autumn or wintery colors. If you aren’t sure which colors are in this season, aside from the basics, check out the Pantone seasonal guides available online or look at other trending items. If you are looking to sell crops, look at what vegetables or fruits thrive during this time and are popular in certain seasonal dishes.
Spring Cleaning Isn’t Just for Spring
The main reason why spring cleaning is a thing is because there is a lot to clean away from the dead of winter. When it comes to household cleaning, you may find a lot of dust and buildup simply from the lack of ventilation during the winter months. When it comes to gardening, you may need to get rid of dead plants and other things that did not manage to outlast the cold. While these practices are important to complete before summertime, spring is not the only time you should be cleaning. Ideally, you should consider sprucing up your greenhouse before every season.
Make sure you clear away any and all dead plants. This way, your plants stay healthy and you can also open up some room for things that you may want to grow during the autumn and winter months, too. For instance, if you are a florist, you will want to get in some blossoms that boast colors more seasonally appropriate than the bright ones associated with warm weather, but this advice goes for greenhouses with other products as well.
Pick up any fallen leaves, stems and other materials and compost anything that isn’t diseased so you can use it again later. Trim anything that needs sprucing and make sure that your remaining plants are in good shape.
Aside from the plants, your greenhouse can probably use a good cleanup, too. Wash your glazing and frames as much as you can with a liquid detergent diluted with water. You will want to let in as much sunlight as possible during the winter so you will want to wash your greenhouse thoroughly. Pay attention while you’re cleaning, too, and look out for any broken or damaged glass. If you find any such spots, they should be repaired as soon as possible.
Additionally, if any of your plants are pest ridden, clean them out now and make sure that they are pest free or completely removed as soon as possible. This should be completed before you bring any new plants into the greenhouse.
Update and Insulate
If you noticed any parts of the greenhouse construction that could use some TLC during your cleaning, now is the time to replace parts or repair them if possible. It will be much more difficult to perform these simple fixes once the weather gets colder, much less if there is a snow storm where your plants can suffer greatly due to minor mishaps.
You should also be looking to insulate your greenhouse in order to facilitate the perfect environment inside regardless of the weather outside. Make sure that your greenhouse’s caulking is in good shape and do some simple touch-ups where needed – but don’t caulk up your vents! You can use sticky-back foam tape to keep the doors and vents free of drafts when closed. Speaking of ventilation and drafts, you will want to keep a close eye on the overall ventilation in your greenhouse throughout the entire autumn and winter. You will also need to drain your water pipes to prevent them from freezing and make sure that any heating systems you have in place are in working order.