Gardens are your gateway to the perfect outside for you. And for those lucky people who have the room for a greenhouse in their garden, planting and growing couldn’t be easier. Your produce has a longer growing time and is protected from a lot of the elements. It’s especially useful in the later year as getting out into the garden over the winter can be tricky. By having some plants growing in a greenhouse, you already have a step in the right direction. But winter can affect the conditions inside your plant mini haven as well. So what can you do to care for your greenhouse during the cold season?
The Necessary Preparation
First of all, you’ll need to clean it up and make sure it’s ready for next spring’s planting. That’s one of the primary bonuses about being able to have a green house. It’ll also mean there’s less to take care of when winter is in full swing.
Some plants that work well in cool weathers will need to be put in the greenhouse, as they’ll usually be the only ones that can survive in case of emergency. These include common foods like broccoli, potatoes, and cabbage. Plants all live differently under extreme temperatures, so if you want your crop to succeed, only plant those you know well.
Maintaining The Correct Temperature
Also, try to make sure you have a constant correct temperature, and you can quickly read the temperature with style with the right kind of thermometer. These work both indoors and outdoors, so they’re perfect for all sorts of uses as well.
In summer, you close your greenhouse when it gets dark to keep the warmth in as having it open during the day is fine. In winter, it’s going to need to be closed most of the time, unless it’s in direct sunlight. If you need some extra heat, you can use germination mats to maintain the 75 degrees recommended temperature throughout the day.
Make sure any guttering your have around or on your greenhouse doesn’t get blocked with leaves or freeze over, as this is extremely detrimental to both you and your plants’ health. A lot of stress can be lost over trying to fix up exterior walls, so take the necessary precaution steps now.
Keeping The Right Amount Of Light In Your Environment
Keeping your window panes clean during this time is essential, as you’ll need all the light you can get in such a gloomy outside. On the inside, use lights liberally as the shorter days and longer nights will have an effect on the life of your plants.
So now you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect greenhouse environment in the winter. It doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems, just remain extra vigilant in your garden care and wrap up warm if you have to spend time outside. If the greenhouse feels too cold to you, then it is too cold, so trust your instincts.