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Monday, September 5, 2016

Tasks: The Greenhouse In September

Many greenhouse growers use their greenhouses for a short period during the warmer months of the year, but there are a small percentage of us that grow year round!
This month by month outline will share what tasks may need to be done year round.
Keeping in mind that I garden in Alberta Canada, (zone 2) the outdoor growing season is from mid to the end of May until the hard frosts take my gardens in mid to late September or early October. If your climate is a bit milder than mine, you can adjust your greenhouse schedule to suit your climate.
This schedule is made for a plan to plant outdoors in Mid to late May.
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September is the month when we begin to see the change from summer over to autumn. The days are slowly getting shorter and the nights are cooler. Most of our plants are still actively growing this month, but the cheerful blooms that made up our colorful displays are beginning to decline as the days go on.
We run the risk of frost in the overnight this month and we need to start to move some of our more tender plants into the the greenhouse from the garden to ready them for the winter. Even with the warms days still upon us, September is a good month for us to prepare for the cooer winter months ahead.
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In September I do the following tasks in my greenhouse:
*Check the heating system to ensure that it is in good working order and does not require any repairs. We may need to use it this month if the night time temperatures dip below the freezing point.
* This is a very good month to clean and disinfect the greenhouse in order to prepare for the moving in of the tender plants that we want to over winter indoors.
* Keep a watchful eye on the temperatures inside and outside this month. During the day, we will want to keep our vents open to avoid overheating the greenhouse plants. At night, or during those inevitable cold snaps, all vents will need to be closed to retain some of the sun’s warmth.
* Just as the need for ventilation begins to taper off this month, so does the chore of damping down. Only spray the floors and the staging down if necessary on the warm days, but make sure that you get this task done before mid day, to ensure moisture and fungal issues do not arise.
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* This month you will want to remove much of the shading that was installed earlier in the spring months, as maximum light illumination is of the utmost importance. Keep some shade, however, for those shade loving plants such as ferns that will reside inside the greenhouse.
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* If necessary fumigate the greenhouse with a fungicidal smoke this month…
* Get ready to move those tender plants into the greenhouse from the gardens! Plants that are not frost hardy can be irreparably damaged by one sharp frost. Make sure they are free from pests before taking them inside though!
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* If you are feeding your gardens and container plants, it is a good idea to begin to slow this practice down as many of our plants are beginning to go dormant for the winter this month. Feeding them would be a waste of time.
* Check your stock of supplies such as pots, soil, plant food, bulbs etc. and replenish what is low.
* Don’t forget to update your garden journals!!! Continue to take lots of photos to remind yourself of the things you do and do not like for future reference!
* maintain those clean conditions in the greenhouse…this will help prevent problems!!
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* Enjoy the last days of the summer in your gardens and greenhouse while we wait for fall!
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I will see you again in October with more greenhouse tasks!
What tasks do you do for the month of September in your greenhouse?
Until next time….Happy gardening!
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9 comments:

La Petite Gallery said...

OH TOOTSIE! I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A GREENHOUSE. TODAY i COULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO ALL THAT WORK.

I DO BRING IN SOME PLANTS, LIKE MY IVY. YOUR PATIO IS BEAUTIFUL. HUG THE BOYS FOR ME.
YVONNE

Clint Baker said...

Your greenhouse has come along so wonderfully!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Can I just come sit in your greenhouse? It looks so inviting.

kate maryon said...

Hi Glenda
Im loving that the tour is behind me and I can finally quit deadheading and let things just finish off the year. That being said I will most likely have blooms way out into October like last year. I have quit fertilizing though and I will slowly start cutting back some of the perennials that have finished blooming just to make it a more manageable chore!. I do have an ambition of building a greenhouse over the winter months though.

NellJean said...

Things look good inside and out at your place. Fall is not far off there, we're a couple months behind you. I see subtle signs of fall but nothing indicating any cool weather here YET.

I have to pick cool rainy days or nighttime to do anything inside the GH. A sassafras tree has come up inside, suckered from outside. Purple Alternanthera has taken the south side, clambering up the walls. I want to be able to invite people in to sit by next month or November when it is cooler.

I want the outside to look like those greenhouses in the Swedish blogs, lol. Working on that, too.

Terra said...

Your gardens and patio and greenhouse are bursting with artistically done colors. What a sanctuary to sit in and enjoy.

lynn'sgarden said...

You would win the "Greenest Thumb" award...every year, Tootsie!

And such beautiful color combos!

carolann said...

oh you to me have the green thumb for sure.

Dreamy.

We are over our pretty leaves I am afraid.

In my last of my blogs if you look.

Once you enter Imagination.

You can see Fall in Canada.

I so enjoyed your blog.

La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Glenda, Sorry, but this summer and yard work was nuts,
Fall is here, next week and I can let up on the yard.
Then a party, Family and holiday dinners and quests.
At last I can lock up and oil paint. sending warm wishes
and hoping you have an easy winter. yvonne