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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tasks: The Greenhouse in March

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.

With the spring season almost right on top of us this month, we must be aware of the warmer temperatures and big fluctuations in temps outside with the weather.

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My Greenhouse in March is LOADED to capacity with trays of sown seed, seedlings and some established plants. It is a very exciting time.

 *sow most of the seeds that will be the spring crop of annuals this month if they are not already sown.

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* make sure all the air vents are working correctly, fan systems are operating properly and the thermostat is accurate. Proper ventilation will be important on warmer sunny days.
 
*continue to keep the heating system in working mode. March can be tricky as there is still the cold night temps…as well as warmer daytime highs.
 
*the seedlings have more than likely popped up in number…so watering systems must be operational…or in my case…the water containers must remain at full.

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* it is about the time of year we begin to use fertilizer to feed established plants in the greenhouse, as well as on the seedlings. (be sure not to water seedlings with fertilizer until they have their second set of true leaves, and to ensure that the solution is not too strong- we wouldn’t want to burn our babies!)

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* more sunny days mean more need for some sort of shade. For me this means hanging some fabric that will filter the sunlight. This will help ensure that the seedlings do not get burnt.

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*inspecting the greenhouse plants for pests such as aphids, spider mites and others…is a must this month. If you find some treat immediately.

*watch for damping off disease in your seedlings…

*thin out some of the young plants that are sprouting up in your plant trays. Too many will cause issues and disease and threaten your entire crop.

*start any seeds that are left to be sown. There isn’t much time left before the spring plant!

*make sure you write the date that you sow seeds on the package that they came in for future reference and store empty seed packets in a waterproof container.

*continue to keep the greenhouse tidy and organized. It is filling up quickly now and regular cleaning is necessary.

*update your garden Journal regularly

* make sure that you have someone on standby to water your greenhouse if you are away from home.

*because heavy wet snow can fall in the month of March, make sure you or someone else is always ready to pull down snow that my fall and accumulate on the roof...we would not want to see your greenhouse fall down!

*you might consider starting some of your spring bulbs in the greenhouse this month to be transplanted into the garden in the months to come!

I will see you again in April with more greenhouse tasks!

What tasks did you do for the month of March in your greenhouse?

Until next time….Happy gardening!

 *)*)*)  Alway's appreciate what you have,never take them for granted and take advantage of them,one day it will be too late.

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19 comments:

sabri said...

Was hoping to see you around today..been thinking of you..stop by my blog if you have time...it really has been horrible weather here...off to store xoxoxo

Diane said...

Glenda, it's so lovely that you can garden during the winter months. So interesting to read about this greenhouse!

Diane

Diane said...

Not sure if this is a double comment, sorry. It's great to see you have a greenhouse. How much fun?!

Diane

The Japanese Redneck said...

You'll be overflowing in plants soon.

FlowerLady said...

It is so wonderful that you can have a greenhouse full of goodies awaiting the time to be planted out.

What do you use for a seed starting mix?

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Angela said...

What an incredible garden and your nursery is very impessive!

NellJean said...

Thank you for the tip on writing the date planted on the seed packet. I date the seedling container, never thought about how helpful it will be to know when seeds left over were last planted.

My tip for you is camomile tea in a spray bottle for misting tiny seedlings to prevent damping off.

Just as I was getting tidy and organized and starting to move tropicals and things out, we have a cool spell. Our usual last frost date is mid-March, but we've had a killing frost as late as April 15.

Green Bean said...

Most helpful list EVER! I got a greenhouse this Christmas and this is my first spring growing in the greenhouse. I've pinned and shared on FB. Thank you!

Becca's Dirt said...

Great tips Tootsie.

lawn maintenance Phoenix said...

A greenhouse is indeed a helpful place to make sure that the plants are in good condition. It is a conducive area to house the plants, allowing survival during harsh weather conditions especially. Your greenhouse looks great by the way!

La Petite Gallery said...

Toootsie,
I have always wanted to have a greenhouse. I quess they are pretty expensive. I like watching things sprout up. The weather in Maine has been crazy goes from
33 degrees to 60. Tomorrow snow..

yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Toootsie,
I have always wanted to have a greenhouse. I quess they are pretty expensive. I like watching things sprout up. The weather in Maine has been crazy goes from
33 degrees to 60. Tomorrow snow..

yvonne

Tootsie said...

I use the Sun Gro seedling mix...there is a link on my sidebar to their site...I LOVE their products!

Kukkaiselämää - My flowering life said...

Wow, you have a great greenhouse where to grow seeds and plants. You do have snow as well. We have a lot of snow here in Finland and it's cold.

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your greenhouse looks wonderful for March. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my mew Tablescape. I hope you have a lovely week with your family.
XXOO Diane

The Gardening Shoe said...

That is one full greenhouse! I haven't got a greenhouse at the moment and apart from missing all the bounty we can see in yours, I also miss the smell of a greenhouse. By the way, you also have the most organised greenhouse I have seen in a long time!

Tootsie said...

it does smell glorious in there....and yes...I am a little OCD about my little house...I love it in there...I could invent reasons to be in there if I had to....being organized is part of who I am...I am a clean freak....hahaha....but I love to play in the dirt. besides...the better organized it is, the more room I have for plants...and there is NEVER enough plants!
does that make any sense? lol
thanks for the visit today!

siteseer said...

Maybe that's why I love to come here.... to get inspired by your organizational skills lol. It's your passion shining through ;)

africanaussie said...

i havent stopped by your blog for a while - and i see you are as ususal a busy bee! I am always so inspired by the bounty you manage to grow in your climate.