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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tasks: The Greenhouse In February

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.
In February, in my greenhouse I do the following tasks:
*receive and sort my seed orders by type of plant, and when they will need to be sowed. (a seed bin is a good idea. I use a plastic one that has a lid that locks closed
*purchase permanent marker to label all plants as soon they are sown- do not trust your memory not to fail you! This is a busy time, and things can get mixed up very easily
*make sure to update the greenhouse journal
*continue to fill containers, pots and seed cells with soil in order to be prepared to sow
*Plant the Geraniums and any other seed that needs extra time to mature before planting outdoors
*maintain water levels in my water cans
*inspect remaining plants that were wintered in the greenhouse again to ensure no pests have hatched or arrived to threaten the tiny seedlings you are about to produce
* ensure that the greenhouse remains clean and organized…cleanliness is next to godliness in the greenhouse!
* maintain no less than 10C in the greenhouse and keep the air circulating to avoid disease or fungus! The temperatures in Alberta are often in the –30C or less range…heating is a necessity!
* prepare for extra heat sources if necessary (February can be a COLD month in Alberta)
* prepare for labels (I cut up cheap mini-blinds for this)
*prepare liners for the trays (they sometimes leak and when watering from below, you do not want to lose your water. I use plastic garbage bags cut to size)
*watch our newly planted seeds start to sprout up!
I will see you again in March with more greenhouse tasks!
Do you have a greenhouse journal of some sort? What tasks did you do for February in your greenhouse?
Until next time….Happy gardening!
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Anonymous said...

I am going to keep a greenhouse journal this year. Thanks for the idea. I am so looking forwards to seeing your new garden come to life.
Take care.
Sue B

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh my goodness Tootsie, you are SO much more organised than me! I have a very haphazard approach to gardening and my greenhouse...I'm going to slink away quietly now and hang my head in shame......:P

tina said...

Such good tips! I did not realize you were located in Zone 2. For some reason I was thinking you were in NE Canada near Maine. You are very organized and wow on the greenhouse shelves! So much room!

Thanks for weighing in on Pinterest. That's awful people would cut off your watermark. How totally crazy! I hope things get better soon with it all.

The Bama Gardener said...

I would LOVE to have a greenhouse. Oh well. I still love reading these posts!

NellJean said...

I keep a text file with plans for the greenhouse for the next season/year.

I make constant notes about things I want to do or change on little scraps of paper that get transposed to the real file every now and then.

Guess what? Haphazard methods will grow some beautiful plants until you can get organized. It's my usual way.

Andrea said...

Wow that's a lot Tootsie, your hands will be very full in the next days to finish transplanting them. I still remember your old hanging blooming plants last year. We will be waiting excitedly for them to bloom again. Happy gardening. How about the kitchen, finished?

Betty819 said...

Thank You for sharing all this information. I find it interesting, especially because all your flowers are so beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do around the 'new house."

Hope all of the family are feeling better now.. Keep smiling!

siteseer said...

I love your timeline for the greenhouse. I tried to keep some mosquito plants and a lime plant over the winter inside my home :( Not so good. We brought in some kind of flea fly and eventually the mosquito plants DIED! We still have the lime plant, but some of the leaves have dropped off. On a happier note, the spider, ivy and philodendron are doing well. Just another month or so and they can go back outside on the porch where they loved it so much ;) wish me luck

Scotkat said...

Wow your greenhouse is well stocked and amazing.

Must cost a fortune to heat Glenda.

I have a fan heater that can go on if neaded and only do this mid March.

When I move cuttings from conservatory into greenhouse.

Goodluck with all your seelings.

bj said...

HI, TOOTSIE...thanks so much for coming by.
Your greenhouse is so amazing...and your knowledge is MORE amazing. I've always wanted a greenhouse....just a small one where I could grow hanging baskets and such.
Your flowers in your header just blow me away....
xo bj

Leslie said...

Your green house is gorgeous! There are many here in the pacific northwest. You are very organized! Great photographs. First time stopping by and I'll look forward to seeing more of your blog!


La Petite Gallery said...

Just looking at your yard makes
me happy. More snow tomorrow.


Susan said...

For a disorganised person like me it is wonderful to have a list to follow. My plants and wallet thank you.

Anne said...

Hi Glenda! Oh I can't wait for spring!!!!

Have a great night!


Rebecca said...

I do not have a green thumb and after seeing all you create I want one more than EVAHHHH! Oh my gosh! I thought your header was photoshopped! GORGEOUS!

Come...rescue me.


Love, Rebecca

Gail Wilson said...

I really don't garden a lick but I sure do love flowers! How fun to have a greenhouse!

Rue said...

Hey there, Tootsie!

I wrote you back on that post, but I just wanted to tell you here that it was so great to hear from you!!

I hope you're doing well :)


La Petite Gallery said...

Glenda, looks like Maine has more snow than you. More's a coming tonight. I don't ever want a winter like this again. Thinking of flower's and you. yvonne