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Transitioning your Greenhouse Properly Each Season Aids in Yearly Cultivation

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Using your outdoor greenhouse to grow crops through the fall and winter is beneficial in many ways. Not only can you save money by walking right outside your door for fresh, hearty vegetables instead of shopping at a store, greenhouse cultivation that is consistent through the whole year saves you money in the long run. Preparing your greenhouse for fall and winter harvest is actually a great way to keep your soil at its peak fertility level. While your greenhouse provides your gardening with a frost-free climate all year long, there are some important steps you need to take to prepare for the cold weather.

Give Your Soil a Little TLC

While preserving your soil by participating in year-long crop cultivation keeps its fertility level at its peak, help provide your crops with a better opportunity for growth and sustainability by nurturing the soil. Just as we as humans need vitamins and nutrients to help us perform at our best each day, renewing soil with additives before the conversion can make a big difference in your fall and winter harvest. Depending on the crop, additives such as compost, blood meal, bone meal, and greensand can give your soil the extra boost it needs to be productive.

Location, Location

Although it may seem as though using the same spaces would help preserve your entire greenhouse, do not plant fall vegetable crops in the same location as your summer season crops. In fact, if you can avoid it, do not plant fall vegetable crops in the exact location you planted them the year before. Using the exact same location for your new crop not only weakens soil by causing it to lose essential nutrients, it attracts all sorts of things you don’t want to see in your garden. We are talking bugs! Continually planting in the same area attracts insect and disease. So keep your greenhouse insect free and switch it up a little. Your soil will thank you!

Timing is Everything

Depending on what specific crop you are planting, timing is everything. Most fall harvests require you to plant new seedlings in mid-August. This prepares more plants to be ready for late fall and early winter harvest. But some crops can flourish even if you plant them in late August into September. Lettuce and spinach are two vegetables that can be planted later in the summer and still be ready for late fall harvests. Mark your calendar to be sure you are planting your seedlings at just the right time to make sure your crops are ready.

Don’t Let the Chaos Confuse You

Sometime in September, you might look at your greenhouse and say “what is going on here?!” Don’t be alarmed! It is completely normal to have your greenhouse in complete chaos as you transition from summer to fall harvest crops. The good thing is that, by early to mid-October, you will notice that your greenhouse has somehow worked itself into a beautiful spread of fall and winter vegetables.

Pick It Right

Not only do timing and soil preservation play a huge part in growing a successful fall harvest, you have to plant the right seedlings to harvest any vegetables in the cooler months. Just like the weather, certain seasons are reserved for certain crops. Chives, bunching onions, and radishes are great crops to harvest for fall. Additionally, certain crops can be covered with “blankets” to expedite the growing process. Broccoli, leaf lettuce, and mustard at some cover crops that do well during the fall.

However you choose to stock your greenhouse with crops for the fall, taking these few extra steps to make sure your efforts bring you the best possible outcome is a no brainer. Outdoor greenhouses aren’t just a hobby; they can bring in extra money for those that harvest their crops right. Give us the opportunity to provide you with the perfect greenhouse to bring your crops back season after season. 

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