Garden Prep: What to Do in the Offseason

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All gardeners know once the temperatures drop, there can be a bit of a winter lull. But just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do around the garden. And with the right tools, you can even grow some winter hardy vegetables while preparing for the spring. Here are some garden prep tips to ensure your greenhouse and crops stay in great shape during the offseason.

Easy Garden Prep Ideas

While you may not be spending as much time in the garden as you do in the summer, there are still some important steps to take during the winter. First, give your garden or greenhouse a good cleaning. It’s important to cut back weeds, and completely clean out your greenhouse if you can. Wash it from top to bottom to stave off pests and any diseases. This includes swapping out any pots you used last season, or cleaning them completely. Make sure to use mild soap and water when cleaning your backyard greenhouse. Do not use harsh chemicals, or you can risk compromising the fabric. For more tips on how to properly clean your fabric greenhouse, click here.

You can also add mulch to your outside garden around trees and shrubs. It is like an extra layer of protection during the winter, keeping the roots of plants safer from the frigid temperatures.

Gilmour suggests to take the quiet time this winter to get ahead on those garden prep tasks that will help prepare you for spring, like:

  • Sharpen and repair your tools
  • Take stock of supplies like mulch and fertilizer to see what to reorder
  • Make repairs to hoses and sprinklers

growit greenhouseWinter In Your Greenhouse

Growers know when you have a temperature-controlled environment like the Greenhouse-in-a-Box, you can still plant beautiful crops, even throughout the cold temperatures of the season. This greenhouse has a waterproof ripstop cover that is UV treated, allowing for enhanced illumination for optimal plant protection. It even includes side panels and vents for extra airflow. For more on why greenhouses are any gardener’s secret weapon during the winter, click here.

There are also other garden prep chores to do around your greenhouse in the winter. Thompson and Morgan suggests to brush snow and other debris off the top of your greenhouse. You can also work in some manure around greenhouse borders to prepare for the spring. And just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should stop watering!

You can still plant winter hardy vegetables in your greenhouse, too. According to Rootwell, these are some great choices that can withstand the cooler temperatures:

  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Parsley

Pro tip: Not sure exactly when to plant your vegetables? Read our past blog about the best times to plant your cool weather crops.

While some gardeners may use winter to relax and take a breather from planting, this season can actually be a time to reassess your garden and get things ready for next season. The garden prep you perform now will pay dividends come spring. And if you utilize a greenhouse, winter’s temperatures can’t stop you from planting!

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