If you are one of few gardeners that are lucky enough to own their own mini greenhouse, then you know that they require a small amount of maintenance to keep them going. Of course, you also know that the little bit of work you put into your structure will pay you back in dividends. After all, there is no better environment to foster plant growth and development like a properly functioning greenhouse. With that said, you can often run into issues when you allow your greenhouse to become dirty or when it’s left in disrepair. The following article will offer up some common mistakes people make involving the maintenance and upkeep of their structures so that you can be sure to avoid them.
You probably remember the first day you brought home or constructed your new greenhouse. Each and every part of the structure was perfect; the glass or plastic was sparkling clean, the structural components were straight and everything just worked the way it was intended. Fast forward a few years and several hot/cold cycles and you may now have a structure that’s not so perfect anymore. Perhaps the glazing is a bit dirty or maybe a piece is missing entirely. Whatever the issue, it’s important that it be repaired before it’s allowed to negatively affect the performance of your plants. Listed below are some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to the upkeep of their mini greenhouses –
• Allowing Glass/Plastic to Become Soiled – no matter how hard you try, the exterior of your greenhouse is going to get dirty. Storms will come and go, dust will blow and a few birds may decide to relieve themselves. While all of this is perfectly natural, a dirty greenhouse means less light is getting to your plants, and less light equals less growth. To remedy this, be sure to clean the exterior of your structure each spring and fall. This goes for your cold frames as well.
• Allowing Holes to Remain – plants thrive when daily average temperatures are above ambient conditions, which is why it’s so important to keep the environment sealed. A hole in your structure could be impacting the growth of your plants, and if you’re using active heating, you could be throwing away money.
Ultimately, keeping your greenhouse operating in the proper condition will allow you to grow beautiful and healthy plant material. Simply cleaning and inspecting your structure for damage each spring is all that you need to do in order to keep it going strong.