We spent the weekend getting our little greenhouse in order after the winter. Even with our mild Pacific Northwest Winters, a greenhouse is still a helpful tool to growing all year round. The last of our winter kale, swiss chard and beets are almost done so now it is time for the spring planting which we start in the greenhouse.
First thing we did was to get all the algae off the inside. All the moisture and humidity made the greenhouse look, well, green. We used a new product that I love for cleaning algae called Simple Green. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, non-hazardous, non-flammable, and non-corrosive. And it works.
We also put in shelves this year to maximize our growing potential.
Finally, I am trying a new planting scheme. I planted the seeds that may need to grow in the greenhouse all summer in big black pots (watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers). I am hoping that this really jump starts the seeds and then they can live out life from the comfort of the greenhouse. We will have to see!
I also planted squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, poppies, basil, fennel, dill, peas, spinach, romaine, mixed greens, beets, edaname and fava beans. In May, these will all be transplanted into the garden along with more seeds that will be directly sowed. I am really looking forward to a successful growing season (fingers crossed).