Greenhouse Jobs for Early Spring

Beetroot growing in a Harvst greenhouse

Greenhouse Jobs for Early Spring

We’re not sure much tops pottering about in the fresh air on a bright spring day. Plus, there’s plenty to be done in the garden at this time of year. As the everything bursts back to life, March is a time to really get things going in the greenhouse.  Here are few essential greenhouse jobs to get sorted in early spring.

Get your greenhouse environment under control

Early spring can be a tricky time in the greenhouse, due to the sometimes wild fluctuations in temperature. Nights and early morning can still be bitterly cold. On bright, sunny days, things can heat up very quickly. Anyone with a Harvst mini-greenhouse won’t have to worry about ventilation and temperature as the sensor-controlled smart control system takes cares of all that for you. But if you have a traditional greenhouse, you’ll need to be on your toes to open vents and add extra insulation as needed.

Make a planting plan

It’s always good to have a rough plan of what you want to grow and when. That way, you can get the most from your greenhouse and any outdoor space you may be using for planting out. So, if you haven’t already decided on this year’s crop mix and growing schedule, now is the time. It doesn’t mean you can’t suddenly go off-piste if the mood takes you, but a bit of planning and preparation should help keep your vegetable patch (and your plate) nice and full all year round.

Start sowing

If you’re using a Harvst mini-greenhouse or another greenhouse, you won’t have to bother so much about planting seasonal vegetables. When your plants will be spending their life cycle in a controlled environment you can pretty much plant what you like, when you like. However, if you’re using the greenhouse to start off your seedlings and then plant them on into the garden, you’ll obviously need to choose more seasonal varieties. Generally speaking, this time of year is a good time to get started on sowing:

  • Early potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Celeriac and celery
  • Aubergines
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers and chillies
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad leaves
  • Dwarf French beans
  • Brassicas

Bring on summer flowers

Whether you’re sowing annuals, bringing on bedding plants or potting perennial cuttings, now’s a good time to start filling the greenhouse with your favourite garden flowers, giving them a good start before you transfer them into garden beds, pots or hanging baskets for the summer. Plants like petunias, asters, begonias, lupins, lobelia, cleome, dahlias and cosmos will appreciate a little cossetting in a cosy greenhouse during their early stages.

A bit of careful planting now should ensure your garden is as colourful and as bountiful as possible this year. 

You can find out what plants Harvst enthusiasts are choosing to grow at the moment on our Community page. Or if you’d like to know more about how a Harvst mini-greenhouse could transform the way you grow your own food, get in touch!