By Laura Mast
Now that our indoor growing season is coming to an end at Kingwood Center Gardens, it is important to prepare for our next crop. We prepare the greenhouse for new crops by sanitizing the entire facility.
Some of the reasons for sanitizing our greenhouse complex are to help with pest, fungal and bacterial control. In doing so, it gives us the best opportunity not to contaminate our new plants or seedlings that we will be moving into that particular greenhouse.
We use a product called Green Shield by BASS which is specifically for greenhouse sanitation; it also helps clean the algae that may have grown throughout the winter months.
To begin the sanitation process, we empty the greenhouse of all plant material and any debris that may have found its way under the benches or onto the floor during our growing season. We empty the greenhouse facility to make sure that as much of the surface is being cleaned and sanitized as possible.
We then allow our greenhouse to sit empty until the new plant material is ready to be moved back into the facility. The reason we let it sit empty is to maintain a clean and sterile greenhouse until we are ready to grow the next crop.