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82. What if the greenhouse is full?
If you have been busy gardening and planting in the greenhouse you started your next season a few weeks or months ago. But now you need to bring additional plants into the greenhouse that just won’t make it through the winter just where will you put it all?
If your greenhouse is getting smaller by the season, consider saving seeds for next season and you can start planting them in the greenhouse after your winter vegetable garden is finished off. If you have collected the seeds it is best to store them in a container away from the moisture and the light or you may find that your seeds will start growing in the container!
There are many annual plants that you don’t have to bring into the greenhouse in pots to be able to save them for next year. If you take your time and dry out your plants you should be able to save them and replant them in the spring season.
Take for example the Bougainvillea, the Coleus, Geraniums, your Basil and the Begonias, you can take your entire hanging basket and keep it until next growing season, without having to care for it. Once you have made sure you are not bringing any pests in to you home, you can do this. You will begin by simply cut the plant back, so that just about one half of the plant is left in the pot. You won’t be cutting any of the roots when winterizing these types of plants.
Now that you have given all of your plants a good trim, find a cool place to set them over the winter. You can easily put them in the attic, as long as the attic doesn’t get below thirty-five degrees. There are many attics that are cold, but as long as they are not ‘freezing’ your plants will be fine. If you are not sure how cold your attic really gets, line up your plants in the attic, and cover them with a sheet. This will keep any actual frost off of the plants, and will keep them a little more protected from the bitter cold in the attic. You really can’t keep these plants in a garage that is no warmer than the wintertime outdoors. If you have a nice cool basement you can keep the plants down there as well, but if your basement is heated your plants might die.
You will not be watering these plants again until March. In March, you can move the plants to a warm area, and then that same day give them a little bit of water, just a tad. After the plants have been in the warmer climate for about two days you can give them a little more water and then you can resume your regular watering patterns. Not all of these plants will bloom in the early season, but by the end of the summer your plants will be back in full bloom again.
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