When autumn nights start to get cold, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter. Start closing your garden down when there is frost in the forecast or the temperature consistently starts to drop to the low 40’s or mid 30’s Fahrenheit, around late October or November. In case of setting up a hydroponic grow room, choose the right growing medium, set up an appropriate hydroponic system and make sure you provide your plants with best hydroponic nutrient solutions.
To prepare your garden for winter, cultivate and weed one last time. Pull spent annuals and renew border edges. Also, while preparing your garden for winter, trim back the perennials because they’ll be back in early spring. Clean out any debris and autumn leaves which otherwise will attract rodents and insects. Pick mums and long-blooming annuals like zinnias as long as they bloom. Adjust the humidity levels of your grow room. It is prudent to get plants accustomed to lower humidity of winter season.
Before the start of fall, it is advised to get a garden expert come over to your garden to have a look at the landscape. Winter wind tends to dehydrate evergreen plants in the orchards. This may result in permanent dormancy, so you need to protect them. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to cover your garden plants or hydroponic plants with green shade and water the shade cloth at regular intervals. This will help to maintain the humidity levels. Make sure that the hydroponic plants are well pruned and trimmed or else there is a danger of the fallen leaves getting mixed with hydroponic nutrient solution.
Harvesting is to be done in the time of first frost. Remember, preparing your garden or hydroponic grows room for winter is all about maintaining the right balance between temperature and humidity. Now days with modern techniques, both these factors are easily controlled manually and so there is no need to worry about extreme weather changes like harsh snow fall and wetness of soil. By following these steps, you can have well-rooted plants by May, which are ready to grow in real sunshine. In case of hydroponic farming, since sunlight is moderate during winters, you can either go for natural light or LED lamps.
Winter gardening has many advantages. Fresh vegetables are very costly in the middle of winter, but with the help of hydroponic winter vegetable gardening, you can grow your own vegetables without having to worry about increasing market prices. Also, in winter fruits, vegetables and floral plants grow very quickly. This gives a commercial viability from grower’s point of view. So to get fresh, lush, and nutritious fruits and vegetables this winter, prepare your garden well in advance.
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