Many cultures have used spring cleaning as a way to prepare their houses for their new year. My new favorite is the Chinese tradition of sweeping their floors and cleaning their homes to cleanse it of the bad luck and misfortunes that may have accumulated during the past year. Once the house is clean, there is a prohibition against sweeping for a few days after the New Year to prevent removing any good luck or fortune that came in with the turning of the year. Prohibiting cleaning? Count me in.
There are many checklists and how-to’s written about greenhouse maintenance. More often than not they are generic and mundane. Most lists are geared towards someone having the ideal time of year to grab a check list and do a head to toe walk-through of the greenhouse. This may be wanted, it may even be possible but it usually ends up on the back burner. The approach for this “maintenance” article is to not only explain what needs maintenance at the greenhouse but also what parts and pieces are typically needed and in a format that is easy to reference when the time comes.