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KEEPING THE
SHADEHOUSE CLEAN
HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE THINGS TO KEEP YOUR PLANTS
HEALTHY IN THE SHADEHOUSE
Never leave containers of water inside
the shadehouse – it breeds mosquitoes
and bacteria. Have buckets and
watering cans turned upside-down
so they don’t fill with water when the
sprayers come on to water seedlings.
Never leave open bags of potting mix
or compost in the shadehouse. It grows
disease inside the bags.
Always keep the benches and tables
clean. Wipe off any soil left on top, and
make sure the floor doesn’t have any
soil that gets wet all the time.
Keep all plants off the ground so that
they don’t contact the floor.
If you are reusing pots or seedling trays
dip them all in a big plastic garbage
bin filled with water and add 1 cup of
bleach. Useplastic gloveswhenwashing
the trays and pots. The bleach kills any
disease that might be in the soil.
Store your potting mix or seed raising
mix in the shed, not the shadehouse.
Every 6 weeks take all the plants out
of the shadehouse and wash all the
benches and floor with bleach and
water.
Make sure the benches that hold the
seed trays drain all the water away.
Water should drain onto the floor and
evaporate.
Every plant you grow will be in the shadehouse at some point. It may be a seed that
grows into a seedling, or a cutting that grows into a tree or bush tucker plants waiting
to go into the ground. It is very important to keep the shadehouse clean so that disease
doesn’t grow and get into the plants.
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