Winter is a break for gardeners. It’s a time to sit back and enjoy the fruits (pardon the pun) of your labor. You get to eat fruits and vegetables that you grew during some of the coldest nights in Michigan. It’s also a time to catch up on other hobbies, such as reading and coffee with friends.

However, before the long nights by the fire with a cat on you lap begin, you need to prepare your greenhouse for winter. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center in Saginaw can help. We offer garden seeds, potted plants, gardening tools, and more, as well as gardening advice and care. In this blog post, we’ll offer up tips to help prepare your greenhouse for winter. Call us today to get started!


Add Insulation

Heating is a big expense for greenhouses, especially if you plan to keep growing plants during the winter. Invest in caulking to repair cracks, add in weather stripping for entryways, and insulating foam where appropriate.

Tune-Up Your Greenhouse Heating System

Winters in Michigan can get pretty cold, so you’ll want to ensure the cold stays outside where it belongs instead of inside your greenhouse. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center in Saginaw recommends that you have a professional inspect and service your greenhouse heating system before the cold hits. All it can take is one night with the heat out, and you’ve lost a good portion of your greenhouse plants. Having a backup electric heater in case something happens is a good idea as well.

Clean Your Greenhouse

Now’s the time to get all those little chores done around your greenhouse that you have been too busy to do before. Clear off your work benches, organize and assess your pots and gardening tools, and look for any remaining pests to get rid of. Scrub down all surfaces as well to disinfect and leave everything nice and shiny for the spring.

Check Your Airflow

You’ll need a good airflow throughout your greenhouse so your plants get enough carbon dioxide and fresh air that they need to thrive. If you have a ventilation system installed, have that inspected and the fans cleaned, or set up your fans to keep the air moving. On those “hot” days in Michigan, your greenhouse can become surprisingly warm. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center in Saginaw recommends that you keep a fan running will help to ensure moisture does not build up on your plants and that your plants can still transpire.


Many people still like to have an indoor garden during the winter. Here at Abele’s Greenhouse & Garden Center in Saginaw, we have everything you need for your winter gardening needs, from gardening tools and supplies to seeds and plant pots. As a family-owned and operated garden center, we’ve been helping the residents of Saginaw for over 45 years with both gardening and tree moving services. Visit our garden store today!