It’s nearly November and time to start thinking about preparing your greenhouse for winter. The folks over at gardenersworld.com have compiled a great list of tips that will help keep your greenhouse clean, happy and and growing!
Mind Change of seasons: Your greenhouse allows you to keep growing even in the winter but you need to make adjustments. As the seasons change you should monitor day and night temperatures to adjust venting if needed. Ventilate greenhouses on warm days but close vents at night. Rick Stevens shows us here what is like to have a successful winter greenhouse.
Bring tender plants under cover: The clocks have gone back, evenings have got darker, and the chilly weather confirms the end of the 2012 growing season. Make sure to give all of your tender plants plenty of protection while still giving them the sun they need. Your peaches and nectarines will thank you!
Sow sweet peas: Deep pots and overwinter in the greenhouse provide a perfect location. Find out how to encourage the best sweet pea crop, by following Sarah Raven’s video guide, with tips on pot selection, pinching out and which plants to choose.
Water plants sparingly and avoid splashing the water around: Always water your plants in the cool of the evening or very early in the morning, rather than during the day, when most of the water would evaporate before getting to the plant roots.
Prepare for next year with a fall Cleaning: Wash pots and trays, Clear fallen leaves from pathways. Clean staging and wash capillary matting to use next summer. Clear old plants from the greenhouse border and dig in fresh compost. Remove faded leaves and flowers from plants to prevent grey mold from spreading.