Winding down your greenhouse
THINGS are starting to ease off in the greenhouse after a busy few months.
The last tomatoes and cucumbers are ripening and the rest of the space is slowly filling up with tender perennials and cuttings, with room set aside for a lemon tree, tender banana and nonhardy standard fuchsia.
The key to keeping these healthy throughout the winter is maximum light, adequate heat and good hygiene.
Remove any shading to let in as much light as possible. Check your heater – if you use one – is in good order.
If you don’t heat your greenhouse stock up on fleece to wrap around plants and bubble wrap to attach to the greenhouse frame as added insulation. At this time of year you should water plants in the morning to give moisture plenty of time to evaporate before the colder evenings.
If left too late in the day it will sit on the leaves and create ideal conditions for mildew and fungal problems.
It should still be warm enough to open vents, windows and doors and this will improve the airflow. Remember to check plants for pests and deal with them accordingly.
Bring tender plants undercover for winter protection
Water in the morning for healthier plants