Wind­ing down your green­house

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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

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