TIDY UP THE GREEN­HOUSE

Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

Septem­ber is a key month to start tak­ing stock of the plants in your green­house. While days are still warm and dry, take the op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare the plants for winter, pro­vid­ing frost pro­tec­tion for ten­der spec­i­mens and mak­ing space for over­win­ter­ing bulbs, tu­bers and seedlings.

HAR­VEST LATE CROPS By mid-Septem­ber green­house crops are un­likely to ripen fur­ther. Pick what you can – and en­cour­age late toma­toes to ripen by plac­ing them in a bowl next to a ba­nana. Use any green toma­toes to make de­li­cious pick­les and chut­neys for the pantry.

CLEAR PLANTS AWAY Dig up spent tomato plants from the green­house bor­ders, empty out any dead or de­clin­ing pot­ted or bas­ket plants, and take cut­tings from ma­ture pelargo­ni­ums then dis­pose of the old par­ent plant.

CLEAN THE GLASS Wash dust or dirt off the glass to max­imise light lev­els. Wipe the in­ter­nal frame­work and stag­ing with warm soapy water, and sweep the floor to re­move de­bris likely to har­bour pests and dis­eases.

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