TROUBLESHOOTER: WINTER CROPS
Q What can I do about mildew on crops?
A Ventilation is crucial. If you’re using cloches or growing in the greenhouse then a lack of air flow can leave plants at risk of fungal diseases. Open up greenhouse doors on all but the coldest of days and ensure cloches have some ventilation too. Remove cloches when temperatures allow.
Q What if the leaves get frosted?
A Keep plants small. Pick larger outer leaves for the kitchen and you’ll be doing your plants a favour too. Big fleshy leaves fare badly in cold snaps while small ones soon perk up again.
Q How much should I water in autumn?
A Outdoor plants shouldn’t need watering; if anything, you’ll need to protect them from excessive winter wet, especially on heavier soils. Once you go under cover you’ll need to give ground an occasional but deep drink; just be wary of overdoing it.
Q How can I keep pesky slugs at bay?
A Tidiness pays. Remove weeds and old or diseased leaves, ensure there are no hiding places for slugs. Keeping a tidy garden doesn’t just please lovers of neatness, it helps keep plants healthy too.