Keep your gar­den clean

It pays to have a tidy and hy­gienic plot to ward off pests and dis­eases

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Af­ter a long sea­son, and now that you’re car­ry­ing out fewer jobs in the gar­den as we de­scend fur­ther into the colder months, you can take time out to make sure ev­ery­thing is spick and span. Hy­giene is para­mount, as many dis­eases and pests can be har­boured on sur­faces and soil re­ally eas­ily, so look at it as pre­par­ing for next year’s ex­cel­lent dis­plays and crops in­stead of be­ing too much of a chore!

Be sure that you’re not trans­plant­ing any blight or club root-in­fected soil via tools or shoes, by giv­ing them a thor­ough clean now. Dis­eased plant ma­te­rial won’t do you any favours ei­ther, so clear up droopy, wet fo­liage, any stems and other plants that won’t last the win­ter and keep your plant­ing airy and spaced.

Make the most of the last rel­a­tively warm days to give your green­house a good clean, too. Re­mov­ing dirt and al­gae from the glass will let in more light and clear­ing up de­bris helps to con­trol those pesky pests and dis­eases. Start early in the day so it has time to dry off be­fore night time.

Clear out all your plants, trays and pots, then sweep or vac­uum away old leaves and cob­webs. Us­ing hot wa­ter and de­ter­gent, such as Jeyes Fluid or house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts, wash down the struc­ture and benches. Also clean the glaz­ing in­side and out and use a scraper to ease out any dirt trapped in cor­ners or be­tween the panes.

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