Green­house tips

South African Garden and Home - - Greenhouse­s For Small Spaces -

Cor­rect po­si­tion­ing pre­vents the green­house from be­com­ing over­heated. Ide­ally it should re­ceive six to eight hours of mostly morn­ing sun, with pro­tec­tion from the hot late-af­ter­noon sun es­pe­cially in sum­mer.

Po­si­tion it fac­ing north to south to pre­vent tall plants cre­at­ing shad­ows.

A por­ta­ble green­house can be moved to dif­fer­ent ar­eas in sum­mer and win­ter.

Sun can be cut out with shade cloth and ven­ti­la­tion con­trolled by open­ing win­dows and doors.

Pests are of­ten at­tracted by the hu­mid­ity and warmth in­side a green­house. Vig­i­lance and reg­u­lar in­spec­tions are key to catch­ing them early.

WIN! We’re giv­ing away a Bell and Pa­ton green­house worth R4 000. It’s 3m long, 2m wide and 2m high and comes with an easy-to-con­nect ir­ri­gation sys­tem. To en­ter, SMS the word GREEN­HOUSE, your name and postal and e-mail ad­dresses to 48406. An SMS costs R1,50 and free SMSes do not ap­ply. For full Ts&Cs, see page 93.

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