How to over­win­ter ten­ders

Ster­ilise the space so you’re ready for spring, says Lucy

Amateur Gardening - - Front Page -

IF you heat your green­house in win­ter, you might be tempted to grow a few over­win­ter­ing crops in it. But if you’re star­ing at bare stag­ing and beds, you should seize the chance to have a thor­ough clear up now.

Toma­toes, mel­ons, cu­cum­bers and chilli pep­pers all thrive un­der glass, but they also suf­fer from pests and dis­eases such as red spider mite, white­fly and pow­dery mildew. These prob­lems have the abil­ity to fes­ter, com­ing back year on year, un­less you break the cy­cle now.

These prob­lems are at their most vul­ner­a­ble now, ei­ther in the form of static eggs or spores, or slum­ber­ing adult in­sects. So step to it – you’ll be so glad you did come the spring!

If you want to ban­ish re­peat of­fend­ers such as white­fly (left), a good clean now will help

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