Greenhouses can be a gardener’s best friend, but they can also be our worst enemy if they’re allowed to become a breeding spot for pests and diseases. Cleaning out your greenhouse now will not only let more sunlight in to help your plants survive through the cold winter months, it will also prevent the spread of nasty moulds and viruses, and will diminish the chances of pests overwintering on your plants.
A mild autumn day is the ideal time to give your greenhouse a thorough clean – both inside and out – to ensure you’re ready for the growing season come spring. Follow our step by step guide to get the best results:
Remove all plants, seedlings and other materials from the greenhouse and retain in a sheltered area in the garden, or in a shed or garage. Tender plants won’t appreciate being put outside in severe frosts or in the driving rain!
Ensure any electricity supplies into the greenhouse are turned off and all electrical equipment such as heaters and radios are unplu...
With temperatures getting lower, garden birds that have benefited from a mild start to the autumn may begin to struggle as the weather changes. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) recommends three key things that us gardeners can do at this time of year to ensure our birds and wildlife continue to thrive over the chilly months ahead:
1. Birds will appreciate a variety of food, and fatty food will be especially helpful. For example, fat balls, or homemade bird cakes made with lard and packed with seeds, fruit or dried mealworms are great treats for a bird feeder or table. Kitchen scraps will work well, such as chopped fat from unsalted meat, cheese, dried fruit, and pastry
2. Unfrozen water for drinking and bathing may be hard for birds to find when there’s been a frost, but with a simple trick you can help to keep a patch of water ice-free. Try floating a small ball, such as a ping-pong ball, on the surface of the water. Even the lightest bree...