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Winter is practically here now in most parts of the country, which means that many of us in the gardening community need to transfer our plants from the garden, to the greenhouse. But before you get your plants all cosy for the winter, it’s important to give your greenhouse a good clean to remove the summer plants that will now be dying off, and ensure no nasty pests or bugs can find a hiding place.
Here are a few tips to follow to get you started.
- Take out your plants and equipment.
Choose a mild day and keep your plants covered, or even take them into the house to keep them safe while you’re cleaning. Remove all equipment, pots and other storage containers from the greenhouse, vowing to return only the things that are absolutely essential.
- Get your structural parts in tip top shape.
In order to maximise the short daylight hours we have in the winter, it’s important to make sure the panes inside and outside of your greenhouse are as clean as can be. Using specially designed cleaner helps to remove particularly difficult algae, mould, lichen and greenhouse sun shading, but be careful to avoid getting water on the leaves of your plants. Make sure to mend any broken glass to protect your plants from the cold, and clean down any metal or other structural parts.
- Declutter and plan.
Plan where your plants will be stored, so you know exactly how much space you’ll need. Keep pathways clear, get rid of any old garden tools or storage pots and brush down table tops and debris from the floor. Disinfect surfaces as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clean out your gutters.
Cleaning gutters out ensures the free flow of water and limits the build-up of unwanted material. Scoop out any debris with a pair of rubber gloves, and run your hand along the inside length of the gutter to clear it out. Use a hose pipe to remove the remaining dirt, diverting any dirty water into a bucket to be disposed of.
- Check out your water butt.
Ideally your water butts should be cleaned at least once a year to deter water-borne root rots and algae. Empty out your water butt and clean out any dirt that may have gathered at the bottom by using a coarse brush. Refill as per the manufacturer’s instructions, and ensure the lid is fitted tightly, if it has one. Uncovered water butts can attract wildlife, be contaminated with soil and debris, and be a hazard to animals or small children.
- Welcome your plants to their newly refreshed home.
Let everything dry off, then return your plants to their proper place within your now gleaming greenhouse.
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