Now that the winter months are here, you may think that you are ready to finish gardening over the coming months.
You’ve done the final tidy up before winter and swept up all the leaves that Autumn dropped.
If you want to continue growing vegetables and other plants, start greenhouse gardening. If you have never owned a greenhouse before, it is important to know the basics of maintaining one.
First, you will need to invest in a greenhouse, so take a look at the options on SW Greenhouses. Once you have bought one, here are the basics of greenhouse gardening.
Soil, Air, Light and Space
When you are choosing a position for your greenhouse, try to select a location where the sun shines on it fully as this cuts down on the need for extra winter heat.
You are best off choosing plants which don’t require a huge amount of upkeep and ones that aren’t likely to be struck by disease.
Make sure that you use soil that is rich in nutrients to maintain the health of your plants.
You should keep the space well ventilated so it is not at risk of being struck down by fungi, mildew and diseases. Give your plants plenty of room to grow. A good rule of thumb is not to let leaves of adjacent plants touch each other.
You should aim to avoid extremes and sudden changes of temperature in the growing area as much as possible.
On warmer winter days, you may need to provide more ventilation for your plants. Warm weather always needs maximum ventilation. During the winter months, a temperature of 7 and 10 degrees is what you should be aiming for.
Remember that cooler temperatures favour a wider range of flowers and vegetables, so this is a good guideline unless you are growing tropical plants.
Food and Water
When it comes to watering, you need to strike a balance between not letting your plants go dry while also not watering them at too rigid times.
Check the pots often and water them thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch. Supplementary feeding shouldn’t really be necessary as long as the plants are kept in good-quality soil.
Attitudes and Insects
If you find that a plant suddenly becomes infested with aphids, take it out of the greenhouse and rinse it off thoroughly.
Keep it isolated and under observation before you attempt to reintroduce it to the greenhouse environment. If the problem returns, it is likely to be time to get rid of it.
Don’t expect your greenhouse to be totally free of pests as this would be unnatural.
When the summer finally rolls around again, you should de-clutter the place and empty out the greenhouse for a thorough clean and drying out period. This will help you to make a fresh start once autumn returns.
There you have the basics of greenhouse gardening, a wonderful way of continuing your gardening hobby through the cooler months.