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26 September 2016
With these 10 tips you can use your greenhouse to store, protect and even grow throughout the winter months!
Make sure your greenhouse is in good condition and ready for winter. Tidy away any plants that have gone over and harvest the last of your crops. You will want to remove any hidden pests, mildew, fungus and mites that have built up over the summer season. We have a fantastic range of disease and pest control products that will clear all of these quickly and safely. Throughout winter and autumn, leaves and debris can fill your greenhouse guttering, causing blockages or tainting the water in your water barrels. Try using our handy hose attachments, designed specifically for greenhouse and gutter cleaning.
With blustery winter weather on its way, now is the perfect time to make sure your greenhouse is safe and secure. Make sure you still have all of your glazing clips in place. Check your nuts and bolts and make sure your greenhouse door wheels are moving smoothly. We have a selection of greenhouse spares including wire, spring and Z clips, door wheels, nuts and bolts should you need to make repairs or re-strengthen your greenhouse.
For over wintering and growing during the winter months add insulation to your greenhouse. Greenhouses lose most of their heat through small gaps within the structure. By adding a simple layer of insulation such as our Heatsheets, you will retain heat whilst keeping your plants frost free. Heatsheets can be used in either timber or aluminium greenhouses by choosing either Wood Pins or Super Alliplugs to hold your Heatsheets in place.
By adding a heater to your greenhouse you can be sure that your plants, seeds and bulbs will stay frost free and warm this winter. Choose from either electric, gas or paraffin heaters - each are safe and easy to use. Your greenhouse heater will not only protect established plants to bring out next spring, they will also let you grow vegetables such as cabbage, radishes, beets and spinach, even flowers such as Pansy, Freesias, Azaleas right through the winter month's!!!
When over-wintering plants you will want to be sure that your greenhouse or coldframe is the best environment to keep your plants healthy. By using one of our thermostats or thermometers you will be able to monitor the humidity and temperature around your plants, cuttings, seedlings and plugs.
Find a sturdy work and storage space! To make over-wintering your plants slightly easier, why not move your pots inside your greenhouse? By adding some strong robust staging, you will be able to fit more pots in rather than just using the floor space. Shelving can also be a useful addition to your greenhouse, creating a space for tools, pots, plant feed and thermometers. Our staging and shelving is available in both timber and aluminium and you can choose from a wide range of sizes specifically chosen to fit all greenhouse sizes.
Whilst you're preparing spaces for your pots and plants, you may also want to think about adding an area for you to plant some seeds. It may sound strange to even consider planting seeds during the winter months but with a heater, there is no reason why you can't keep growing all year round. Winter veg and certain flowers will grow happily inside a heated greenhouse. Your seed tray racking will also be ready and in place for you to start sewing your seeds ready for early spring.
During the quieter winter months why not plan your irrigation system. By planning your irrigation system now, your greenhouse will be ready for spring without having to re-arrange your greenhouse, when it's at its busiest. If you have a heated greenhouse, you may also want to install your irrigation system, as it will not be damaged by frost.
Instead of buying expensive plants in the spring add a propagator to your greenhouse this winter. These handy and compact units are perfect for use during late autumn and winter. They are great for propagating cuttings from woodier plants such as vines, shrubs, trees and groundcover plants. In fact, they are a great tool to use all year round as they will be a great place to start off your spring seeds. You can also use during the summer for perennial cuttings and herbs.
Whilst clearing out your greenhouse this autumn, make a list of all of the things that you will need to replace. You will not want to step in to your greenhouse next spring and have nothing to hand! Most people find that their pots, seed and shuttle trays need replacing. Think about oiling, repairing or replacing tools such as pruners, loppers, shears and secateurs.
We have a whole range of greenhouse accessories available right here on our website to help you - click here to take a look at the range
Posted by Matthew Cook