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an existing greenhouse and know the name of the manufacturer, contact them first to see if they can supply a kit before heading for the DIY store.More on saving and using waterSaving water in your gardenAdvice on watering plantsInstalling an automatic watering
Take 10 minutes first thing in the morning, during the height of summer, to pour water onto the floor of the greenhouse. This simple task creates enough moisture throughout the day to prevent your plants from suffering heat stress.Watering can full
.AdamChoose polythene with large bubbles as this has better insulating properties and lets in more light.Buy bubble wrap by the metre from garden centres. Choose polythene that is specifically designed for greenhouses, as it is UV-stabilised and should last for at least
thing of the past.GreenhouseAutomatic ventilation kitScrewdriverScrewssummer2 hoursPlace the opener in the centre of a window vent and mark the position of the holes on the window frame and greenhouse frame.Screw the automatic window opener to the frame
Monty Don explains the best methods of harvesting fruit from cucumber plants, with tips on recognising and removing male flowers.summerMore advice on growing fruit and vegMonty's video demonstration of how to harvest carrotsSowing beetroot seedsJoe Swift demonstrates how to sow s...
Find out how to prepare brugmansia for the winter, by following Chris Beardshaw's video guide, including advice on how to take cuttings after moving the plant into a frost-free greenhouse.autumnMore advice on propagating plantsHow to take root
Free-draining compost or cactus compostSilver sandNewspaperSheet of glassPencil (to prick out)Seed trayall year round20 minutes to sowFill a broad terracotta pot with a moist, gritty, loam-based compost, such as John Innes. Firm down and make the surface level
Encourage your children's interest in gardening, by learning to grow peanut plants with Rachel de Thame's video advice.springMore plants to grow in a greenhouseTomatoesCactiOrchidsEarly strawberries
Watch Sarah Raven's step-by-step video guide to growing salad leaves in guttering indoors, to give seedlings a good start before transplanting them outdoors.OctoberMore advice on growing saladRead Pippa Greenwood's blog on growing salad leavesVideo advice on growing salad leaves ...
compost and keep them in a bright place to ensure they germinate.Chilli seeds e.g. 'Cayenne'Good quality seed compostSmall pots x2ClingfilmJanuary - May10 minutes to sow the seedsJuly - AugustFill two small pots with seed compost. Water the compost