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Greenhouse job checklist

6 - 12 October 2014

It's time to...

  • Clear fallen leaves from greenhouse gutters
  • Bring tender plants under cover before frosts strike
  • Wash off any remaining summer shading paint and clean glass inside and out
  • Insulate the greenhouse with bubble polythene
  • Open vents on warm days but close them tightly each evening
  • Bring dormant cyclamen in pots back into growth by watering
  • Clear out old crops and growing bags, adding material to the compost heap
  • Stop watering pots of begonia, gloxinia, achimene, gloriosa, eucomis and other summer bulbs
  • Pick and lay out green tomatoes from outdoor crops to ripen under cover
  • Sow pots of hardy winter lettuces

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