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Job of the week

Insulate a greenhouse with bubble polythene

As the cold weather draws in, you need to think about how you are going to protect your plants through the winter. If you have a greenhouse but don't want to install a costly heating system, lining the glass with bubble polythene is a cheap and effective way of keeping your plants snug and protected from draughts.

Takes just 30 minutes

Flowers

Step 2
  • Plant tulip bulbs in groups to make drifts of spring colour
  • After first frosts, lift and store dahlia tubers
  • Plant evergreen shrubs and conifers

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Pick ripe apples and pears
  • Finish harvesting marrows, squashes, onions and potatoes
  • Sow broad beans and hardy peas

Greenhouse

Step 4
  • Wash greenhouse glazing to let in maximum light
  • Bring potted cordylines under cover for winter
  • Insulate your greenhouse with bubble polythene

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Collect and compost autumn leaves
  • Cut back suckers growing around the base of trees
  • Visit garden centres to choose bulbs and bedding