Winter Solace

This week suddenly feels like winter has arrived. Frost is covering the cars and our breath resembles that of a baby dragon as we step outside on a morning! As December arrives next week and our pumps and demin jackets are replaced with wellie boots and duffle coats, don’t forget that your greenhouse would also welcome some winter warmth too!

It is really important to prep your greenhouse by removing any shading from within your greenhouse so when the sun makes an appearance it receives maximum light exposure. Give your greenhouse a really good clean to avoid damp and mold setting in.  Also, make sure to repair any cracks and holes that may cause water to seep in and heat to escape.

If like us you still love to be outside even on colder days, then your greenhouse provides the perfect shelter to continue your love of gardening whilst sipping on a hot chocolate! We have seen lots of greenhouses beautifully lit with fairy lights and with a table and chairs and a fleece blanket, it makes for the most idyllic alfresco dining space.

Here are some helpful tips of what can be planted now in readiness for spring next year;

  • Plant Iris bulbs
  • Pot hardy annuals such as Pansies and Sweet Peas ready for bedding in spring
  • Pot perennials such as Lupins and Delphinium
  • Sow types of Lettuce, Carrots and French Beans
  • Pot Chives, Parsley and Mint for winter supply

So happy alfresco dining, coco drinking and sowing folks and always remember, as Monty Don says “I always see gardening as escape, as peace really. If you are angry or troubled, nothing provides the same solace as nurturing the soil.”