October’s when I start my autumn clear up with real gusto. First I empty my little greenhouse. This year it was brushed out, and any algae mould or moss removed from the wooden staging and brickwork. Then the floor was scrubbed with hot water with some Jeyes fluid in it. My very own ‘Mr Sheen’, partner Matt, cleaned all the glass inside and out. I even jetted out the guttering with fresh water, so now it’s back to super sparkling.
Halloween is a fantastically spooky time of year. Just as the evenings are getting darker, it’s a chance to scare the neighbours, frighten the grandchildren and inject a bit of fun-filled terror into an evening or two.
Red spider mite is the scourge of many gardeners. This species of tiny plant-feeding arachnid often makes it presence felt in greenhouses, hence its popular alternative name of “glasshouse mite”.
Greenhouse gardening is a great way to expand vegetable growing seasons. Creating a warmer environment, adjusting the humidity and even the lighting, can make it possible to nurture crops and protect against sudden changes in weather. However, you don’t need a commercially equipped greenhouse to enjoy fresh food all year round. You just have to choose the right seasonal vegetables.
If you thought that nothing much happens in the garden during October except clearing leaves and digging over your veggie plot, you’d be wrong. October is the final chance before winter for harvesting your last crops of fruit and vegetables, and getting your timing right is vital for achieving ultimate flavour and good storage.