• The greenhouse is full with all sorts of plants. Some are somewhat tender perennials which are over wintering in the security of the greenhouse. There is a tray of autumn sown Sweet peas which I have actually simply cut back, again, as they are growing gradually in the (up until now) warmer winter.

    There are also numerous trays of sturdy perennials which I bought as small plug plants, really low-cost, which I have been nuturing for planting out this coming season. Because the plants are still small, I didn’t desire risk them outside for the winter. However, and so frequently there is a but, the winter season has been damp and mild which triggers mould, botrytis, often present with poor ventilation. One way to try and prevent it is to open the greenhouse doors as frequently as possible on milder days. If it does strike, as in image on the far left, remove and clean up all affected leaves and this might well halt it. It’s a good idea to cut off and bin anything in the greenhouse appearing mouldy or they might contaminate other plants and just cleaning in this way can contain the mould.

    The bright side is the Autumn planted garlic, which I put under glass because of the soil conditions, is sprouting up now and ideally can be planted out early spring for a longer growing season. I will plant it along side spring planted garlic and see at the end of the year if either crop fares much better than the other. Garlic is among the easiest crops to grow for encourage how to plant garlic this spring

    Most sweet peas are sprouted and grown in the spring, and they are simple to sprout. The very same will apply to the autumn planted sweet peas, will they flower longer and earlier. or is it simply not worth the problem? It will be fun to find out – keeping my fingers firmly crossed.

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