Thursday, 16 October 2014

Clear Out

Our third dull miserable day in a row but I can’t complain it was wet without any measurable rainfall as yesterday was a thoroughly wet day which resulted in 3.8mm of precipitation. The temperature over the last few days has been unusual as its hardly varying between day and night or maximum and minimum. Since 09:00 on Monday morning to 09:00 Thursday morning the full temperature range has been between 9.7°C and 12.1°C.

I decided it was about time the left over tomato, pepper and aubergine plants were cleared out of the greenhouse. We are looking to keep some of our new potted perennials in the greenhouse over winter and then planting them out in early spring next year. 
As all the grapes have been picked I thought the grape vine could be given a bit of a trim too. All this trimming back would hopefully let a bit more light into the greenhouse. This should be an extra benefit through the darker duller days of winter.
It was amazed at just how much there was to cut back once I started. I thought it would be a five minute job but it turned out to be a much longer job than I anticipated. I removed about 5 heaped tub fulls of green stuff like the one above into the council recycling bin.
By the time I’d finished I’d managed to create a nice bit of space and let in a lot more daylight down one side of the greenhouse for our perennials to over winter. It was drizzling fairly heavily by this time so I decided to leave moving any plants into the greenhouse for a dry day. I did manage to find a few peppers and tomatoes left on the plants which will have to ripen inside. 
The used growbags have been stacked on top of each other and will be used as a top dressing on our garden borders next spring. The compost from the pots of peppers and aubergines will be used down on the plot to improve soil conditions there.

6 comments:

  1. Clearing away the tomato plants is a job we must get round to this weekend. There's not much fruit left on the plants now.

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    1. We're going to have to buy some tomatoes again now. A bit of a blow.

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  2. I know what you mean about the grape vine, I always get mountains of trimmings when I prune mine. And I have to do it regularly when it's growing or it completely takes over. I need to get my tomatoes out of the garden now as well. The remaining Sungolds are splitting as they ripen. The end is nigh.

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    1. Our grape vine takes over despite my best attempts at regularly pruning all through summer. Well worth the effort for the fantastic grapes it produces.

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  3. Jobs like that always seem to take longer than expected. Look a good job.

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    1. Now to fill up that space I've created.

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