02 April 2015 By Sam Duke
The Easter weekend is historically laden with dark clouds and heavy rain but if you have a greenhouse, you can take on all the elements. Use the four day break to get the gloves out and prepare your crop for the growing season that awaits.
Although a little on the windy side, April is already seeing a slight rise in temperatures, with this comes the need for ventilation; aim to keep the temperature inside your greenhouse between 7 – 21°C (45 – 70°F). The roof vents should provide the majority of the ventilation, with the side vents only being used once the outside air is a little warmer. On sunny days with no clouds, you may well find it necessary to use your shades. If your greenhouse is not already fitted with shades, do give us a call; our TLC team will be able to advise you on the best location for them, along with the cost.
April can be rife with pests, continue to keep an eye out particularly for greenfly, whitefly, vine weevil and red spider mite. Slugs are also out in force and they can rapidly destroy a tray-full of carefully nurtured seedlings.
As well as continuing to sow half-hardy annuals now is a good month to start taking cuttings to increase your plant collection. If you are growing fruit, hand pollinate at mid-day by transferring pollen using either a soft brush or a ball of cotton wool and repeat over a period of several days to ensure success.
Remember to clean your watering can when using it to water young seedlings, you also need to make sure you use water from the tap as opposed to rainwater; save this for mature plants as young ones can get damaged by bacteria.
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