As the seasons change, the evenings draw in and there’s a chill beginning in the air, it’s a good time for gardeners to take stock, get essential greenhouse jobs completed and start planning the autumn planting tasks. Here are some ideas and inspiration for jobs to get done around your greenhouse in autumn and suggestions for plants you could try growing.
Autumn Greenhouse Jobs
The summer months can be a really busy time for gardeners, as many plants thrive, fruit and flower. Things tend to slow down a bit in the autumn, so it’s the perfect time to take stock of what you’ve achieved, get your greenhouse tidied up and organised and plan your autumn and winter planting.
If you’ve got plants that have gone over, then autumn is a good time to clear out any old pots or containers, dig out greenhouse beds and feed the soil ready for your next seeds to go in. Old or dead plants can be put to good use on your compost bin and it’s easy enough to dig over planting beds in your greenhouse. Add some compost or manure to the soil to help fertilise it and improve the soil quality, ready for any new plants you’re going to put in.
It’s also a good time to empty out any old seed trays and make space for new seeds to be planted. If the interior of your greenhouse is beginning to look a bit untidy, then arm yourself with a brush and clear out the debris or cobwebs – a bit like you would if spring cleaning your home. You could even have a go at washing any dirty areas of glass, if you’re really keen!
Autumn Greenhouse Planting
If you’re not yet decided on which autumn and winter crops or plants you’re going to have a go at, then now is a good time to get out your seed catalogues and start planning. If you’re planting from seed, then it’s a good idea to get planting seeds in your greenhouse in good time, to allow them plenty of time to mature.
If you’ll be buying seedlings, then you may have more time to play with, but it’s still advisable to get your order in before stocks sell out.
Onions and shallots are both good for growing inside your greenhouse and you could even try growing them in pots too. Greeny leafy vegetables, such as kale, are good for this time of year and you could even try growing peas or sugar snap peas. Another good autumn and winter staple to grow are potatoes, which can be planted into deep tubs (or empty dustbins) – if you’re lucky, you may have some ready for Christmas Day!
There are lots more vegetables and flowering plants you can grow during autumn in a greenhouse. The best idea is to experiment and see what works – and what doesn’t – in your individual greenhouse growing atmosphere.