Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - Greenhouse crops coming to an end

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GreenhouseHere at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will be preparing the greenhouse for the winter.  Our greenhouse crops are coming to the end of their lives.  The tomatoes have all been harvested and we will be clearing the old plants and consigning them to the compost heap.  The pots, tomato towers, plant halos and slot and lock frame and will be brushed clean and set aside for scrubbing and cleaning during the winter months.   Our capillary matting will be replaced ready to house the plants that we will be overwintering. We will also be ordering our bubble wrap ready to insulate the greenhouse when the real winter weather hits. 

Outside, we will be clearing the tomato plants from our grow houses.  These will be dismantled and cleaned before being stored away until they are needed again next year. The tomatoes grown outside this year were grafted plants and these have performed amazingly well.  I am already browsing through the organic plant catalogues for more grafted plants to grow next year.

Next week we will be stock taking the seeds we have left in our seed tin, discarding those that are out of date and making a list of seeds we need for 2015 ready for when the seed catalogues arrive.

This week we will be harvesting butternut squash, spinach, chillies, chard, runner beans, raspberries, peppers, courgettes, kale and spinach.

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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