It’s been a whirlwind of a start to November for those of us here in the UK, as Storm Ciaran sweeps across southern England upturning and disturbing everything in its path. Winds reached up to 104mph last night, so we’re sure like us, there’s lots of nervous curtain twitching this morning examining any damage it may have caused. Hopefully it’ll leave as quickly as its arrived so we can get back in our greenhouses where we belong!
Although the days are now shorter, chillier and somewhat greyer, it is still a real tonic to get outside, breathe in the fresh cool air and and get stuck into those November tasks that are staring back at you from that lengthy to-do list.
In November, greenhouse jobs may include tasks like:
* Cleaning and maintaining equipment and structures.
* Monitoring and adjusting temperature and humidity levels.
* Pruning and caring for plants to promote growth.
* Planting seeds or transplants for winter crops.
* Managing pest and disease control.
* Harvesting and packaging produce.
* Preparing the greenhouse for winter conditions.
* General maintenance and repairs.
It’s not all about boring maintenance jobs though as a greenhouse really does provide all year round growing.
Here are some growing options to consider:
* Cool-Season Vegetables: You can grow cool-season vegetables like lettuce, spinach, kale, rocket, and Swiss chard. These are more tolerant of lower temperatures.
* Herbs: Many herbs, such as parsley, coriander , and chives, can be grown in a greenhouse throughout the year.
* Root Vegetables: Carrots, radishes, and beets can be grown in a greenhouse, as they are less susceptible to frost.
* Microgreens: Microgreens are quick to grow and can be cultivated in a greenhouse for a fresh supply of nutritious greens.
* Winter Flowers: You can cultivate flowers like pansies, violas, or ornamental kale to add color and beauty to your greenhouse.
* Perennials: Some perennial plants can be started in a greenhouse in November to establish strong roots before planting them outdoors in the spring.
Keep in mind that you may need to provide some heating and insulation during these colder winter months. Also, make sure to monitor temperature, humidity and light levels to create the ideal growing conditions for your chosen plants.
Stay safe gardeners and as always, happy all year round greenhouse growing!