During the winter, it can be easy to neglect our gardens. The thought of braving the cold to tend to plants can put off even the most keen gardeners. Your garden itself may be a little lacklustre, giving you less motivation to touch it until springtime. However, things are a little different when it comes to a greenhouse. It’s a place where you can see your plants flourish despite the frosty weather surrounding it. Here are our top tips when it comes to what to plant in your winter greenhouse:
Mangetout peas are excellent for growing in a greenhouse because they can withstand low temperatures better than other pea varieties. You can either plant these in pots supported by sticks or plant into soil beds.
Autumn is the perfect time for sowing because you can begin to nurture young plants in time for early springtime. You can strategically plant them in beds near the door, so bees can still find them and pollinate.
Salad leaves are ideal for a winter greenhouse, pick resilient varieties such as rocket, spinach, lamb’s lettuce, red mustard and mizuna. Sow these in trays or pots of compost, then move into large containers. Protect these from insects by covering them.
Just because the colder weather has kicked in, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your flourishing herb garden. Move your chives, parsley, basil and mint into the greenhouse for safe keeping. They’ll continue to grow throughout winter, particularly if you try succession sowing for an uninterrupted supply.
Lift a rhubarb tip onto the soils surface and bring it into the greenhouse by the time December comes around. To help it grow, cover with a large tub or container to eliminate the light.
Peaches and nectarines are best kept in a greenhouse come winter because they are prone to fungus and other diseases. Grow in pots in the “warmest” part of the greenhouse, usually the border. Make sure you keep them under cover for extra protection.
Carrots work well in a winter greenhouse, because much like broad beans, they can be sown in preparation for spring. Varieties such as ‘Amsterdam forcing’ and ‘Early Nantes’ suit the greenhouse environment.
Don’t feel discouraged to grow your favourite plants just because it’s winter. Many summer bedding plants can be grown under shelter in your winter greenhouse. Flowers such as fuchsias and pelargoniums work well.
If you’re still looking for a beautiful floral display; Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can all be potted in autumn when kept in the greenhouse. As soon as bugs appear, bring them indoors so they can continue to flourish in the warmth.
Much like bulbs, alpines are hardy but benefit from protection when wintertime comes. The wet weather can spoil the flowers and cause them to rot. Bringing them into a greenhouse can keep them dry and nurtured for maximum growth. You can bring the plants indoors when it gets colder.
So, there you have it. Ten amazing plants you can successfully grow, even when the cold weather starts to kick in. Admire the beautiful colours of the fuchsias in your home and enjoy your delicious home-grown produce throughout winter.