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Have a December tidy-up

PUBLISHED: 10:04 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 20 February 2013

If you have not done it already, roll up your sleeves to start 2009 with a clean greenhouse, bright tools and your secateurs in good shape for a new season's pruning.

Greenhouse


• The greenhouse can be a haven


for overwintering pests and


diseases so cover up any plants


and clean crevices and surfaces


with a dilute disinfectant.


• Low light levels can be a


problem in winter so clean the


glass well to remove algae and


remnants of summer shading.


• Tidy up plant debris, stems and fallen leaves and flowers


to reduce fungal diseases and pests. Dig up weeds.


Tools


• Clean and oil spades, trowels and forks.


• Sharpen secateurs. There are various tools available for this


job, including a specialist sharpener from Felco.



Pots


• Empty out old compost.


• Give the pots a good scrub


with a suitable detergent.


• Sterilize with disinfectant.


• Allow to dry before use.

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