AMAZING THE BETTER LIGHT LEVELS IN A WASHED POLYTUNNEL OR GREENHOUSE – 1st wk in April 2013

‘Irish weather apologises for the late running of this season’, could well be a headline to sum up the weather at present. However, there is more to gardening than sowing and growing, rooting and fruiting. There are the maintenance jobs too. Fixing gates, clearing shed and sharpening shears, etc. One of these wintry jobs is removing any green algae and dirt which is clinging to the glass outside and inside the greenhouse.

First: Clear out the greenhouse as much as possible. Remove the withered remains of last year’s annual crops if not already removed. The old cape gooseberries’ growth, runner bean and tomato stalks etc. I still have lots of flat parsley growing so the spring clean will be good news for the over-wintered parsley plants.

Second: With the help of a steady stepladder, brush away all the cobwebs and loose grim from glass and frames inside and out.

Third: Fill a bucket with warm soapy water. Find an old dish clothe or sponge and a window clearing rubber blade.

Fourth: Starting on the outside from the apex of the greenhouse roof, scrub and clean each pane of glass from top to bottom. Then do the same on the inside.

Fifth: Take a seat with a cup of tea and observe the increased light levels now in the greenhouse.

Cleaning a polytunnel is really a two person job. A rolled up old bed sheet soaked in warm soapy water is held at each end by the two person team. With this ‘sheet rope’ over the polytunnel at one end, each person in turn pulls the sheet to simulate a soapy sawing action until they reach the far end of the polytunnel. The lower parts of the polytunnel are OK to clean single-handedly with  a sponge and some warm soapy water.

Washing a greenhouse. Not good to be in a hurry, as you don't want to fall off the stepladder through a glass roof! Keep one hand free to hold on to the frame all the time.

Washing a greenhouse. Not good to be in a hurry, as you don’t want to fall off the stepladder through a glass roof! Keep one hand free to hold on to the frame all the time.

One week on from the greenhouse spring clean, the flat parsley, under glass, is brighter, bushier and evidently growing faster, making the bit of elbow grease and effort all the more worthwhile.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll try to keep the blog up to date and hope you keep following it and growing some food at the same time.

    Regards,

    Trevor

    Reply

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