I don’t often get the inclination to work outside and do some gardening in January, but with the sun shining on January 2nd we took everything out of the greenhouse to clean it well.

A lot of moss had gown on the soil. I think this may be because we had closed the louvres of the greenhouse and had taken the wax from the automatic roof windows in early November, so the ventilation was poor. We bagged up all the moss and hopefully it won’t grow back as this was quite a job.

Several wasps were hibernating in pots and crevices and I’m sure other insects as well.  When the greenhouse was thoroughly cleaned we brought in any tender plants that could not be left outside, my growing collection of succulents and seed trays and cuttings planted some months ago.

The greenhouse sparkled in the winter sun. Who would believe a day later we woke to such a hard frost. We were so glad to have the clean out finished.  All was ready for the growing season.

Greenhouse in the winter sun