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What can I grow in an unheated green house over winter avoiding the usual salad and herbs?     Also what is the best way to get rid of used compost from tomato bags etc.   At the moment I carefully sieve it having broken it up and then spread on flower beds that can take more soil.    Any ideas please?


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,886
    Have you got soil down the side of your greenhouse or are you thinking of pots? 

    I’ve  never sieved any compost,  I add it to the compost heap for spreading in the autumn/winter.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hi, I sieve it to remove most of the old roots from the tomatoes courgettes and cucumbers that have been growing in it ans as I don't have a compost heap the main roots go into the council compost collection bin.
  • There are winter peas,broad beans onions garlic, chard,spinach. I don't sieve compost either just spread it on the garden. You can start strawberries off for an early crop next year
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    You can just remove the bulk of the compost from the roots - I just bang mine against anything convenient - and then use it on borders. Or chop any roots etc with a spade   and add it all to the beds   :)
    What you grow over winter also depends on what you like to eat  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,910
    I spread my spent compost from tomato growbags on the beds too.  Provided the tomatoes haven't had blight that is.
  • Thank you all very much for your tips and comments, hopefully I will have a more productive greenhouse this winter, it looks as though we will need it.
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