Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
 

News:

New (and old) members please read the Site Policies


Author Topic: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing  (Read 39462 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

sunshineband

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Posts: 30426
  • Tallest Sunflower prizewinner 2014
    • A Little Bit of Sunshine
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2010, 19:31 »
I was going to use council weight paving slabs (2ft square)  around the flaps of the cover, and metal pegs for the frame itself.

Does that sound OK?
Wisdom is knowing what to ignore - be comfortable in your own skin

Link to my blog: www.alittlebitofsunshine.co.uk

Link to my diary:   http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=111682.0:
Link to comments:  http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=118122.new#new


mumofstig

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Posts: 46614
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2010, 19:39 »
 Sounds ok to me.........I hope you enjoy using it............I enjoy growing in mine.
I must source a new cover for mine during the winter though..or I won't be able to use it next year :(

I'll have to refer back to all those 'how to fit a cover' threads from the top :lol:
Lesley
-------------
I'm not good, I'm not bad, I'm just me - and sometimes I have to apologise for that.

mumofstig

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Posts: 46614
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2010, 16:46 »
What are people sowing or planting in their polytunnels for the winter?

Poolfield2

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Posts: 2141
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2010, 23:16 »
Mine will keep me going in parsley, thyme, oregano, salad onions, corn salad, rocket and winter density lettuce. I have strawberries that will fruit a month earlier than outside and french tarragon that wouldn't survive outside.

I start off some very early potatoes in January, sometimes it works and sometimes I lose them, I also start onions off in January.

My polytunnel has 6 small beds and the rest is storage, I'm wondering whether I can pinch enough space for an extra bed this winter.

GrannieAnnie

  • Grandmother of the Forums
  • *****
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Posts: 21088
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2010, 12:55 »
All I've got in mine these days is a lawnmower, 2 non working rotavators and loads of wood and ply sheets!

mumofstig

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Posts: 46614
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2010, 13:08 »
I seem to have bad ventilation in mine........things going mouldy :(

I sure couldn't use it for storage........how do you keep yours dry and ventilated  :unsure:

arugula

  • Winner - prettiest sunflower 2011
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Coastal Argyll
  • Posts: 24913
  • hic svnt leones
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2010, 13:25 »
We still have the (very green) Roma tomatoes in there and some turnips and spring onion.

We have our central panels at either end, one opening and the other fixed, made out of windbreak fabric which can be covered fully or partly in ply etc, during the months when the weather is doing its worst.

:)
"They say a snow year's a good year" -- Rutherford.

GrannieAnnie

  • Grandmother of the Forums
  • *****
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Posts: 21088
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2010, 15:13 »
All the holes the rats gnaw through the poly and the rips the chickens make when they are abseiling down the polythene!  So it gets plenty of ventilation :lol: :lol:

It's getting on now, the polythene was already 5 years old when we got it and we've had it 5 years, so its not doing badly except there is more repair tape on it than poly!!   :lol: :lol:

But its very dry.

Poolfield2

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Posts: 2141
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2010, 13:16 »
I leave the double doors open both ends all through the summer and in winter I'm not watering much so it's fine and like Grannie we have a fair few holes some caused by me mowing too close ::)

natpod

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 2
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2010, 20:37 »
We've just finished putting our tunnel up, in the Midlands. What shall I get in now?

Goldfinger

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Cramlington, Northumberland
  • Posts: 1513
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2010, 21:27 »
on my new lotty, we have a greenhouse with no :( glass in the sides but the roof's complete, so that's not in use at the moment.

I so want a poly! But don't have the space.  :(  It's only a half plot.

rowlandwells

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Location: northamptonshire
  • Posts: 576
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2010, 21:50 »
we bought our first tunnel some twenty years ago and then 2 large greenhouses and then another small tunnel about 7 years ago found both tunnels and greenhouses good value for money just a bit concerned about the cost of replacing the poly covers  ???

don't grow much in the winter in the tunnels or greenhouses use them more for storage usually start things going about the end of February with our solid fuel boiler heating pipes under the benches when i put the tunnels up i buried the poly cover  in the ground  :D
had no problems doing it that way also have raised beds in both tunnels for those of you who have polytunnels do you cover the tunnel up with shading in the summer to protect from the sun we always cover our tunnels with shading  :)

mumofstig

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Posts: 46614
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2010, 22:52 »
what are you all planning to grow in your tunnels over the winter?
I'm planning on winter hardy lettuce and endive/radichio, corn salad, parcel, some chard and a few onions to start from seeds.


DirtyShovel

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 3
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2010, 15:43 »
I'm personally put off polytunnels as a few friends of mine's have been utterly trashed by weather down the years !

Poolfield2

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Posts: 2141
Re: Polytunnel and Greenhouse Growing
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2011, 23:26 »
Ours has withstood 80mph wind on an exposed site but we have trouble getting more than 5 years from one cover, they seem to split where the fold lines are in the plastic.

The only greenhouse that is designed to cope with the weather here was 25000 so it's polytunnels for me unless we win the lottery (which given I don't buy tickets is unlikely).

We are on a replacement year next year and I hate doing it, I'm getting too old to dig around a 14 x 34 foot polytunnel but the call of growing will get me through ::)



Share via twitter

xx
Greenhouse V Polytunnel?

Started by fallen angel

13 Replies
2859 Views
Last post February 21, 2016, 19:02
by BabbyAnn
xx
Greenhouse or Polytunnel?

Started by Clarky86

5 Replies
310 Views
Last post August 31, 2017, 21:13
by grinling
xx
Polytunnel vs greenhouse.

Started by Kate and her Ducks

9 Replies
4356 Views
Last post November 23, 2012, 00:54
by John
xx
Re: in the Polytunnel and Greenhouse

Started by Whatalottie

3 Replies
1193 Views
Last post February 10, 2013, 12:01
by Green man