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Dinah

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Hello
« on: November 24, 2022, 11:26 »
I live in highlands Scotland, on old railway land, so soil not great. I am a complete novice and now I have more time have decided to invest in a poly tunnel and try to grow some veg, I was thinking raised beds and getting some top soil. Any advice on size of tunnel or soil or when to get the poly tunnel (I was thinking January??) would be very much appreciated
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AndyRVTR

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 12:02 »
Hello and welcome to the forums Dinah  :)

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 14:28 »
Welcome to the club/madhouse wichever you feel appropriate!

"On old railway land, so soil not great".   Why do you say this?

Cheers,  Tony. :D
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2022, 15:09 »
Welcome to the forum  :)
The size of your polytunnel will depend on what you can afford, and I'd say if you have the cash, get the best/biggest you can afford.
Just so you are aware the cheapest ones, on the likes of ebay, get trashed in any high winds, and the covers start to rot after just a couple of years, if that's all you can afford.

I'd recommend these https://northernpolytunnels.co.uk/hobby-gardening/the-allotment-polytunnel/
but realise they are not within everybody's budget.

Good luck
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https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=56565.msg666947#msg666947

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 15:42 »
Hi there, I agree with mum on type, as for makes I purchased 1 from First Tunnels April last year 14í x 25í. I paid extra & had double sliding doors each end, which I now realise I only needed 1 set of as I never open the others, but that would depend on your location but you do need the ventilation a doorway offers. Knowing what I know now Iíd have made the doorway but had a fixed panel at the far end. I also had the screw in anchors & the aluminium base rails so there was no digging a trench & burying the plastic in. Might have been ok now but in 10 years or so if the cover needs replacing would be more of an issue age wise. I also had the crop bars which give more strength & rigidity. First Tunnels have a great range of videos on YouTube. The double doors I bought (well comes ad lengths of wood) were warped, but hubby made them up (he is a master craftsman & carpenter,so no issues re making doors). But they just kept getting worse so I rang First Tunnels & they sent more wood. So with that set of doors he made them covered in butterfly netting & made me sets of poly carbonate panels that are removable for various degrees of ventilation.
All in all Iím extremely pleased with it & have had a tremendous array of crops in it from day 2 of tge skin going on.
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Dinah

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2022, 15:52 »
Thank you for the welcome!
Re the soil, my home was an old railway shed, according to neighbours soil is poor quality, site of oil storage, coal etc, lots of mares tail, thatís why I was thinking raised beds and top soil?? Very open to any suggestions though
I have been looking at highland poly tunnels, they have a good local reputation apparently and will also come and erect the tunnel, which is a very big plus for me, as I have no carpentry skills, and am not renowned for my practical skills either!! thank you for advice on alternative though, will have a good look, particular note made on doors and ventilation, thank you
Thinking 12 x 15 for size, and still hoping for January (unless thatís a big no no!)
Doing lots of reading meantime!
Thanks so much for your tips!

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2022, 19:02 »
I have nothing constructive to say about polytunnels, but welcome to the forum  :D
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