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06/04/2014 at 16:02

Hi all,

I put up my new 4x2m polytunnel a couple of weeks ago and haven't looked inside since.  The ground was clear when I erected it..

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41676.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

At least I know it's working!  Definitely now have a job for when the rain comes later today!

06/04/2014 at 16:06

lol I bet that was a surprise! 

06/04/2014 at 16:17

That looks a lot like my beds Bob! I have a lot of weeding to do too! 

06/04/2014 at 17:09

It's working great Bob   I dug over my veg patch a couple of weeks ago and today it had loads of weeds in again, all gone again now though......for the time being!! I think that means I can start sowing some of my veg seeds when they arrive tomorrow 

06/04/2014 at 18:20

my new polytunnel arrives in 4 weeks. 21ft x 48 ft, can't wait to get stuck in.

06/04/2014 at 19:06

All the best weeds Bob

06/04/2014 at 19:10

21ft x48ft Hosta, that's HUGE  What are you growing in it?

15/04/2014 at 19:02

I booked a few days holiday before Easter and have now cleared it.

Also added are gravel boards around the outer edges and made a raised walkway out of cut-down pallets and some spare lengths of timber to fill the gaps, then added about 15cm of compost to what have now become the borders:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42455.jpg?width=350

Amongst other stuff to go in there, I'm going to try yard long beans ''Dolcio del Metro' as I've failed with these when trying them outside.

 

15/04/2014 at 19:57

It is looking great Bob. Looking forward to seeing how the beans get on.

15/04/2014 at 20:59

Wow looking good!

15/04/2014 at 21:30

Looks fab now Bob  Can't wait to see the beans, I have gone the other way and just ordered dwarf beans 

15/04/2014 at 22:06

Thanks for the comments!  I'll add pix of the beans and other stuff as it gets planted in there.  OL, dwarf beans can produce a fantastic crop for the small amount of space they need.  One thing to watch out for is any beans touching the ground as slugs love eating the ends!  Either pick them before they reach the ground or add a bit of support, like a piece of twine tied to a short stick and looped around the bean stalks.

15/04/2014 at 22:09

Thanks Bob, I think I'm going to grow them in a big tub as I have run out of room on the ground, or will have when everything starts growing!! 

15/04/2014 at 23:28

Looks exciting Bob.  

I have a small hexagonal GH and need to think of adding something like your polytunnel myself. Better than a GH Bob?  

16/04/2014 at 11:36
Polytunnels are the best! We grow tomatoes, cucumbers sweet peppers chillies and basil in ours. Early in the season we sow cut and come again lettuce and to make the most of the space we have a couple of tubs of baby carrots. It was certainly value for money.
16/04/2014 at 16:55

Someone was radio 2 today Bob, wanted to say hello to 'her Bob in his Polytunnel', he was planting Chillies though so doubt it was you, but you never know 

16/04/2014 at 19:05

Fame at last!.. wait.. my chillies are only 3 inches tall and too small to plant out yet..

Verdun, I think a greenhouse is more useful and wouldn't be without mine but I got the tunnel purely for growing slightly more exotic things than I can outside.  It was only £100 and was easy to erect, so even if the cover only lasts 2-3 years, I consider it a bargain!

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