Creating a whole new growing environment
Before we went for it and installed the tunnels we did a lot of research and tried to avoid the common fails, but we still had some epic ones including ripping a hole in the plastic!
Luckily for us we already had the steel hoops in the ground as it was used many years ago with the green mesh netting, so it was a case of putting on the plastic and building doors.
Any excuse for a digger!
The Trench Method
The mini digger unearthed a trench all the way around so we could pull the plastic down into the trench and back fill it to keep the whole thing nicely torte.
We first re-enforced the existing door frames with new wood and concreted them neatly in place. An ultimate seal is the goal but also considering ventilation and easy access for wheelbarrows!
Before and After
We purchased our Plastics from FirstTunnels and found them to be of absolute top quality! They provided us with a great service and lots of very useful guidance. We will definitely be using them again in the future.
The benches were made from recycled pontoon decking from a local Marina! Designed to hold 4 big trays comfortably, we jet washed and got them in straight away!
The nights become chilly and the mornings frosty, the polytunnel has had another hot summer and is finally cooling down. Space is filling up with tender plants in containers and our fruit and veg growing in the raised beds are coming to an end and soon to be replaced with winter crops that are grown … Continue reading Autumn In the Polytunnel
Going into 2020 we decided that a heated seed bed inside the polytunnel would be amazing for starting seeds early in the year without having to sacrifice our indoor space! There are many plants that do not require such early start but we will be focusing on those such as Chilli Peppers and Sweet peppers … Continue reading Polytunnel Progress: Building a Heated Seed Bed
One of our latest plant obsessions is the Dahlia, since growing them from seed and realising just how easy it is to get many years out of these lovely plants. I first attempted these many years ago, with a tray of seed under my living room radiator. It was so successful it led me to … Continue reading Growing Dahlias from Seed and overwintering tubers
T’was a hot summer here in the south of England, and our first with the new polytunnel We couldn’t wait to see how our chilli peppers would grow in comparison to previous years being grown in the ground in the old greenhouse. This year we grew chillies in there, as well as in pots, and … Continue reading 2019 Growing: Chilli and Sweet Pepper Review
2019 is our first summer having the Polytunnel and we’re sharing our successes and failures that came along with it. We have absolutely loved it and couldn’t have hoped for better results when it comes to our growing goals. We did come across some challenges including Managing the Environment. But we also learnt that we’re able … Continue reading First Summer in the Polytunnel
We’re sharing our experience from start to finish including which plants we used, compost, fertiliser and a review of the whole process. Including failures!
We have been busy for the last couple of months growing our seedlings indoors and transferring them to the tunnel in preparation for various growing projects.
In summer 2018 we invested in two 22m long polytunnels which we use to over winter plants, start seedlings off and house young plants. Maintaining a constant temperature inside the tunnel is difficult as we currrently do not have any heating system in place. Ideas for next winter especially, we are considering an indoor compost … Continue reading First winter in the polytunnel
Misty mornings and a continuous fire means winter is well on its way. This is our first winter on the land, and we have semi-prepared. November has been an interesting month in the garden, bringing us great crops! we harvested the remainder of our chilli and sweet pepper plants and had a huge amount of … Continue reading Chilli and Sweet Pepper harvesting in November
From City to Rural Homegrownandhopeful is the start of a a new chapter in which we said yes to an amazing opportunity to change our life from city to rural. We have taken on a small plot of land in the beautiful South of England where we are growing our own fruit and vegetables, and … Continue reading The Journey Begins