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!
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.
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