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Getting the most out of your Polytunnel and Greenhouses

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Growing in Polytunnels

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Plastic Gardener Dec 3, 2015. 5 Replies

Polytunnel are excellent but not everyone knows how to maximise their usePlease share your tips and experiences with othersHelp others extend their seasonsContinue

Getting the most out of your greenhouse

Started by Blicky. Last reply by John Martin Mar 20, 2012. 1 Reply

Green houses are excellent for propagation but do you get the most out of it?What sort of items do you grow in yours and do you have any useful tips? Continue

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Comment by Colin Robinson on January 16, 2012 at 22:28

The main advantage to me of greenhouse growing is to extend the availability of seasonal crops and for this reason alone I'd say they are well worth the outlay. I know people who use them for nothing more than growing a few tomatoes which seems a bit of a waste to me. New potatoes in April in north Cumbria and salad leaves twelve months of the year is enough to convince me of their worth.

Comment by Stephen Byrne on January 16, 2012 at 23:10

I'm in but under slightly false pretences - I only have some space in the allotment society polytunnel (which is a great idea, other societies please note the potential of this as an idea). That said, it's top of my wishlist - but I've made a deal with myself, a couple of years to master the basics of outdoor growing, then I can justify a polytunnel on the plot. It's a deal easily broken though!

Comment by Blicky on January 17, 2012 at 12:15

I agree Colin, although I am as guilty as the next person as I am the person who probably doesn't maximise my tunnel or greenhouse

I have seen books on making the most of your tunnel which gave me the idea of this group, to share with others and learn from each other

Comment by John Martin on January 17, 2012 at 22:34

Like Darren I probably don't use my greenhouse to its full potential.  That said I've got salad leaves growing which are only about 3 to 4 weeks away from using and my onions & leeks from seed are doing away quietly.  Don't have a poly tunnel but wish I did.

Comment by Blicky on January 18, 2012 at 18:35

My onions are on a downer, not got in the greenhouse as I don't have heating and light in there 

Think I will be beg borrowing and stealing onion plants soon lol

Comment by Jan Willetts on January 20, 2012 at 22:18

Love the idea of this group  as i am guilty of using the greenhouse as a shed at the moment. The cheap polytunnel was good fun last year once we worked out how to tether it-carrots, spring onions, melons, chillies and cape gooseberries did well. I have winter salads under fleece where it used to be-the cover finally ripped to shreds and had to be removed in the recent storms!

Comment by Blicky on January 21, 2012 at 7:09

Thanks Jan, I hope we all get the best out of it

Comment by Alison Schofield on January 30, 2012 at 11:19

Hi, we have a largeish polytunnel and greenhouse, both pretty full of salads, overwintering plants in pots, sorrel, spring greens, parsley ... our main problems are drainage (the polytunnel is on a flat bit cut into a slope - didn't really think that through) and moulds, related no doubt. At least we don't have to do much watering!

Alison (Tweed Valley Organics).

Comment by John Martin on February 10, 2012 at 9:11

Just missed out on a Polytunnel on Wednesday.  I'd seen one in dis repair last summer at a large country house.  So when off work on wednesday I went to the house and introduced myself to the owner.  unfortunately they had just given it away to someone else!! 

Comment by Stacy Drury on February 10, 2012 at 20:38

I am as guilty of this to, i have just brought myself today a greenhouse heater as i am running out of room to store all my seeds for the allotment hopfully this year i can use it a bit more and get some great tips from you guys & girls on how to achive this.

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