Getting the most out of your Polytunnel and Greenhouses
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Latest Activity: Oct 25
Started by Blicky. Last reply by John Martin Mar 20, 2012.
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
Started by Blicky. Last reply by Catherine Feb 29, 2012.
Polytunnel are excellent but not everyone knows how to maximise their usePlease share your tips and experiences with othersHelp others extend their seasonsContinue
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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!
Thanks Jan, I hope we all get the best out of it
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).
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!!
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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