In my polytunnel continued ..

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Salad anyone ?
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I love winter lettuce, even more that the summer ones.
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And finally ... these are my All Year Round Cauliflower.
I love these to and I always have some on the go.

All I have to do now is get my outside garden up to the same standard.
It needs to be dug ASAP as I need to get my early potatoes in next week.
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I'm so jealous!!! pbf

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I ordered my poly-tunnel last night.... woop!

More photos please they are inspirational.... plus I can see your layout of beds... I am taking notes :flower:
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There you go Ann.
My polytunnel when it was all new and hardly used.
The paths had weed control matting put down with a covering of sand and works very well.
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That is beautiful, so very neat.

How long is it again?

Do you have problems with roots against the outside walls of plastic? I would have thought they would poke through or proove detrimental to the plant?

Do you have a permanent wall of mesh down the centre? It looks like that would be a good idea and it looks like that is what you have in you photo of your mangetout
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Annpan wrote:That is beautiful, so very neat.

How long is it again?

Do you have problems with roots against the outside walls of plastic? I would have thought they would poke through or proove detrimental to the plant?

Do you have a permanent wall of mesh down the centre? It looks like that would be a good idea and it looks like that is what you have in you photo of your mangetout
Not so neat now Ann, this photo I just took this morning shows it warts 'n all :flower:
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And this was what it looked like in June 2007 ........
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It is 30 feet long (5 x 6'0" bays) and 12 feet wide which is just about big enough in the winter but could do with being twice as long in the spring/summer.
As you can probably now see, I have 6 foot lengths of fencing mesh that the peas grow up. I have several lengths as I always have some mange tout growing somewhere in there and as soon as one lot starts to fade I sow another row.
The polythene at the sides is buried about a foot deep (as per instructions) and I have had no trouble with plants putting their roots outside.
As far as the other direction, I have had no problem with couch grass, nettles, buttercup etc getting in (under) but I did have a few bracken shoots appear the first year ... I yanked them up and they gave up after a month or so. The only thing that still gets in/under is Sheep Sorrel which is maybe just a problem to the milder western regions, I never came across it in Kent, it's a creeping version of the normal Sorrel.

Anything else you want to know .. ask away.
One thing's for certain, you will wonder how you ever managed without a polytunnel in six months time :cheers:
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I am very excited..... but the biggest tunnel that we could stretch or budget to is only 12x15 :( still better than what we have now.... which is nothing.... and I have heard it is easy enough to extend at a later date.

If you (or anyone else) have any other recommendations or comments that wold be great.

I am going to copy your bed layout (not copyrighted is it? :lol: ) but I will also get some hanging baskets to squeeze more in.

I see that your greenhouse is quite close to your tunnel, I guess they share water supply?.... the position I plan for my tunnel is 90m from the house and with no other buildings near I will need to get a water harvest system going.....hmmmm..... I have a small plan involving some old corrugated roofing, and guttering..... ahh the benefits of previous owners never throwing stuff out....
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Water is VERY important, on sunny summer days (remember them?) you will need to give everything a really good soak, probably every other day for things planted in the soil and maybe twice a day for hanging baskets.
I suppose I'm lucky as I have a private water supply and can add bits without worrying about building regs, so I have taps everwhere ... one either end of the polytunnel and one by that greenhouse door. That greenhouse by the way is one that I got for nothing, it's a small 8' x 6' aluminium one and used exclusively for tomatoes. If you look closely at the June 2007 photo you can just make out a sprinkler mounted on a post, that's because OH insists on trips to the UK every now and then to visit her parents and I have to set up an automatic watering system for my absence.
Good luck with yours, 12' x 15' is one hundred and eighty square feet of protected growing area after all :flower:
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wow i`m impressed :flower:

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