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Post: #287067 bonniethomas06
Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:48 am

:icon_smile:

So, we had an offer accepted yesterday on a house with 2/3 of an acre of agricultural land!

I feel like a complete person again...and this time we are buying not renting, so no danger of building up something only to lose it. And I can browse this wonderful forum again without depressing myself!

Eeek so excited! Now to research polytunnels and chicken coops...hopefully I can still remember how to grow stuff! :icon_smile:

Growing your own food...I recon that is the real meaning of life.
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Post: #287070 KathyLauren
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:42 am

Congratulations!

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Post: #287071 Green Aura
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:29 pm

Fantastic news and welcome home, Bonnie. :hugish:
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Post: #287072 ina
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:40 pm

:thumbright: :sunny:
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Post: #287073 John Headstrong
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:47 pm

Congratulations! :brave:


first tunnels for your pollytunnel. https://www.firsttunnels.co.uk/

and have a look at "Chicken Tractor on Steroids" by Goeff Lawton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09MDwSMQEs0

we need photos once you start !
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Post: #287074 bonniethomas06
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:04 pm

Oooh thank you for the links - I am polytunnel window shopping as we speak thanks John, so exciting!!

Firsttunnels are very reasonable - It is going to be a bit of a financial apocalypse, but as soon as we have recovered from buying the house and paying for the wedding, provided I avoid bankruptcy (again) I shall have a nice 12ft one in time for winter. Eeeeeeee!

The new man is not so inclined to selfsufficiency, but I am working on him...
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Post: #287075 baldybloke
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:49 pm

Welcome back Bonnie. Are you still in Wiltshire?
Has anyone seen the plot, I seem to have lost mine?

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Post: #287076 diggernotdreamer
Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:50 pm

12 foot is not big enough, 12 foot long??? nah, think bigger, I have one that is 10ft by 35ft that I had in Berkshire, it cost me 550 quid from Ferryman, my 16 x 72 foot is from First Tunnels, wow, in a funny way I wish I had 2/3 acre it would be lovely to plan that out, congratulations to you all xxx

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Post: #287078 doofaloofa
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:45 pm

Bigger is better when it comes to tunnels for sure
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Post: #287079 Flo
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:34 pm

Gosh it's all go and excitement for the girl then. Just go carefully and build up to things like.

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Post: #287081 Odsox
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:56 am

I totally agree with previous comments that 12' is nowhere near big enough, I guarantee you'll regret it if that's what you get.
I initially got a 12' x 33' tunnel and soon discovered that once you start tunnel gardening, 400 square feet is just frustrating, so I bit the bullet and got another 14' 6" x 35' tunnel to put along side of the first one. That is just about enough for the 2 of us most of the time, but only just. That's not counting my large greenhouse either.

I would suggest that you get the biggest one that you can fit in, or if money is tight, get a smaller one but site it so that you can get more hoops later and extend it.

Well done by the way, exciting times ahead and getting self sufficient(ish) as well. :cheers:
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Post: #287086 bonniethomas06
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:20 pm

OK, sold - bigger one it is then :-)

Yep Baldybloke, still in the 'Shire. don't think I will ever escape!
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Post: #287122 John Headstrong
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:49 am

bonniethomas06 wrote:OK, sold - bigger one it is then :-)


very glad you have come round, I was given a pollytunnel early last year (well, by given I mean given the rights to dig it out of a wet field)

it was 10x25 foot long but I only had space for 15 foot at the time, I have now re-engineered the gardens steps and put up the hoops for it to be the full 25 foot again. Which has been a huge amount of work, slow going over the winter but speeding up now (then stopping again due to snow! :banghead: )

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Post: #287172 Thomzo
Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:06 pm

Congratulations, how fabulous. I do hope everything goes smoothly and you can get in quickly. Is the land all nice and neatly ploughed and ready just to be planted?
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Post: #287188 bonniethomas06
Thu May 05, 2016 1:08 pm

Thanks Zoe - it is just meadow grass at the moment, so will need a good strim and a tidy up.

The solicitors are taking AGES - I doubt we will be in before the end of June, so I think I will give this year a miss in terms of growing veg and focus on getting bare root soft fruit in for the autumn, beds and compost bins prepared and the polytunnel up, so that come next spring I am all set and ready to go.
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