Monday, 27 May 2013
When we decided to refocus the main allotment on fruit growing and poultry and Dad's smaller allotment on producing vegetables, we knew we would still need to use some of our main allotment for growing veg. There simply isn't enough land to grow all the veg we need on Dad's plot. Any bed with veg on it however will need netting for protection from the hens, ducks, wood pigeons and rabbits. Alas, when we did the calculations of the price of the timber and netting, we were a bit shocked at the costs we were facing. And then we discovered the above polytunnel on Amazon which cost only £80. Not only was it far cheaper than building our own timber frames, it would provide us with protected growing space than can be used through the winter as well. They are a good size as well - 5m long, 2m wide and 2m high. So we bought two.
We discovered they were very easy to assemble and they are very effective at retaining heat. We have already planted out the one we have assembled with tomatoes though there is a vast amount of space to plant more. We need to prepare the ground for the second polytunnel. At the moment, that patch has a manure heap on one side and a gravel heap on the other. The manure needs to be dug into the ground elsewhere and the gravel is due to go into more drainage ditches, one of which I dug yesterday. Hopefully this will all be sorted over the next few days.