I have dreamed of owning a pollytunnel for so long, when I finally got one it was hard not to sleep in it.
The research I carried out into which one was best for me was of gigantic proportions as I had a long time to choose. But eventually I chose a Haygrove (haygrove.co.uk). A 6 meters by 4 meters.
The main reason for purchasing a Haygrove over the many other manufacturers was the straight sides. This allows you to grow taller plans not just in the centre but along the sides. I am planning on growing lots of different tomatoes, and will still have lots of room for other veg and herbs.
By the time I had got it, cleared the site, made the raised beds and the build it, it was Autumn. But that didn’t stop me. I read every blog, book and news article about what to grow and when. My aim was to have new potatoes and salad over Christmas. And I did it.
It has been so wet that the potatoes keeled over and the salad was getting mildew. But 2 meals worth and the kudos of “oh just something a grew”….
It is also a great place to store my tender pots.
but now into the Spring we go. And the world is my oyster, or the polytunnel my growing heaven. Now, before I get too giddy, I still have to recall I live in the Lake District, so even in a polytunnel, what may well start to grow in February/March down in Devon, will not take a peak out of the soil until end April/May…
I have just read the morning papers and they are forecasting snow for Easter!
But I have to start, don’t I? I have shallots and red onions ready to go in and my potatoes are chitting. But I have to hold my patience, no planting of seeds yet. I will in the next couple of weeks start my beans and sweetpeas. But patience is a virtue I struggle with.