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polytunnel newbie

Relatively new here folks

I'm saving up to buy a polytunnel, and hope to have enough money next summer. I'm ridiculously excited about this new adventure!!!!

Just wondering if any of you care to share photos, tips, ideas about internal layout, feedback..... anything really in relation to your experience of polytunnels

My father in law has offered to rototill the ground next spring where I intend to site the tunnel...not sure if this is a good idea

Also if there is a thread on herebwith this info, please re-direct me.... thanks



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,536

    I'd first ask, how big is this polytunnel to be ,and what do you intend to grow in it.

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Hi, great idea! I have had a green net tunnel for 10 years now, it has been fab. I grow lettuces, salad leaves,rocket, beetroot, radish, cabbage, cauliflowers, kale, not huge amounts but enough for my hubby and i. We have pigeons where we live and the net keeos them off the crops. It is also good to stop crops bolting,like lettuce which i plant second crop on the shady side. we rotavated the whole area then built the tunnel over the top and dug the spare netting into the ground. I have a bit of staging in it for potted plants. I stand my herb pots in there over winter. It is always a few degrees warmer in there and of course the ground is protected from frost and snow ( you have to brush snow off promotly as it is very heavy on the netting ) personally i chose net as i have a small greenhouse. My tunnel is 10' x 20' i have two doors on mine, one each end but you can have one, or double doors. Mine came from an excellent polytunnel retailer, on their website you can build your tunnel bit by bit and the price changes as you build ;) can't remember name but a search would find them. 

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Ps. I will send a photo if you are interested. It took two of us  3 days to build it ;) 

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Pick of my polytunnel, 10 yrs on!


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