I've just ordered a polytunnel for our new fruit and veg plot.  It's quite big - 4m wide  x 8m long.   There is also a shade net including for high summer.

I'm planning to erect it facing east with the long sides facing north and south to allow for sun worshipers and plants which need less and there will be a door at either end for ventilation.

It will be used for starting off crops early and ornamentals too and then producing salads and some veggies in the lean months and sheltering tender stuff like dahlias and cannas over winter.

Any tips on making the support poles secure, tying it down, general care and maintenance?   I've only ever had a teeny glasshouse and that in much colder climes.

The Vendée, France


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 15,588

    Obs. mine has " ground poles" which are concreted in , then the hoops slide over these and are clamped into place. Are your hoops all one piece?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 15,588

    tee hee. Given my French is pretty non-existent, I was relying on the photos. 

    the T piece which is shown being hammered in the ground got me thinking. Just a thought and I'm no engineer. If you drilled it and inserted another bar at right angles, then set that into concrete, might that help anchor it rather than just being driven in?

    The polythene on mine is "rolled" round a timber batton then fixed to the poles via brackets. I'm not convinced by the burying technique, but maybe others have tried it and might be in a better position to advise.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,276

    Much depends on the actual framework......if it is robust you can usually choose whether to bolt and concrete ( much better if wind is an issue ) or take the covering down below and bury with soil.

    Like most things, the better the initial framework, the less problems you are likely to encounter.

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