Category Archives: Polytunnel

No dig diary, 28th May 2021

We’re still eating the lettuces that are growing in the polytunnel, but I’ve had to remove the Webbs Wonderful as they ran straight to seed. I think given that the ones I planted last Autumn rotted inside over the winter … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 9th May 2021

Today I sowed climbing beans (Cobra and Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco) and runner beans (Czar), the first to eat fresh and the latter two to pod and use over the winter. I also emptied out three of the pots containing … Continue reading

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Not mushroom in the polytunnel?

Then I’ll need to get rid of these little chaps. No idea what they are, but they’re growing all over the place. I’ve not had mushrooms growing in the polytunnel before, so I have to assume they’re from spores that … Continue reading

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“Automatic” watering for the polytunnel

Generally we pump water from our well into five IBCs to water the polytunnel, but the new beds will be watered using “leaky pipe”. I’ve now stretched these out along the beds and pinned them down at each end to … Continue reading

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Damage from Storm Bella

Storm Bella may have brought us the strongest winds we’ve had here for some years and given the saturation of the ground I was concerned that we might see a few trees come down. We appear to have got off … Continue reading

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Bindweed horrors!

I meant to post this the other day after I completed the no dig conversion of the polytunnel. Early last year my father-in-law planted some early carrots and lettuce in the last wooden-sided bed to be removed, but it ended … Continue reading

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No dig polytunnel #4

Over the last couple of days I’ve been pushing forward with work to convert the polytunnel to “no dig” and today I’ve pretty much completed that. There’s still work to be done, with support wires needing moving and a little … Continue reading

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No dig polytunnel #3

It’s been a while waiting for the peppers to finish so I can remove more of the edged beds from the polytunnel, but I’m finally there and that’s what I’ve been doing over the last couple of days as time … Continue reading

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Polytunnel garlic is go!

A month ago I planted a second batch of garlic in the polytunnel. There were two reasons for doing so: first because I couldn’t get hold of the variety I wanted when I was looking to plant outdoors (that variety … Continue reading

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Preserving polytunnel pepper plants

Prior to a couple of months ago I’d never really thought about peppers (sweet peppers and chiles) as perennials. In the main in the UK they seem to be grown as annuals. Since they are perennials, trying to keep them … Continue reading

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