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I’m building a Pollytunnel.

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by easyrider, 15 Apr 2021.

  1. Welshman

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    And are they growing well and avoiding bugs, pests etc etc……….

    im asking cause im thinking of growing all my brassicas next year in a greenhouse, with good ventilation, but a better controlled environment
     
  2. easyrider

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    Seem to be touch wood.
     
  3. easyrider

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    Making Comfrey Fertiliser

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  4. Noakesy85

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    I'm so jealous of your setup, We have a community polytunnel on our allotment but that serves about 30 of us so space is limited.

    My Wife and I are currently looking for our 'Forever Home' with enough space to have a good sized tunnel and a fruit/veg area too. Would love to do something like this on our own land.
     
  5. easyrider

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    Good Luck!
     
  6. easyrider

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    Finished my triple section compost heap :D

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  7. wildest_jjk

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    Looks great! Keep up the good work, been enjoying all of the updates.
     
  8. easyrider

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    Cheers mate :)
     
  9. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

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    Comfrey, I just either dig mine into the ground at the end of the season, or compost it with everything else
    Putting it in water, shudder from the memories of the smell

    Any reason you put a roof on your composter? Most now recommend not to as it easy for it to dry out. I tend to agree, we inherited one years ago on our allotment and after a year it had hardly done anything as it had dried out from its own heat and the cover stopped any rain water getting in. Ours are now open and rot down well. This time of year if it goes a week without rain I put a watering can of water through them as you can tell they are getting dried out.

    I havent tried it yet, but one of the guys at our allotments is using rhubarb leaves for keeping pests off. Hes putting the leaves in water and letting them rot, but Ive seen people say just to boil them for 20 minutes and its as good.
    They say not to put them on food crops, but like anything a small amount I am sure is fine.
    The other year I did put the leaves directly on the ground around some plants and the amount of bugs on them was low, but not zero.
     
  10. easyrider

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    The Roof is to collect rainwater…I can always water the compost if I think it’s getting too dry…

    With the comfrey I’m trying the Dry leaves with bricks method.
     
  11. easyrider

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    Behold the purple vienna kohlrabi! :D

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  12. wildest_jjk

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    Looks like something out of No Man's Sky haha, especially on my new 4K monitor! :D

    Very impressive! Everything looks really healthy and growing well.
     
  13. mickyflinn

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    Theres an arm growing out of that .:eek:
     
  14. easyrider

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    Was very tasty…will be making some more homemade coleslaw with it…:D
     
  15. easyrider

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    :D
     
  16. easyrider

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    Strawberries are coming on well

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    Cabbages are massive !

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  17. rotters

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    thoroughly recommend you mulching the whole of your strawberry bed, it'll help with water retention.
     
  18. easyrider

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    Copy that,

    The local farmer is dropping me off a couple of sacks of Barley straw over the weekend. :D
     
  19. rotters

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    I'm going to be putting some photos of my allotment up soon will copy you in for some ideas if you'd like?
     
  20. Blackjack Davy

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    Yeah its fresh soil so you'd expect that the nutrients will decline in time and the soil is compacted underneath (turf is always compacted so you don't sink in it when you walk on it) it so they aren't going to make much headway into that it's also prone to drying out for the same reason as the two layers of soil aren't really connected.