Polytunnel Party!

Well what a day that was! Bright but frozen, full of bird song, it started beautifully. I wandered round the corner to my parents’ house a little before 9.30am, dawdling in the glory of the spring sunshine. A pair of Pied Wagtails were pottering around at the mini roundabout down the end of the street, flying off as I approached. A Dunnock was singing in entrance to industrial estate, whilst a female Blackbird was fastidiously leaf-turning, watched by a Blue Tit in bushes above.

A few months ago, AMP and I purchased a polytunnel (via a for-sale page on Facebook, always a good place to seek out a bargain), and it has sat in its boxes in our shed ever since. Today we were at last going to attempt to put the polytunnel up, and had roped in my brother and parents to help – considering none of us had done one before it went surprisingly smoothly!

The process of slotting all the poles together, tightening the nuts and bolts and stretching over the cover, was great fun, as we all worked together and had a good laugh, fuelled in part by a combination of jokes and silly voices/impressions plus my mum’s homemade sausage rolls!

The end result is brilliant and full of potential… Not only will it extend our growing season, give us a space to grow heat-loving crops such as peppers, tomatoes and aubergine, but also somewhere to work/hide when it rains!

Now she just needs a name, and a grand opening! (And we need to put our feet up, collapsed on the sofa, with a cup of tea, a slice of cake, and the six nations rugby!)

I can’t wait to set up a potting bench, nestle the roots of some seedlings into cosy grow-bags, and nurture a healthy harvest with the aid of a little sun and water!

I have lots of ideas, but I’m interested to know: what top three crops/varieties would you grow in this space? 




One Reply to “Polytunnel Party!”

  1. Maybe zucchini and butternut squash? As to naming the polytunnel you could go with Polly but if that’s too obvious maybe Basil (this only works if you get the Fawlty Towers reference).


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