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Post by Dandelion on 11th July 2016, 6:10 pm

freebird wrote:That looks absolutely amazing

Just what I was going to say!

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Post by Jaded Green on 14th July 2016, 6:00 pm

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Post by FloBear on 16th July 2016, 8:57 am

Wow from me too, Ploshkni. You'll be going into business soon selling off all your suplus produce!
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Post by Ploshkin on 8th August 2016, 2:38 pm

One of my main reasons for wanting a polytunnel was my inability to grow tomatoes in my greenhouse any larger than cherry size that had a flavour. I'm not holding my breath for great flavour as we have had so little sun but these are my toms so far. It's interesting what Freebird said about spacing because I realised that my plants are quite a bit further apart than 3 in a growbag which is what I have always done in the greenhouse. My fruits are twice the size of any I have had before.
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Post by Ploshkin on 14th July 2017, 1:29 pm

I see I haven't bored anyone with my polytunnel since this time last year.
It going well again. The strawberries had more of a big flush than last year when they ticked along continuously. They have produced lots of runners this year which I need for new plants but they are now fruiting again. Nothing seems to be struggling but we have had some really good weather - too hot in there sometimes. My experiments for this year are melons which are looking extremely promising and sweet potatoes. They have healthy growth but I won't have any idea of success or not for a few months yet. My peppers seem to be much healthier than last year - I've got them in bottomless pots on the bed and they seem happier that way. They were in the soggy corner last year.
The area surrounding the tunnel is naturally acquiring a nice collection of wildflowers. I just keep a couple of paths through the grass. Anyway, pictures from last week.



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Post by FloBear on 14th July 2017, 1:52 pm

Lush! Very Happy
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Post by Chilli-head on 14th July 2017, 2:16 pm

Your polytunnel pictures could be used as an advert, I reckon. Everything always looks so enthusiastic in there !
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Post by Ploshkin on 14th July 2017, 2:46 pm

The answer is shit Chilli Head, unlimited quantities of it.
My neighbour started a polytunnel last year too but she grows too many things, too close together and they are all rather weak & don't produce much.  I keep telling her to bring a trailer up and relieve out muck heap of some of its contents but she hasn't. She was here the other day on bee business so I took her over to my pt and she was quite astounded.  There was only solid clay in there which is why most stuff is in bottomless pots but I was really pleased to see that, after only one season, the beginnings of some decent soil are already apparent.  All down to my army of worms I think.
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Post by freebird on 14th July 2017, 6:09 pm

Wish I lived nearer, Ploshkin. I would relieve you of some of your muck. Polytunnel looks fab.
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Post by Chilli-head on 14th July 2017, 10:34 pm

Ah yes Ploshkin. I have to slip a local farmer £30 for a trailer load of good shit ! I've been using it more generously last autumn and this spring, and the squashes certainly like it !
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