Exciting news, the polytunnel has been dispatched. It’s winging its way to our house as we speak and will hopefully arrive no later than tomorrow. It is 6m by 3m wide (2m high). I have never grown in one before and will more than likely get a lot wrong however I have decided to try a bit of everything in there. We’re going to put long beds along each side and I need to fit a couple of trees in there (tiny things) too.
So the most obvious solution is to divide the beds into 1 metre lengths. They will be filled with muck and turned in to the ground that’s already there. They will be 1 scaffolding board high from the ground (this also means we can use some of our muck which is always on the list of things to do). The carrot bed won’t have any in.
So I plan on growing in there the following – the list is subject to change!
Bed 1 Cauliflower and cabbage
Bed 2 Calabrese and PSB
Bed 3 Peas and beans
Bed 4 Courgettes and salad leaves
Bed 5 Early strawberries
Bed 6 Mangetout and other peas/beans (I have lots)
Bed 7 Tomatoes and cucumbers (not sure if this is “allowed”)
Bed 8 Early potatoes and pots of mint
Bed 9 Squash and corn
Bed 10 Carrots and radish (no manure in this part of the bed)
The remaining 2 spaces will be for the trees and herbs.
I’m hoping the above growings will be ready a bit before the outside space, to extend the growing season. Once the first earlies are done in the polytunnel then something else will go back in their spot. I’ll make sure that the space is filled and keep records for next year.
We’ve also got the greenhouse which I will be growing tomatoes, chillis, sweet peppers and cucumbers in as well as using that to bring the seeds on ready to go into the cold frame and planting out. We had loads of tomatoes last year but even that wasn’t enough so I’ll be trying some outside in the south facing garden too.
Are you growing anything different? I feel like I am growing a typical veg garden which I love the thought of, but all ideas welcome.
Oh and in other news, the 3 main geese have started hanging around with Ryan now. Maybe they will accept her (we named her Ryan before we knew she is a she!)? I