Monday, 2 March 2015

Polytunnels and Pussycats


Slowly but surely the polytunnel basics are taking shapes.  All the raised beds are now in place but these photos were taken just as Lovely Hubby was working on the middle one.


The pathways are in place ....


... and everything is solidly set together to make full use of the space in there.


The brackets you see in this picture are the supports for the work bench  Which is used for planting and potting up on, and then can be an additional shelf to hold the filled seed trays,  I am taking what I learnt from my last polytunnel and refining things slightly.


So this time there is a small paved area, just big enough for a small chair and a dog or cat bed, so I can have a sit down every now and then when reading up on things or drinking coffee (I used to have to perch on the edge of the raised beds), and while I work a cat or dog or both can join me if they want to .... and they always used to want to :-)


I'm really happy with how it's coming on, but unhappy that it would have been much further on this weekend but for the company sending us the wrong fixings, they sent us the clamps for 25mm hoops and we have 35mm hoops on this tunnel.  So we are waiting for our order of the right size to turn up and then we can get back in action.  Soon there will be polythene .... and then I will be back in action.


Meanwhile Ginger the cat is doing his Marlene Dietrich impression ... wanting to be alone.  He has a bit of a pussy cat cold and although we can't see him much around the house as he prefers his own company when he's off colour, we can hear little ' ptishoo, ptishoos' every now and then.  Poor puss  :-(

Sue xx

20 comments:

  1. Blimey! Those polytunnels look very posh! I'd imagined mine (when/if I ever get that far!) being a mud path and just beds with perhaps a small potting bench at the end. Yours are the Rolls Royce of polytunnels by the looks of things. I can't wait to see them up and producing!

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  2. Wow... it's all looking fab (I'm so jealous of it all). I bet you can't wait to start sowing seeds, and potting on etc., Hopefully, the poly action will start soon. Poor pussy-cat-wiv-a-cold, perhaps a nice few tit-bits for tea for him. CMW

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  3. Wow! Hardly pallet and baling twine type of smallholding here.
    Gill

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  4. Awww, get well soon, Ginger. I bet a nice bit of fish would go down a treat while he's off colour. Your polytunnels are looking fab, and it looks as thought they'll be all ready just in time for the new growing season.

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  5. Lovely :) So looking forward to visiting you later in the year to see how full to bursting they will be :)

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  6. Poor Ginger, hope he feels better soon.

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  7. are you on schedule though for everything you wanted to grow in the polytunnel's?

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  8. Poor Ginger puss! The polytunnels look a very professional operation. Very swish! I didn't know you had been on Escape to the Country. When was that, I must have missed it. I love that program! One of the few telly progs I watch from time to time!

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  9. I also have the sneezes, must be the time of year!

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  10. Looking good. Don't forget the hot-spot tape :-) even in Wales!

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  11. I would love a poly tunnel but we need to experiment with our growing first. The tunnels are looking good.

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  12. Your tunnels are coming on we are a bit behind you with ours, we have decided against slabs or fixed walk ways, I want to utilise as much growing space as possible, but we have gone for an automatic irrigation system.
    Looking forward to seeing yours fill up :-)

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  13. For Ginger, "Bless you!".
    Jane xxx

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  14. Poor Ginger, hope he's well soon xxx
    These polytunnels look the Bees Knees! I can only imagine the tasty food that will be in there soon. Hubby must be shattered!

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  15. Fantastic polytunnels. love that you have made pathways anfd growing beds.
    Rosezeeta.

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  16. Awww, hope Ginger is doing okay. You are definitely making progress on your project. My hubby would love to have the room.

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  17. ? Have you had Ginger checked for feline upper respiratory infection? Feline upper respiratory is contagious between cats and when they first come down with it, they may develop fevers and not eat due to not being able to smell their food. Fever is always an emergency for a cat, and not eating can cause other serious problems. Lysine powder on their food helps with the symptoms if they do have feline upper respiratory. Good luck with Ginger.

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  18. I love the set up in your tunnels. Really good idea to pave it, it will save you so much time weeding. Also I like the idea of somewhere to sit in the warm. Be quite nice to read a book in there! Is that sand added to the soil in the raised beds?

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  19. What fabulous poly tunnels! I'd love to have the space to put up something like this. Imagine how magical the produce will be which you can grow once completed! Do hope Ginger is better soon. Agree with other comment that he may have cat flu, which is a virus and takes 7-10 days to clear, but which sometimes becomes an upper respiratory infection that requires antibiotics.

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  20. Tunnels are looking fab. You are going to even busier than usual very soon, lots of plants to look after

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