Monday, 14 March 2016

In the Polytunnel Today


A quick glimpse into the polytunnel as it is this morning.

Still lots to eat -

Carrots
Cabbage
Kale
Spinach
Beetroot
Radish
Mixed Leaves
Celery

A few Spring Onions but not quite big enough to pick yet, and I've just pulled up the last Kohlrabi!!


The big colander is full of stuff for the chickens, all the nibbled at leaves and off-cuts and the smaller one for bringing into the house.  I feel a fresh pan full of soup will be in the making soon.

I just need to do a tidy up now, harvest the last of the carrots and generally make some space to get ready for new vegetables to go in the beds.  Lovely Hubby drilled the raised bed edges and made holes for the water pipe hoops to sit in.  These will form support for a vital additional layer of warmth when covered with the fleece for all the seedlings in their unheated propagators ..... the ones I am about to sow.

Sue xx



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    1. Haha .... I do seem to specialise in 'wonky veg' ;-)

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  2. you must grow a special strain of clean carrot, mine always come out of the ground with about 5 minutes of cleaning attached to them!

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    1. Nope, I have a washing up bowl in the belfast sink that sits outside the polytunnel that collects rainwater ready to wash vegetables as they are harvested. I do not want to be washing my valuable soil and compost down the drain into our septic tank. The soily water then gets poured back onto the ground, keeping soil where it should be.


      Simple but effective.

      The vegetables then get a second wash in the kitchen in salty water.

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  3. You should be very proud of yourself growing produce like that through the winter. I know it has been mild but it has also been wet and often mould is a greater threat than cold.

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    1. I have learnt through experience that ventilation, no matter how cold it gets, is the answer to stopping mould in the polytunnel. There is a two inch strip of mesh always left at the top of the two pairs of doors through Winter.

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  4. Your ploytunnel looks so neat and tidy! Im ver impressed with all the produce.

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  5. I'm hoping to make a start tidying our greenhouse. Perhaps I need to add extra insulation so I can grow in there during the winter.

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    1. I have never found a way to do this without paying for heating. Greenhouses and polytunnels are two completely different growing areas.

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  6. I am greatly impressed susan

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    1. You are now on a final warning .... this is NOT my name :-(

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  7. Just wonderful. Wish I had one, but don't have the space you do. Have a great week.

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  8. Wonderful! Have you any experience with container gardening? That is all I can manage where I live and I'm starting some herbs.

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    1. I grow herbs in an old tin bath and in pots, last year I grew Tomtatoes in tubs and large bags and I have always grown some veggies in stacked tyres, so a bit of container know how. I always find you get brilliant results from container growing as long as you get the feed and water right.

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  9. Great results, making me feel hungry again

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  10. Lots of growing in your poly tunnel!!! Your harvest looks great.

    God bless.

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  11. oh so lovely love the water bowl and dump back into the soil

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  12. Beautiful and tasty looking veg you have, Sue.
    I have polytunnel envy. ;)

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  13. This is so inspiring! I've got a day off to work in the garden and the allotment today and I shall start all fired up to see how I can achieve these kinds of crops next year in the limited space I have for some kind of cover. Thanks again Sue!

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