Life in the polytunnel is good.
The sweetcorn is thriving, there are flowers on the Alicante tomatoes and the spinach seeds sown last week are already creating their first true leaves.
The first early potatoes are maturing nicely, another 35 days to go before firtling! The beetroot and lettuce look amazing too. I’d never have tried growing those in the tunnel with reading How to grow food in your polytunnel all year round. It’s really clear, with month by month sowing, growing and harvesting guides.
I feel the need to explain the pink watering can. Three reasons: 1. it meets my FUNctionality criteria 2. I’m the only female in the house and they don’t understand pink 3. I thought it highly unlikely that another plotholder would ‘borrow’ a pink can!
Fleece is on standy-by for next week though.
I have a pink watering can – well, it was bought for my daughter when she was small and loved watering. It does a very good job, though, of keeping seedlings alive.
I’m amazed by the growth of your veg in the polytunnel, anyway. You are going to have lots of lovely food very soon 😊.
I’m also amazed by the speed and strength of growth.
Oh I do have polytunnel envy now! (to add to my shed envy….). Remind me how big this is? I have a bit of space where I’m now wondering if I could somehow put a mini-polytunnel. You really have made this look beautiful, and your plants are enviably advanced. What an inspiration!
Thanks and for proper polytunnel envy take a look at Claire’s blog, smallholding dreams. My tunnel is 10×20 – I went with the maxim of getting the biggest that space and funds allow! I started out with a 6×8 ebay tunnel, which was brilliant for 3 years, until the green mesh plastic started to degrade.
It all looks and sounds really good. As well as the colour of the watering can I was wondering about it’s slightly unusual shape.
And happy birthday…that is if I’ve got the date right! xx
Thanks Mike and for the birthday wishes (how did you know?) I’d not really considered the shape of the watering can, but now you mention it… I get slightly less wet carrying two flat sided cans full of water from tank to plot.
Sharon you’re welcome. I saw that it was SMP1704’s birthday over on Allotments4All and guessed that might be you.
That’s always a hazard when using watering cans. xx
Super sleuth 🙂
It looks brilliant … and a little like my kitchen (we don’t have a greenhouse/tunnel yet, so it’s getting hard to move around all of the plants … roll on frost free mid-May 🙂 )
I’m impressed that you have space for so many plants in your kitchen and that they’ve not been knocked over.
It’s a little precarious. No casualties yet, which is miraculous with four boys charging about … but fingers crossed they’ll all be safely outside in a few weeks. *phew*
Your poly tunnel looks amazing! I started growing sweetcorn in mine last year, then moved it outside to plant out & promptly forgot about it. I would love to grow it inside this year, I’m assuming yours grows well indoors & you don’t move it around?
Thanks Daisy. It’s a bit experimental for me tbh. I’ve had a polytunnel before but treated like a big greenhouse, with just toms and cucumbers in grow-bags. Having the soil beds expands my options for growing veg under cover to get an earlier crop and/or a more reliable crop. Sweetcorn likes heat and a well-fed root run. It has both in the polytunnel and isn’t bothered by the fierce winds we’ve had – no young plants enjoy being battered by cold winds! Where ever I grow sweetcorn, it only gets moved once – from the root trainers where they started as seeds into their final growing position. Hope that helps.
Thank you Sharon, I really appreciate the advice. I have planted up my sweetcorn seeds in their ‘toilet roll pots’ & await the first shoots. Watch this space…