Our New Polytunnel Is Constructed In Less Than A Day.
We achieved a lot on the vegetable plot this weekend. The new polytunnel frame was constructed on the area we dug over with the Smalley mechanical digger last week. I dug out the trenches with my trusty Azada and long handled shovel and number one son constructed the frame.
A farm neighbour from down the road turned up early on Saturday morning and taped the metal tubing to stop the plastic rubbing against the tubing. He had experience building his own poly tunnel. So there was 5 of us involved in offering the plastic, pulling the plastic and shoveling the soil over the plastic to make it tight and solid.
Here's a picture of the soil covered plastic in the half full trenches.
Yesterday we planted 6 rows of early potatoes. Again I used my Azada to open up the trenches. Then I forked a barrow of well rotted fym into the trench with my four prong pike. The missus placed in her Aldi bought seed potatoes which we chitted for a few weeks in our front room. Then we covered up the potatoes and placed sticks at both ends to know where we had planted our little spudatoes. Solanum Tuberosum if you're posh.
Here's the finished tunnel in all it's glory. My Azada is in the front of the photograph. It's called the 'Crocodile' and manufactured by Chillington tools. They are fantastic for digging up soil and vegetation without bending your back. I noticed quite a few smallholders on our holiday in the Algarve last year using them. The tunnel is 12 foot x 20 foot and it cost us 500 Euro. Plus I gave my neighbour a few beer tokens for helping us construct it.
Inside the tunnel. Notice the vintage tractor rims and a modern plastic bath (drilled with drainage holes) for planters. The path is Mypex landscape fabric. I need to get some 6 inch nails to hold it down. The green-windbreak on the back gives the tunnel great ventilation.
Organic poultry manure pellets are in the green bucket. Again these came from my Aldi garden centre. The door is made of polythene and wooden battens. I am going to make an inside windbreak door to give more ventilation and keep out the cabbage white butterflies, Domino our cat and birds.
The seed potatoes just about to get covered with soil.
What's your next project on your allotment or smallholding?