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what can I grow in my polytunnel now?
Mon 18-Oct-10
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Terrier
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I've just cleaned out my new(to me) mini polytunnel this weekend after it being full of tomatoes and chillis all summer. Am I too late to plant anything that will grow in it during the winter. I was intending to use it to store some of my more temder plants and stuff, but I'm also keen to keep growing stuff. Any ideas anyone?

Sun 24-Oct-10
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I have planted up cabbages that will stand over winter, mustard greens, swiss chard and some broccoli to see how they will do but then again I have a huge polytunnel and I live in Latvia so planting these outside is not an option. We had our second lot of snow yesterday, thankfully all gone but very mushy ground.

Mon 25-Oct-10
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I've overwintered mixed lettuce in a mini tunnel before and chard outside but I think this winter may be rather harsher.  Try it and see - for the price of a packet of seeds it's gotta be worth a go.

Wed 27-Oct-10
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Our lettuces, broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens are doing fine in our polytunnel despite temperatures dipping close to freezing most nights in the polytunnel.cheers

Wed 3-Nov-10
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Hello Maria from Bulgaria here, very excited as today my dear prtner presented me with a cold frame! now my dears what can I grow in my lovely cold frame it is insulated too!

I was hoping maybe rocket?   I have never used one before so it would be the idiots guide to a cold frame but i would be very grateful, I dont want to grow too many vegy more flowery me, although we do have some lovely brustles coming on! thank you in anticipation! no snow here yet day temperatures around 6 up to low 20s overnight around 0, but it can go as low as -26!  last year we lost all but 1 grapevine! chow!

Wed 3-Nov-10
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wave Hello Maria, welcome to the forum;  If you jump up and down you can wave to ep, she's in BG too.

I've no idea about poly-tunnels but someone will be along sooner or later to help you out.

I'll try that again!

Wed 3-Nov-10
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Hi Maria wave How about some herbs? Flowers and culinery uses. Marjoram seems to last quite well here in Latvia and it gets pretty cold here too so hopefully in an insulated polytunnel it might last, although it might still need a bit of heat. Heat doesn't have to be complicated and if you have manure that might be enough by making a hot bed cheers. There were instructions somewhere on the Madame Scarecrow discussion roll_eyes, somewhere!!!!

Wed 3-Nov-10
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Maria  - how about garlic, it needs a good cold winter in a cold frame, you can plant now, or in spring. if you plant now then you get bigger bulbs next summer.

Wed 10-Nov-10
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Hello Joanna and Terri and other green fingered friends, thank you for the advice, i am going to try a few herbs, rocket, salad leaves and yes terri garlic, also im being very brave sweet peas!

At the moment here in Bulgaria we are experiancing extremely warm temperatures for the last 6 days averaging around 25c in the shade! t shirts and breakfast and lunch outside!.   last night at around 11.30 pm it was 17c!   Butterflies are still around! we wont be fooled the cold teemperatures will be here soon enough though!

Infact it has been so warm we havent been able to have our (piggy) hes a big boy now prepared for the freezer) apologies if I have upset any one regards piggys future, but needs must.   We have to wait until temperatures drop to 2c we think!

Joanna is Latvia warm at the moment! me thinks the UK is a little wet and windy! chow for now Maria.toffeeapple

Mon 7-Feb-11
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What can I grow in my polytunnel now....NOTHING! The wind has collapsed one side of it this morning, which has then ripped through several of the seams, and damaged the door. I've tried patching it up a bit this aft, but to no avail.

Inside I have two mini greenhouses, which have been double protecting a load of plants, due to the wind getting into the tunnel, they have blown over and all the plants are on the floor, out of thier pots as well - tut!, it's been one of those days

Mon 7-Feb-11
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wave  Janet, I am so sorry.  That is awful news.  Any chance it can be repaired fairly cheaply.    They are expensive to replace.  I am glad mine is in a very sheltered position and  am hoping that is not famous last words.

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Mon 7-Feb-11
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I thought mine was shelter, or as best it can be round here, we are on open flat land round here and the wind does whistle across our fields, when we bought it I managed to blag a bit of the horses field for it to go in, as it was sheltered by a large privet hedge. unfortunately the wind seems to be coming directly from the south (quite rare round here) and so it got it side on.

Busy gardening tomorrow till mid afternoon, then I'll go and see what I can repair. ended up scrabbling around on the floor tonight as it was getting dark, shoving what I could back into pots. Bloody sick!

Tue 8-Feb-11
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I'm so sorry to hear the news about your polytunnel Janet, such a frustrating thing to have happened and I hope you can get it fixed very soon.  big_hug

I'll try that again!

Tue 8-Feb-11
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So sorry Terrier I just read your post about your polly tunnel, what a blumin nuisance! must have been a freak wind, we had 1like that, like a mini tornado, ripped our summer kitchen flaps to pieces!!

Costly Im sure,some of the  Bulgarians, take the polythene off come winter, then put it back on say, March, otherwise they too would have theres ripped to shreds.

Dont let it get you down! ttfntoffeeapple

Tue 8-Feb-11
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Hope you have managed to salvage most of your plants, Janet (may I be so familiar?) and can repair the polytunnel.

 

Husband would like a polytunnel, but our garden is like yours.....large and flat, with trees down one side and along the bottom, but exposed along the longest side which just happens to be where the prevailing wind comes howling across from the Somerset levels.  Not easy to work out exactly where to put one, should we be lucky(!!) enough to get one.

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