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what can I grow in my polytunnel now?
Tue 8-Feb-11
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JoannaS
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You have my deepest sympathies Janet, I know exactly how frustrating it can be, this is mine roll_eyes

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Tue 8-Feb-11
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Oh Jo, what a shame, mine's not quite as bad as that, Mike has bent some of the poles back in to thier original positions this morning, I've repotted most of the plants this aft, but as we had other stuff to get done, I've not managed to patch up the cover yet. The poles are holding it all in shape, but won't hold up to any more strong wind. I need to reinforce the poles somehow.

Wed 9-Feb-11
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You both have my sympathy, it must be so disheartening to see that.  Bless you both. big_hug

I'll try that again!

Wed 9-Feb-11
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We half expected it really when we heard the weather reports, having said that we expected the plastic to break not the joints to give way. What we probably need to do is to organise some help and get the thing up and running by the beginning of April when the snow goes. Thinking of making a small greenhouse just to get things started. cheers

Wed 9-Feb-11
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went and looked at it again this morning and it had survived the night, but then when I got back gardening jobs this aft, it had caved in again, went and nagged Mike to come up with some sort of strenthening, we've put leaning struts up against the two main frame poles and am hoping that'll do for the time being. Going to write to the manufacturer (worth a try). I have an old white plastic garden table in there that I have trays of plant on, I could move that over the struts if they hold and it would keep the polytunnel workable - fingers crossiged.

Jo - yours looks a much bigger job

Thu 10-Feb-11
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Lol Janet, it is a big job indeed. We will need extra help, so if anyone fancies volunteering then let me know. Hopefully though we will get it up in April, not much good beforehand as we need the snow to go or enough clear days to be able to get it done. whistle

Thu 10-Feb-11
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Still holding up, and I've written to the manufacturer.

Would love to come over and help JO, but don't think I can afford the airfare at the mo

Fri 11-Feb-11
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Oh that's a shame cry

Sun 13-Feb-11
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I thought of you both the other day when we were in north Devon and passed a collapsed polytunnel. It looked a mess, and hard to put right. big_hug

Sun 13-Feb-11
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JoannaS said:

You have my deepest sympathies Janet, I know exactly how frustrating it can be, this is mine roll_eyes

 


 

Oh Joanna, that looks much worse than I imagined. big_hug

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Sun 13-Feb-11
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Thanks for the thoughts Barbara, feel sorry for the other folks too.

It was much worse than we imagined too Ruth. When we heard reports of the snow we used to say that we wondered if our polytunnel was still standing. It isn't completely bad news though as it was timber and most of the timber is reusuable somewhere. cheers Our biggest decision is how to rebuild it.

Sun 13-Feb-11
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Really sorry to hear of these polytunnel disasters - it's so disappointing when you are expecting to extend the seasons and everything collapses.

 

Our Solartunnel seems to be very sturdy (so far) and the covers are very thick. It does stand in a sheltered spot although it's frost pocket. Our main worry is that a lot of the poplar trees in the wood beside our garden are dead or dying and that one will fall on the tunnel or one of us. It has already happened pre tunnel. In windy weather we don't go in the garden now.

 

I didn't brush off the snow before Christmas but reading this thread I definitely will if it snows again this year.

Sun 13-Feb-11
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Been bidding for a new one on ebay - there have been some damaged ones for sale - where the plastic has been slashed whilst being packaged, but they've all gone for more than I'm willing to pay. bought some repair tape instead. Really windy again tonight, so keeping my fingers crossed that the struts hol dup

Sun 13-Feb-11
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wave I do hope it is okay Janet. big_hug

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Sun 13-Feb-11
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So do I Danuta, had a busy day planting seeds today " will need somewhere to put them all when they start shooting

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