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what can I grow in my polytunnel now?
Sun 13-Feb-11
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danast
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wave  I have not started to plant seeds yet.  I think it is still too early for me in Scotland.  What do you think Janet?   You are more experienced than I am.  I do have a polyvtunnel too to put my seeds in.

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Sun 13-Feb-11
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Well I'm a bit later than usual with some of my seeds, but I read somewhere that it doesn't pay to start that early, later ones soon catch up, but I jut get so excited at the thought of what's to come.

I usually start them off in unheated propagators inside the house in a south facing window, this is my first year with the tunnel - if it survives the current problems. So not sure if I should put them in there, I thought the added overnight heat in the house would just help to get them started.

Not sure for you Danuta, looking at the forecast tonight on countryfile and looks like you're getting more snow, so possibly you might be a bit early. What do you plan to plant ?, I've been doing a few herbs, tomatoes and chillis

Sun 13-Feb-11
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wave  I do have some chilli seeds sown and in the window of my lounge.  I will be growing tomatoes, but don't want to plant them yet, lots of other poly tunnel veg too and for outside in my raised beds.  As usual I will be growing lots of herbs and as usual I shall probably fail miserably  in growing basil.  I have no idea why, but it never seems to thrive for me.

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Sun 13-Feb-11
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Ooh Basil, the taste of summer, well it's too early for basil yet. Although I'm a bit the same as you, I read that basil needs to be kept quite wet, so I'm going to try some deeper bigger pots this year, so it doesn't dry out so quickly.

Mon 14-Feb-11
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wave  I'll try that too then.  Any hints gratefully received.  welldone

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Mon 14-Feb-11
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I'm busy making a hot bed in my solartunnel at the moment. I'll post instructions when I know what works. It's only a small one - for early strawberries and to get the cucumbers and a tomato or two going early.

I've sown flower seeds in jiffy7s in the solar tunnel and have germinated tomato seeds indoors. Sweet peas in pots with a plastic bag over are just peeping through.

Am thinking of sowing lettuces and spinach in the tunnel - under cloches at night.

Has you polytunnel book arrived yet Danast? It's pretty good for timings and ideas.

Mon 14-Feb-11
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wave  Yes Fiona, I have my book.  It is the best one I have seen.  Thanks for recommending it.  I am enjoying reading it.  Love the month by month guide and in fact the way the whole book is set up, lots of great ideas and tips.

 Are you making your hotbed as per instructions in the book? 

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Mon 14-Feb-11
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danast said:

wave   Are you making your hotbed as per instructions in the book? 


 

Now I'm interested but does it have to be out in the polytunnel...can't the neighbours see in???big_laughbig_laugh  and why follow the book...be original.............whistlewhistle

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Mon 14-Feb-11
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I've done a lot of research Danast and taken ideas from all over the Internet. I might do a little one like in the book but ATM I'm working on digging a pit with a cold frame over the pit. The pit has finally been dug 2.5' deep. On the surface it measures about 4'x2'. It has been filled with a layer of twigs and then 160 litres of a straw and horse manure mix. This has to be turned and left until the heat stabilises. Then compost and soil is added and the cold frame placed on top. I  will be blogging this when I know the ins and outs.

I'm doing this as I want to play with the idea of using straw and manure to heat the tunnel in winter. Saving cash and producing a good supply of organic matter to dig into the garden the next spring.

I'm also looking at using a channel for watering crops - with slatted platforms above (not my idea!) as this could also be used to house the straw and manure in winter. I really want to get the very best out of our tunnel and cut down too much work - after the initial hard work investment!

Mon 14-Feb-11
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EP - I loved your comment! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

 

Back to horticultural hot beds. Yes you can make them outside - even just piled up with a cold frame on top. This method is covered briefly in the book The Victorian Kitchen Garden.

Mon 14-Feb-11
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Serious stuff..mine was filpant....sorry to polytunnelers eveywhere....sorry  but I' still concerned about raised beds in the polytunnel...I have nosy neighbours....embarassedembarassed

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That's fine - it made me giggle laugh

 

Mon 14-Feb-11
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ep said:

mine was filpant....


 

Fil pant? eeek

I'll try that again!

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wave  Brilliant, just brilliant.   big_laugh

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Toffeeapple said:

ep said:

mine was filpant....


 
Fil pant? eeek


 

OK the wine bottle is out and it's been breathing but obviously I've been resuscitating it quicker than it was dying....not quite mouth to mouth...there was a glass in between.....whistlewhistle 

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