How to easily create more growing space in your polytunnel or greenhousePosted by Fiona Nevile in General care | 9 comments
Somehow people seem to be much more creative and imaginative in polytunnels than greenhouses. I picked up the idea of floating shelves from the excellent book by Mark Gatter and Andy Mckee How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel. Of course the subtitle ‘All the Year Round’ was the initial hook for me.
We are so lucky to have our Solar tunnel. It’s stronger than a polytunnel and withstood the February high winds. And the time when I tripped over the wheelbarrow handles and bounced off its sturdy cover in a ghastly stomach wrenching ‘Am I going to damage it?’ moment.
The Solar tunnel has brilliant staging too. Strong and sturdy it can cleverly be folded up into the frame when not needed. But even if I had 100 meters of staging I know that it would never be enough. The more you have the more that you are encouraged to fill the space. It’s addictive.
Floating shelving, placed carefully to avoid shading sun loving plants is a boon. It gives more space and at this time of year is a real advantage for housing seedlings, away from the ground, before they mature and go onto bigger starring roles.
I found some growbag trays (?!) in Homebase for my shelves. I reckoned that these could double as large saucers for several sturdy pots on the ground later in the year. I probably will keep a couple of shelves up, lined with capillary matting for pots that need TLC as the summer goes on.
I used horticultural wire to string them up. It took just five minutes to assemble and hang each shelf. I reckon that I’m going to use at least one in the greenhouse this year too.
If you don’t have enough space on your staging or ground in your polytunnel or greenhouse, why not give floating shelves a go this year – the only way is up?
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