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bubble wrap

05 December 2011 19:18:16
i am toying with putting up bubble wrap in the tunnel as extra protection, i am just looking for advice as to how much of the tunnel i need to cover and how far up towards the roof i need to go? or should do the whole lot? the tunnel is being cleaned so that i can put in the bubble wrap

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Clara Clara 05 December 2011 19:31:49

Oh Kitty that is a big job and an awful big area good luck with it.


kitty kitty 05 December 2011 22:36:33

i am not sure what i will do clara and i definately wont do it on my own.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2011 23:00:26

Monty Don suggested making a "room" inside a greenhouse or tunnel by hanging the bubble wrap as a "wall" - he was planning to make the small insulated bit into a heated area so he didn't want to heat the whole thing!


kitty kitty 05 December 2011 23:07:34

hi hazel i was thinking of running the bubble wrap along the sides, i saw that about dividing it but i wont be heating it so dont know how it will work out


kitty kitty 05 December 2011 23:13:05

hazel how many sides of the greenhouse did you do in bubble wrap?


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 December 2011 10:26:20

To be effective you need to make a cocoon of bubble wrap - so all sides covered. It is easiest to run the bubble wrap up and over in one continuous piece - you can hold it in place by putting strings along like a washing line. I would do the ends of the area by hanging some down like curtains. I don't think the little fixing things that come with the wrap will work on a tunnel as they go into the slots of the frame of the greenhouse. What you are trying to achieve is a little micro-climate inside the bubblewrap. It is surprising how much heat it will hold in even without having a heater in it. Any heat it gets during the day from the sun (yes, I know, What sun?) is retained and helps to prevent the frost rom getting in. If we get weather like last year you might think of putting even a few candles in holders in it at night!!! It takes very little to raise the temperature those vital few degrees!!!!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 06 December 2011 14:21:03

Kitty Hazels giving good advice there. I make a little 8x 8 room with a door in my greehouse and then bubblewrap it this insulates it better and also cuts down on heating when it need the frost guard fan. I squeeze all my more delicate plants into that space using shelving but I check them regularly for grey mould and pest and such like. Best just make a space big enough for what you need to cut down on cost.


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