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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Start of a Polytunnel

07 April 2010 19:27:17
It's a start - James and Connie discuss the Progress

It's a start - James and Connie discuss the Progress

Well eventually all the talk about making a polytunnel has bourne fruit and last week an area in the lee of the hedge was cleared and some preparation done. I have been busy teaching Pony Club camp but this afternoon I could here hammering and lo and behold there was a frame being put in place to raise the area and some materials had been bought. Johnny and James were busy at work so it is a case of watch the space and see what happens.

Planted potatoes into bags and these are now in the kitchen garden by the hedge, onions beginning to peep up think I can just see carrots appearing and the milan top turnips have germinated, raspberry plants and gooseberries look as though they are settling into their new home well. Won't have any time probably till Saturday afternoon for the garden but work is a necessary evil unfortunately.Will put up some photos of the flowers in April later with any luck.


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J.D. J.D. 07 April 2010 19:31:11

Great to see that the menfolk have an imput into plans too. :)


Tracey Tracey 07 April 2010 19:51:41

There's nothing like seeing progress being made to spur you on.  Looking forward to all the tips on polytunnel growing.  Good luck!


Hoeys Hoeys 07 April 2010 19:58:38

Congrats on your start. looks good so far if you need any extra info let me know. i am sure you can not wait to fill it up with plants..


Diana Diana 07 April 2010 20:13:46

looking good when will you be able to plant in it?  What kind of bags have you got your potatoes in if you don't mind me asking Geraldine.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 07 April 2010 21:26:42

Great to get the polytunnel up at this time so will have a whole growing season in it! Hope it gives you much pleasure, as well as rewarding you with produce.


LNolan LNolan 07 April 2010 22:36:03

Great to have the opportunity to be able to grow in a polytunnel. Best of luck with it. Was wondering same as Diana, what kind of bags are you using. Its something i might try myself as i'm not in a position to plant in the ground yet.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 April 2010 23:46:52

Good luck with the new polytunnel Cloncaw.A major help to veg, growing etc.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 April 2010 00:06:48

Thanks everyone it's great that the seeds sown have eventually germinated and with any luck the polytunnel work will continue. I'm flat to the mat teaching tomorrow so won't be able to have any input as it develops.

Diana and Liam - Planted the potatoes into tall platic bags that I bought in Homebase last year. Plan to get some more to finish the early potatoes used some of the soil and compost mix that was got from Glaslough peat will top the bags up as potatoes grow. Still need an area for the main crop potatoes but hoping that once the polytunnel is finished that the additional raised beds will be made in the kitchen garden.


Wellie Wellie 08 April 2010 21:55:17

Great to have the lads get on with iteven if you have to work, your tunnell will pay for itself in the first season I bet, best of luck with the building of it and I know you'll enjoy it.


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