Growing your own plants, herbs and vegetables is a wonderful thing. Creating a garden can bring you great satisfaction. It’s incredible to turn your backyard into something beautiful, or better yet…tasty! But there’s also the fact that you’re doing something beneficial and environmentally-friendly while saving money on your grocery bill. It doesn’t get much better than that!
But what do you do during the colder months, when the weather can wreak havoc on your plants? Why not consider Building a Polytunnel in your Garden? This is a great option that will allow you to keep your garden growing longer and more efficiently.
What is a Polytunnel?
A Polytunnel is similar to a green house, but they’re usually made of a plastic material in the shape of an elongated semi-circle. Polytunnels can create a more beneficial environment for plants by raising the temperature and humidity. They also protect plants from intense heat, strong winds and other environmental elements. This extends the growing season for many fruits and vegetables. Polytunnels allow the grower or gardener to be in better overall control of their crops.
Benefits of a Polytunnel
There are many advantages to building a Polytunnel. Not only does it extend your growing season, but it also offers some other unique benefits.
Here are a few Polytunnel Benefits:
- Grow a wider range of plant life.
- Control the climate.
- Save money. It’s far cheaper than installing a greenhouse!
- A range of sizes and convenient movability.
How to Build a Polytunnel
So if you’re wondering how you can go about building your own, you’ll be pleased to know that you can source kits that contain everything you need in terms of building materials. These pre-made kits are the easiest option and can be found in many garden retail outlets. Once you pick up the kit, it’s a simple process to get your Polytunnel set-up. Let’s go through the steps.
Watch the Video Below for Step-by-Step Instructions:
Select the spot in your garden where you want to install your polytunnel and make sure there is ample access room into and around the area you’ve picked.
Dig out holes for your foundations to the depth indicated by your kit, or to something suitable to support the frame. Then position the foundation plates into the holes, and if you wish, secure them by using a brick to hold them down.
Put the frame together using your kit’s guide and make sure any fastenings or bolts are attached tightly.
Step Four (optional)
If your kit comes with a rail for the base of the frame, lay this down between the foundations and then attach it to the frame. Not all polytunnels have these and sometimes your cover sheet is secured by digging-out extra foundations.
For each section of the frame, drape over the covering and attach it to the base rail or foundations. Leave enough extra to fully cover each section and for it to pull tight.
Step Six (depending on size)
Some polytunnels come with doors to hang (particularly larger ones), if it does get someone else to hold this in place while you attach it.
So there you have it, your very own polytunnel. All there is left to do is step back and admire your handy work and get growing your plants!
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