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carols farm



Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 8:35 am    Post subject: Polytunnel advice  Reply with quote    

Hi i wonder if anyone can help, we have just erected a polytunnel and being new to growing under cover I would appreciate any advice on what to sow and when.
Does anyone have a polytunnel plan/calendar?

Many thanks
Carol

ros



Joined: 19 Jul 2005
Posts: 2469
Location: Beds
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't help you with the calendar I'm afraid
- but I would be careful using your email as your name you may find a lot of interesting (or otherwise ) stuff in your inbox!

and welcome to Downsizer

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
Posts: 4984
Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hi Carol, welcome,

We are also in our 1st season with a polytunnel, some things have been great and others not so great. Blight and caterpillers to be precise

good luck!

Last edited by pookie on Wed Sep 16, 09 9:35 am; edited 2 times in total

Mutton



Joined: 09 May 2009
Posts: 1508

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Look at Autumn 2009 article in the left hand menu for starters.

Look at the threads on what people are planting now/September.

Search for winter crops or suchlike terms.

(Assuming you want to get going right now. )

resistance is fertile



Joined: 24 Oct 2008
Posts: 1534
Location: The heart of North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 09 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Eliot Coleman-Four Season Harvest.

He's a star!

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6681
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 09 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi, cousin
We have got shallots planted for some early onions, lettuce (Little Gem) being pricked out now, turnips sown, young brassicas, radishes,autumn sown onion seed ( White Lisbon?)
I can't remember what Colin was putting in the last block, but I'll find out today if he has recovered from pony herding yesterday

fivespud364



Joined: 11 Nov 2008
Posts: 185
Location: well and truelly Somerset now
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 09 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes there is lots you can grow in a polytunnel its even worth trying things like a late crop of French Beans as well as many other things such as oriental greens, Salads, Pak choi, Komatsuna, etc as well as chards , lettuce, other salad stuff , peas, broad beans, onions, shallots, garlic , brassicas etc etc

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 09 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Spuds.
Stick them in now & you will have a small crop of earlies to have with your roasties on Christmas day.
You can do the same for an early spring crop as well.
Spinach & oriental salads.
Bulbing fennel.
As well as F&V there are quite a few cut flower crops that harvest winter early spring as well.

VM



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 1748
Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 09 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fennel?

When would you sow it and when would it be ready to eat.

We've had our best ever outdoor crop this year, but I didn't know you could overwinter it.

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Posts: 18397
Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 09 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you get Kitchen Garden Carol? Joyce Russell has a monthly column in there called 'Under Cover' about growing your own in a polytunnel. It's very good indeed and I follow her tips and advice avidly.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 09 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Regular hoovering is supposed to be important.

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