Using A Polytunnel For Your Winter Garden

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January is usually the time of year when there are a few inches of frozen precipitation throughout the garden and the ground may be frozen. Even hearty crops, such as kale, can be droopy and unattractive. You can find a few crops like Brussel sprouts and parsnips, but the work of retrieving them requires your warm winter coat. Most other plants are lurking below the mulch, waiting for warmer weather, unless you have a polytunnel.

You may wonder about the benefits of a polytunnel and the difference it can make in your winter gardening. The most notable benefit is that you can continue growing crops and plants throughout the winter and into the spring. When the sun peaks out, even during the frigid winter, the temperature inside a polytunnel kits will increase within minutes.

You can continue your gardening work inside a polytunnel and remain comfortable with simple clothes, such as a t-shirt and jeans once you purchase from a good polytunnel manufacturer. There is much work to do, such as clipping leaves, pulling weeds, and cultivating to harvest food for dinner. All this while the temperature outside your polytunnel may be below freezing throughout the day.

If you are a gardening fanatic, like me, having a polytunnel means you can stop dreaming about the gardening you will do once spring arrives. Inside your polytunnel, you can actually grow, sow, and harvest plants throughout the colder months.

Important Things to Remeber about Polytunnel Kits

Although there are commercial heaters you can use, which burn paraffin or propane, to keep the temperature warm throughout the winter, you need to be careful. When refilling paraffin, even a small spill on the soil can harm your plants. Do not refill inside the polytunnel, take the heater outside to refill safely.

Finding quality UK polytunnels for sale isn't as hard as it used to be and there are a number of great providers out there.

Horticulture fleece cloches can be added over the beds. Place a series of hoops over the beds, one every few feet. Next, allow the fleece to drape over the hoops. The fleece can be drawn back to increase sun exposure or to prevent the beds from overheating on warmer days. At nightfall, you can place the fleece back over the hoops to protect the plants. Fleece is available in multiple weights. I often use a heavyweight, which can protect plants located under the fleece up to -6 degrees Celsius. When the fleece is combined with the protection of a polytunnel, plenty of vegetables and salads will survive the harsh winter as well as other things. They will be available whenever you want.

Using a water butt is a great addition to a polytunnel. In addition, the bigger the one you have, the better. Not only will it be useful for watering inside the polytunnel, but it will help with heat retention. The water will absorb warmth when the sun is out and slowly release the warmth overnight. It is like having a small storage heater for your plants.


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Comments (2)

barbybrown writes: very nice garden
Posted: 5:05 am on January 22nd
camilleclay writes: yeh .. this is a big challenge in winter to manage our garden.. thanks for sharing this useful information...
Posted: 1:17 am on January 20th
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