Tuesday 24 May 2016
Poly Tunnel 2 Happy Dance
Yes it is all up and running, the second poly tunnel or otherwise know as Citrus Grove.
Saturday we spent the day turning the inside of the poly tunnel from a building site to a growing area,
Membrane had to be laid
Sand brought in and levelled
Then the slabs could start going down
This end of the poly tunnel has been laid 3 deep in slabs and is to replace my greenhouse,
Paths had the same treatment I could then get the edging done, I managed to get one border dug over ready for planting on Saturday evening, there were some strawberry plants left over from the fruit cage so these got popped into a bed of there own in here, they will be a welcome early fruit for us next year.
The remaining two borders were left until Monday as we were out on Sunday
Now all dug over edging in, gravel around the outside edges of the slabs to fill any gaps, all the citrus trees are planted into the middle area, come winter I will be able to fleece the middle area and give them some extra protection.
The far left border has been planted up with tomato plants, after I took this photo and along the back of the tomatoes I popped in the red onions I go from the show for free,
The other border will be planted up with the potatoes and cucumbers, along the front of both borders I will stick in some extra salad veg.
The front area still needs clearing, on my list for this week
My growing area is a delight a clean tidy space, that can be used to overwinter plants, there is another water barrel to be brought in here yet,
My lemon pips that I germinated are now producing leaves
4 of the 5 are now growing on well, the fifth one was a late starter
I planted out some Basil and Coriander in the space at the front of the strawberries
It has really shaped up this year, 2 poly tunnels, fruit cage and we have the raised beds in this area.
Its great to have it all finished, it was hard graft but its done and its another of those jobs we wont have to repeat.