1) Better and faster growth
Many more gardeners and homeowners are developing an interest in growing their own vegetables and fruits, becoming in effect, partly self-sufficient. Some people manage full self-sufficiency when it comes to fruit and vegetables.
We all understand what plants need to grow but we also all understand how difficult managing the British weather can be. From hailstones in summer to damaging autumn rains, there is only so much we can do to protect our crops.
With the fantastic climate of the polytunnel to work with, your crops will be better protected, promoting better and fast growth. They can often grow for longer periods too, all without washing artificial nutrients through the soil.
2) Creating your own microclimate
As we’ve said, the British weather is notoriously difficult to predict and manage but under the cover of the polythene tunnel, you create the best growing climate your plants need to thrive and survive – and for longer too.
You control the climate in your polytunnel, from throwing open the doors for a lovely through breeze on a warm day to battening down the hatches against nighttime frost.
3) Natural pest control
Pests are a nuisance and the damage they cause to crops can be an expensive calamity, more so if you are relying on what your garden produces to eat.
In the polytunnel, there is an extra layer of protection not just against the weather but against pests too. In fact, it is easier to control pest problems naturally within the polytunnel. Not all pests like the environment created in it, so they usually stay away.
And with open doors and vents, the breeze that can gently move through the tunnel carries many small insects and bugs out with it.
4) Stable and durable
The metal hoops and tough polythene cover are incredibly durable and robust. This creates a stable structure that will see off most inclement weather. Keeping it free from heavy piles of snow and ensuring that any tears in the polythene cover are quickly fixed will see it last a long, long time.
We work with many gardeners, domestic and commercial, as well as schools and other organisations to create polytunnels that answer their fruit and vegetable growing needs.
Many people start off small – they may even invest in a small, cold frame style polytunnel – and then move on to the full head height version. If you want to expand your polytunnel, you can do.
Modular designs ensure that you can ‘grow’ your polytunnel by adding an extension. Or, of course, you can fit another one alongside your existing one should you have the room.
Greenhouses were/are popular sights in many a garden across the country. But these glass buildings come at a considerable price, even for a very small greenhouse. For the price you would pay for a small greenhouse, you could invest in a medium-sized -if not bigger – polytunnel.
The best polytunnel to choose is not based on size or cost but what it can offer you in terms of growing space and longevity in the growing season.
7) Other benefits of polytunnels
Higher yields, more plant choices and a bit more fun too.
For example, you can take a tea break in the polytunnel, enjoying the warmth of your own mini microclimate to seep into your bones and admire your handy work. You can garden in relative comfort, without the biting wind at your back as you dig over the soil.
You can also try to grow more unusual vegetables and fruits that maybe don’t thrive as well in open ground at the mercy of the British weather.
But more than that, you can begin sowing and planting much earlier in the year and that means with some plants, you can crop them twice.
Is it something you would enjoy? Why not take a closer look at what a polytunnel could offer you and your garden?