Sunshine…….showers, showers and sunshine – Whatever the weather, you can carry on gardening regardless if you have a Polytunnel 🙂 #smug
“LETS GO FOR IT” month and a very busy time of year in the Polytunnel but don’t panic…… take things one step at a time and you’ll get it all done. Before you start the more exciting jobs, make sure you’ve stocked up on Poly Tunnel gardening essentials…..multi-purpose compost, pots, hanging baskets, canes, hoe, rake, spade, trowel, string and batteries for the radio 🙂
Spring is finally evident as daffodils and flowering trees start to blossom and bloom. We should all be starting to feel the benefit of a spot of warm sunshine and longer days but proceed with caution; April can bring anything from a heat-wave to ground frosts and sleet….be prepared! It’s always handy to have a roll of Horticultural Fleece on standby just in case Jack Frost makes a sneaky appearance.
The Polytunnel can sometimes look a little bit drab and uninspiring at this time of year, (especially on dull, damp days) but if you make a good start now you will be rewarded with magnificent, flourishing, producing crops come the summertime. Keep a close eye on your new seedlings – as soon as they have their first leaves, prick them out into pots or modules for growing on in the Polytunnel.
If you haven’t already, give your Polytunnel a thorough Spring clean with Algon Organic to let more precious light in. Even if you think the polythene cover doesn’t need cleaning, you’ll be amazed at the results and your newly sprouting seedlings will thank you with bumper harvests for increasing light levels inside the Poly tunnel.
Continue with planting out seed potatoes; aim to get this job by the end of April. Complete the planting of onion sets and carry on making successional sowings of carrots, spinach, spring onions, turnips, early peas, beetroot, parsnips, lettuce, kohl rabi, radish, Swiss chard and sow sweetcorn, squashes and courgettes now.
Arrange bean supports by placing “wigwams” or rows of canes in preparation for your peas, climbing French and runner beans. It should be nice and easy pushing the canes into the soil, as the ground should be soft and workable.
*TIP* Toilet roll holders are ideal for growing all types of peas and beans to give then a long root run
Use a diary or note pad to keep track of which seeds you are sowing and when they were sown and planted out – it really helps later in the year. Learning new and interesting tidbits about Polytunnel gardening is as much fun as gardening itself.
Pick weeds out by hand or use a trowel or hoe. Hopefully, it is much easier to deal with weeds whilst they are small. Doing this regularly will mean a weed free Polytunnel, and nowhere for pests (especially shifty slugs and snails) to hide. As the weather gets warmer, bothersome weeds will grow in earnest. Regular weeding, before they become established, is important.
For more sowing and growing tips, why not download our FREE 12 month growing guides and top of the crops.
Originally posted 2016-04-01 09:00:38.