Lets see – Oh yes, April showers. Well, that’s not going to bother you in the Polytunnel. It’s a wonderful gardening space at any time of year, but particularly when it’s chucking it down outside.
April is the month when the Polytunnel Gardener has to start taking care of two vitally important things on a daily basis – ventilation and watering. The sun in April is as strong as the sun in August, even though it might not feel as warm. In the sheltered space the the tunnel the interior can heat up extremely quick. Unless your careful, the combination of heat and a lack of water will quickly lead to crop loss.
Keep your eyes peeled for those pesky little slugs that will start appearing round about now. Unfortunately, little slugs have the habit of growing into big, fat slugs once they’ve feasted on the healthy plants you’re growing…which then have a habit of being not quite so healthy.
So…a little time spent ridding your polytunnel of slugs now will pay big dividends later.
For more really useful advice and tips, check out our monthly Growing Guides and Top of the Crops
With a bonus Bank Holiday thanks to the wedding of ‘you know who’, April is a fantastic month to find the time you need to catch up with all those essential jobs.
And if the weather’s as kind to us as it was in March, how about sneaking in an early BBQ too?
What to sow in your Polytunnel in April – Cucumber, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Basil, Broccoli, Sprouts, kale – (to name just a few)
What you can Harvest in a Polytunnel in April – Broad Beans, Cabbage, Turnip, Peas, Rocket, Spring Onion, celery, radish – (to name just a few)
Originally posted 2011-04-01 10:42:28.