The Christmas holidays are a great time to take on some projects in your polytunnel. If you have children, this can be a good opportunity to get your kids involved in projects that can help you manage your polytunnel growing efforts in the months to come. To inspire you to make the most of your polytunnel, here are five DIY polytunnel projects for the Christmas holidays:
Make Some Biodegradable Plant Pots For Seed Sowing
One great project to get on with at this time of year is making your own biodegradable plant pots, so you will be ready to sow your first seeds in the new year and into the spring. You can make your own plant pots using newspaper, toilet roll tubes, or papier maché. You could also consider re-using egg boxes or other cardboard packaging.
Make Your Own Clay Plant Pots
If you want to make something a little more permanent in which to plant your seeds you could also consider making your own clay plant pots for a container garden. Air-dry clay will not be watertight, but you could consider making pottery if you have (or can make) a home kiln. If you use yoghurt pots and other plastic packaging to grow seeds, you could improve the appearance and function of your windowsill or polytunnel container garden by creating air-dry clay outer liners to place around the outside of your plastic pots.
Make Some DIY Plant Labels/ Plant Markers
Another fun DIY polytunnel project for the Christmas holidays is co-opting the kids or other friends or family members to help you make plenty of DIY plant labels or plant markers for the coming year. You can use a whole range of natural items such as stones or sticks to make your plant labels, and be as creative and artistic as you wish.
Make A Seed Box or Tool Box To Store Items For Your Polytunnel
Keeping your seeds and tools in an orderly way can make your life a lot easier as a polytunnel gardener. Why not take on a small woodworking project. Even those with only very basic skills can make a seed box or tool box to keep those items in order. You could use wooden pallets or other reclaimed materials to make your basic box, which can then be decorated in whichever way you choose. Why not get your kids to decorate their own boxes with images of the things they want to grow?
Make A New Seating Area for Your Polytunnel
Another fun project to take on during the holidays is improving the function of your polytunnel as a recreational space, as well as somewhere to grow food. Check out our other guides, which will help you determine how best to create a new seating area for your polytunnel. Whether you want to create a space for rest and relaxation, a place to dine, or a place to chat and play, you can do so far more cheaply and easily than you may imagine. For example, you can make bench seating with old wooden pallets, or a hammock using reclaimed fabrics… there are plenty of cool seating ideas for your undercover growing space.
What DIY polytunnel projects will you be taking on in your polytunnel this Christmas holidays? Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.