Whether you are new to the idea of growing your own, or want to branch out and expand your home growing efforts, a polytunnel can be a great addition to your garden. A polytunnel can make it easier to grow a wide range of produce throughout the whole year. Check out our handy guides and crop information to find out more about getting started and feeding your family year round. If you are interested in green, sustainable living and want to live more ethically, a polytunnel is an invaluable addition to your life! If you are asking yourself ‘Do I need a polytunnel?’ the answer is found below:
What A Polytunnel Can Do
The Polytunnel has almost become a badge of honour for hobby and commercial growers for the following reasons: –
- Polytunnels increase the length of the growing season, produce higher yield and allow crops that are difficult or impossible to grow outdoors to be included on the Grow Your Own list of goodies.
- With colder winters..Hotter (wishful thinking) summers, it’s really hard to know what to expect as our climate continually changes. Polytunnels provide the gift of gardening outdoors indoors, whatever the weather and create enhanced growing conditions. Fruits, vegetables and flowers grow faster and stronger when sheltered from winds, warmed by the sun and protected from frost.
- A Poly tunnel provides a winter growing season. This we believe is one of the most valuable uses of the polytunnel and with the correct crops can provide harvests virtually throughout the entire year.
- Poly tunnels are easy to construct and provide the perfect environment for growing and propagating rare species as well as fruits and vegetables not usually found on these shores. Creating your own microclimate, you can grow crops “out of season” 52 weeks a year!
The Environmental Argument for a Polytunnel
For individuals and for businesses, a polytunnel can help greatly in the transition to a greener and more sustainable way of life. Owning a polytunnel can make it easier to grow your own food, which is one of the best steps an individual can take the reduce his or her carbon footprint. Of course, a polytunnel will have a carbon cost at the point of manufacture, and there will also be a carbon cost associated with transporting the polytunnel to your site. This carbon cost, however, is offset by the carbon reduction represented over the lifetime of the structure.
The food we eat accounts for a huge proportion of our individual carbon footprints. Fossil fuels are used to grow much of the food available to buy in supermarkets, and additional carbon costs are involved in transporting food around the world. the best way to reduce the carbon cost of the food we eat is to grow as much as possible on our own properties. A polytunnel not only makes it easier to do this, for more of the year, it also makes it possible to grow foods that it would not be possible to grow outdoors where we live – thereby reducing our desire for exotic foods grown in geographically distant locations.
By making it easier for individuals, communities and businesses to grow their own food locally and organically, a polytunnel can allow you to ‘opt out’ of the damaging systems of mass agriculture and this can also help to reduce other forms of environmental pollution.
A polytunnel can also help tackle the problem of plastic waste, since buying less food will allow us to reduce the amount of plastic packaging that we bring into our homes each year. Waste such as plastic food packaging can also be put to use in your polytunnel and there are a range of innovative ways in which you can reclaim and re-use items in a polytunnel which would otherwise end up in landfill.
Other Reasons You Need A Polytunnel
For the individuals who own them, polytunnels can be beneficial in a number of ways. You need a polytunnel to:
Improve health by giving us access to fresh, organic produce year round.
Improve health by giving gentle exercise when gardening
Improve general mental health and well-being.
Save you money on household food bills.
Be an intense source of satisfaction!
A polytunnel is far more than a practical garden tool (though it certainly is that) – you need a polytunnel to improve your whole way of life, and allow you to live better – in a wide range of different ways.
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Sean Barker is the MD of First Tunnels, and is enthusiastic about providing quality gardening supplies to gardeners across the UK