Over the summer holidays, you and your family may have a little more time on your hands. While the kids are off school, or you are off work, why not take the time to undertake some summer holiday projects in your polytunnel? There are plenty of things that you could be doing, aside from the basic ongoing gardening jobs that crop up. Below are some summer holiday projects that you might want to consider putting some time and effort into this month:
Create a New Polytunnel Seating Area
Your polytunnel can be far more than just a place to grow a few veggies. A polytunnel can also be a place where you can chill out and unwind – a place for relaxation that you can enjoy whatever the weather. Consider putting some time into creating a new seating area in your polytunnel – or into improving an existing seating area.
For example, you could:
- Make some seating out of some old wooden pallets or other reclaimed materials.
- String up a relaxing hammock.
- Install solar lighting, so you can use a seating area into the evening.
- Plant some fragrant herbs or flowers around to make it an even more pleasant place to sit.
- Create a soundscape with a water-feature or chimes.
Install a New Irrigation System
Watering a polytunnel in the summer months can take up a lot of time. If you do not already have one installed, the summer holidays could be a good time to put a new irrigation system in place. This can take the pressure off you as the gardener and could give you more time to enjoy the polytunnel that you have worked so hard in over the previous months.
Implement A New Vertical Garden Idea
The time that you have available over the summer holidays could also allow you to improve the use of space in your polytunnel. Consider implementing some ideas to make use of the vertical as well as the horizontal space in your polytunnel.
For example, you could:
- Create a hanging shelf in your polytunnel.
- Hang baskets and other containers from your crop bars.
- Set up a stacking tower for summer salads.
- Consider a vertical hydroponic system for lettuce and herbs.
Other Summer Holiday Projects for Your Polytunnel
There are plenty of other projects that you could undertake in your polytunnel during the summer holiday – many of them are also great to do with kids. As well as continuing to sow and grow, you could also improve your polytunnel by creating new growing areas of all shapes and sizes and types. You could create a den for kids in your polytunnel, or a new crafting area… you could make a new herb garden, or improve the staging in the space… keep improving and keep moving forward and it will just become easier to grow your own food and to enjoy your polytunnel throughout the year. Let us know what summer holiday projects you are undertaking in your polytunnel 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.