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Growing a Vegetable Garden in a Polytunnel
Growing in a polytunnel extends your vegetable growing season. A polytunnel enables you to grow fruits and vegetables that are out of season or exotic to your region. They provide weather protection, a sheltered place for nurturing seedlings and can enhance your enjoyment of your home vegetable garden. A polytunnel can expand the scope of your food growing and is the perfect way to pass an hour during our not so pleasant Irish weather with your kids whilst teaching them how to grow their own fruit and vegetables by giving them their very own bed inside the tunnel
What is a polytunnel?
A polytunnel is basically a large framework of semi-hoops covered in polythene plastic. The polythene traps the sun’s energy creating an increase in temperature. The polythene is treated to resist UV damage. Polythene can have a thermal, anti-fog cover that prevents moisture forming into larger drops that will block sunlight or drip on the plants. Structures must be clad in fabric to prevent damage to the plastic when it rubs against the frame. A polytunnel can also be called a plastic or polythene tunnel or greenhouse, growhouse, polyhouse or poly tunnel.Cheaper than glass greenhouses, some people think polytunnels aren’t so great looking but I think they’re gorgeous. This is probably because I’ve experienced the steady year round stream of delicious food that flows out of our own polytunnel. Others question the environmental cost of the structure against the savings resulting from growing a large amount of your own food. However, growing a vegetable garden that supplies you with fresh and organic food (without food miles) is pretty green.