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Justme

Does size matter? Is 6" enough?

Does size matter?

Is 6" enough?

I have been giving my wife a good 6" in the bed all morning.

She is still not happy & wants more.

So should I give her more or not?

What am I talking about?

Well muck of course well rotted farm yard muck.

Finally getting round to putting the polytunnel up (24' x 12'). I have dug out all the top soil & sub soil. Not a huge depth in total, around 15" - 18" ish.

Back filled with 6" of FYM & was going to put all the good quality top soil back on top then build the slightly raised beds & top off with some compost / soil mix.

I think thats plenty & far more than any other polytunnel that I know off.

Most just plonk it on the top & rotovate it.
Digindeep

Cheeky...  

So  how long have you known Poly Tunnel?    

Under the circumstances...and from my limited experience...6" is enough...well dug in that is.....    

goodlife

A lot of hard work for nothing really if fym as straw with it then when you put soil on top it will over the next week settle down to about a 1/2 " layer I find it better to just put it on top and then rotivate the lot this way it gives you a depth of at least a foot just my way of doing it  
Lorrainelovesplants

Surely it dosnt matter whether its 6 inches or not.....its quality that matters.
Justme

goodlife wrote:
A lot of hard work for nothing really if fym as straw with it then when you put soil on top it will over the next week settle down to about a 1/2 " layer I find it better to just put it on top and then rotivate the lot this way it gives you a depth of at least a foot just my way of doing it  


This is quite well rotted (couple of years) FYM not straight from the barn & full of straw.

I was thinking that whilst there was no cover or poles in the way I could do all the hard work with the digger in a couple of hours.
Digindeep

Joking apart, when ever I use FYM, always late in the year, November onwards, maybe October. Depending on the amount, I spread it over the area, as thick and deep as possible. Leave it on the top, dig it in early spring time.
This way not only does the winter rains and snow take it into the ground, all unwanted stuff like excess straw and even wood shavings tend to blow away in the wind. well at least they disappear.
For sure I would not dig it in just before planting. Even though its 2yr old or more, it needs to be weathered. MHO.
Rotovating, would only turn it over, as would digging it in, therefore a good chance of root-burn.
Root-burn equals a poor crop.
We all have different ideas on this, best of luck...
Justme

Root should be fine as the top 12" layer of soil & compost will be all they are growing in. Wont be rotovating or digging it in at all. At least not this or next year any way.

Any crops that dont like lots of muck wont get grown this year.

I to would normally do the FYM later in the year. Trouble was the spot the tunnel is going in had a static caravan on it till just a few weeks ago. Also want to do the cover when its warm as its supposed to be much easier then.
Justme

Giving it all 6" at once might be a shock but the idea was to get the new tunnel off to a good start.

The muck all went in a layer at the bottom with the top soil added on top. It was not mixed in so the roots should not get damaged by the muck & the plants will have to have deep roots to get at the nutrients. It just seemed so easy to do it now with the digger before all the beds went in & the cover was put on.

From now on the beds will just get little & often.








This shot is from the same spot at the second picture above, you can just see the green water butt.

LadySlip

we decided to put raised beds in our tunnel...tho not from the outset as you have justme..........and filled the bottom with fym well rotted/ing     and the top with bagged compost as couldn't get topsoil ....have had a decent winter growing season...brassicas did fantastically well .......we haven't got off the mark for this year yet tho
Justme

Quick question to all the pro poly tunnelers.

What cover would / do you use?

I have a nearly new cover that came with the bits I bought but I have altered the design so it might not re fit well.

I have been looking at new covers but they come in different types.

I know I want one with all the anti fog / drip 5 year UV protection  & 720 thick ect but do I want white, green, blue or almost clear?

Oh & one says not for use to over winter non hardy plants as its heat retention is poor but helps keep it cooler in summer.


Purely for aesthetic reasons I would like the green (which is said to mimic a wood land floor that has had the light filtered by the canopy).

We would like to be able to either grow all year round or at least seriously extend the growing season but without added heat.
LadySlip

ours is white antifog
ClaireK

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Surely it dosnt matter whether its 6 inches or not.....its quality that matters.


That depends on whether its a male 6" or a female 6"  

Claire
goodlife

Justme wrote:
Quick question to all the pro poly tunnelers.

What cover would / do you use?

I have a nearly new cover that came with the bits I bought but I have altered the design so it might not re fit well.

I have been looking at new covers but they come in different types.

I know I want one with all the anti fog / drip 5 year UV protection  & 720 thick ect but do I want white, green, blue or almost clear?

Oh & one says not for use to over winter non hardy plants as its heat retention is poor but helps keep it cooler in summer.


Purely for aesthetic reasons I would like the green (which is said to mimic a wood land floor that has had the light filtered by the canopy).

We would like to be able to either grow all year round or at least seriously extend the growing season but without added heat.


colour depends on what you want to grow plants that love shade ,plants that need full sun etc
to extend the season you will need as much light as possible either electric or natural  
Justme

Finally got round to putting the cover on. Up to now its had a temp cover on it.



The white door will have the panels replaced with solid ones & then a mesh screen fitted so the door can be left open. The empty door will have no vents in it either but will open into a netted area so no screen door needed.





Guess whats in the green sack?


Digindeep

Great job you have made of it, certainly should produce plenty of vedges.
Like the way you have decked it out also, nice easy access to the raised beds.
Well done that man  
LadySlip

Looks nice and tidy.....easy maintenance    nice job
Justme

The raised beds are set up so that a potting area can be fitted & also so that a wheel barrow can fit all the way through from one door to the other down either side going either way, or the paths could have been slightly smaller. The sloping ends (at alternate ends of each side) are to use up the space in the turns that the barrow wont go in to.
David Smith

Looks brilliant!

Best wishes
David
Digindeep

Well ! I can finally announce, my poly is up, not quite running as I have two more raised beds to build.
I must add certainly not on the grand size of yours Justme,    

Yours would almost fill my alloted garden area.
Finally I can at last make a start on emptying my over crowded G/H. of tom's, peppers and so on.
Justme

Its 24' x 12'
Digindeep

Wow! and looking forward to seeing it planted up....it will certainly look something

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