Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Preparing to be green-fingered #garden

I really want us to start to grow our own, it hit me recently during our weekly shop that the fresh fruit and veg, cost up to a third of our whole shop!


So I got to looking into the best options available to me, we have quite a gusty garden and I was already unsure how a shed would fair, so when I started to look at greenhouses and damaged caused by the wind, I was quickly pointed in the direction of a poly-tunnel.

Premier Polytunnels have an extensive range and optional extras, with sizes of up to 30ft wide! The benefit of the poly-tunnels is its more robust when it comes to the forces of nature, not to mention thrown stones! The cost difference to that of glass is greatly reduced!

So what could I be growing in my tunnels? 

January

Rocket, Spring Onion, Lettuce, Cabbage, Spinach, Cauliflower, Turnip and Beetroot.

February


Every thing above but add in Carrots!

March

Everything above but now we can start growing Tomatoes and Strawberries!

April

You can still grow most of the above bar Strawberries and Tomatoes, but now we can add in Potatoes, Peas and Broad Beans.

May 

We should be focusing on Sweetcorn, Spring Onions, Courgettes, Cabbage, Cucumber, Lettuce and Carrots. 

June

Hopefully we should be mainly harvesting, but refilling Carrots, Cauliflower, Lettuce and Cabbage, 

July

Keep up the good work as above but can start to refill with Beetroot and Strawberries too!

August

We can start to grow Sweet Potato! Along with Peas and Turnips.

September

We can still grow Strawberries, which is great news! Along with other basics like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peas and lettuce. 

October

Growing starts to slow here but we can still plant, Broad Beans, Peas, Spring Onions and Cauliflower.

November

Less options to plant this month but need to ensure you plant your Garlic to ensure a good root development!

December


Grape vines can be an option to plant, roll on the Christmas wine!

I was quite surprised by the variety of fruit and veg that could be grown all year around using a poly-tunnel, meaning we could be making significant savings on the weekly shop, possibly enough in the year to cover the cost of the tunnel itself. I hear a challenge coming on!

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