Sunday 20 April 2014

Tips for getting started with a tunnel

• A typical tunnel for home gardeners is 3x6m /10x20ft in size with a height of about 2m / 6ft. For suppliers, check out Colm Warren Polytunnels or


• Get as big and tall a polytunnel as you can possibly afford or have space

for. You will always want more space for growing and the head space will

be appreciated when digging.

• It should be positioned on well-drained soil and on level ground, in a sunny spot, orientated east-west.

• Chose a warm, dry day for erecting the tunnel. This will make the polythene supple and easier to pull tight. Get lots of help – it's perfect meitheal work. Thorough anchoring of the plastic in the soil is vital.

• In the summer, there can be extreme heat in the tunnel. You should build in as much ventilation as possible.

• If well fitted and maintained (washed each year with a soft brush and warm, soapy water), the polythene can last 10 to15 years.

• Watering is essential. Having a tap in the tunnel, or close enough for a hose connection, will save a lot of effort.

• A bench, shelf or table provides a great location for propagating seeds.

• I can recommend Joyce Russell's excellent book, 'The Polytunnel Book' (Frances Lincoln).

Also in this Section





Now available on

Top Stories

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News