Sunday, March 18, 2018


Polytunnel/Shade House

The past weekend has resulted in the part building of the Community Garden polytunnel. The parts of this have been sitting in the container for a year now, and given to us by a farmer I believe. It was way to high and 60 cms was cut off each pole. It is still about 2.4 metres high.

8am start

Some preparation of the  main poles being concreted in, was done earlier in the week.

A working bee on the weekend was organized , and the arches were put together and raised. Initially the whole thing had been cut in half to transport, so was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle working it out.

Morning tea time by we 2 ladies at this stage.

 We also had a couple of really nice, but very heavy gates and these will be used  for keeping it locked and protecting the seedlings as one day we hope to sell them. The 2 local nurseries have now closed.

Looking good

The shade cloth was purchased from a grant, about 9 months ago,  and was used to cover it. We had a lot of trouble fixing it to the board surrounding the base. Although John purchased the correct metal clips, they were useless. In the end they got it fixed with something else.

This polytunnel shade house is 6 m by 4 m and quite big to cover. The green cloth is 50% coverage, and suitable for what we will do. It will also save me a great deal of time starting and looking after seeds at home.

The next trick will be how to sort joining the centre, for another day.

Till next time.


  1. i like your new 2nd hand tunnel; we have a community garden here as well but sadly not many of the community uses it; we have 2 tunnels, was is a wicking bed which doesn't do much, doesn't stay moist like it supposed to but it's here now, waste not want not.
    caught up with some of your other posts too, you have been very busy!
    thanx for sharing

  2. Wow, that is huge. This is looking great! It's amazing to see how much you have managed to achieve in such a short amount of time. Well done!


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