Some useful hints and tips for using the polytunnel:

Labelling: Before putting plants in the polytunnel(s), please label your pots, trays and anything planted in the beds, with your name and plot number.

Watering: If you are happy for other people to water your plants when they look dry, please put on of the blue labels in your pot.


Disease: Please remember that what you do in here will affect other people’s plants much more than outside on the plots.  Infection thrives in these conditions.  For instance, tomato blight was rampant in here last year and may well strike again.  The stronger your plants are, the less vulnerable they will be.

If your plants are diseased, mouldy, infested or dead, someone else may have to remove them.  No one wants to do this!  So please keep an eye on them yourself to avoid the problem, and consider not using the space if you can’t do this reliably this year.

Some recommendations:

•Label everything with your name, just in case.

•Please don’t water other people’s plants unless specifically requested to.

•Unless it’s especially cold outside, the doors will need to be left open for ventilation most days, so please help with this.  Just remember to close them when you leave the site!

•Feel free to remove snails, and weeds as long as you’re sure that’s what they are!

•When watering, give a full amount, rather than frequent dribbles. Don’t assume a plant needs watering every time.  The tunnel can get very damp, especially in wet weather.

•Inspect your plants several times a week to check for moisture, rotting, moulds, pests, diseases.  Remove the plant straightaway if you spot a problem and only bring it back if it’s no longer infectious.  If you’re going away, or unwell, or just too busy to get down here, do find out if another plotholder can keep an eye on them for you.

•Keep plants moving along, rather than have them sit here for months taking up room and providing a breeding ground for problems.

•Remove plants to your own plot when they are ready to go outside or to your compost or household garden waste bag when they’re finished with.  No one has the job of getting rid of your stuff!

Growing in containers

•Use potting compost rather than garden soil.

•Use clean containers, to reduce disease for your plants and other people’s.

•Remove any weeds so they can’t take hold in the compost – they will deplete your plants and potentially seed themselves in the tunnel.

•Remove all containers when they’re finished with. (Some beautiful ones from last year are in the shed, awaiting collection – others were taken to the tip in desperation!)


Growing in the ground

•Avoid planting the same crop in the same place each year – see the wall notice.

•Don’t plant hardy crops that could be outside in the spring or summer.

•Feeding and mulching your plants will help keep them going, as the soil here isn’t the best.

•Sowing seed directly after the green manure has been dug in won’t work, so either wait a few weeks or plan to sow plants at home and plant them here later.

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