Operation Polytunnel

After a couple of weeks of waiting for the right conditions ( a warm day, no wind and both of us home) yesterday was all systems go to get the polythene on the polytunnel. This is the third one we’ve done, not the biggest but definitely the trickiest site with that bank dug away to level it. As I’ve had to drag myself out of the garden to start lesson planning for next term and don’t really have time to blog 😦 I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Phase 1

Start with a neatly folded package of polythene. How hard can this be?

Start with a neatly folded package of polythene. How hard can this be?

Unfold lengthwise. OK, so it's big . . .

Unfold lengthwise. OK, so it’s big . . .

Position alongside the frame. Suddenly remember we should have stuck hotspot tape to all the ridge bars . . .

Position alongside the frame. Suddenly remember we should have stuck hotspot tape to all the ridge bars . . . slight pause while we catch up.

Pull polythene over frame: that was much easier than anticipated.

Pull polythene over frame: that was much easier than anticipated.

Weigh polythene down in a couple of places and leave to warm in the sun.

Weigh polythene down in a couple of places and leave to warm in the sun.

Phew, that wasn’t too stressful. At this point, Roger – who is training for a marathon – decided to go for an eighteen-mile run, maybe not the greatest idea when high energy and sense of humour levels would be needed for Phase 2. I stayed calm and put the kettle on. . .

Phase 2

Pleat the polythene around the doorframes at each end: trust me, wrestling crocodiles would be a snip after that little battle.

Pleat the polythene around the doorframes at each end: trust me, wrestling crocodiles would be a snip after that particular battle.

Backfill trenches to bury polythene and stretch sides.

Backfill trenches to bury polythene and stretch sides.

Trim away excess polythene around doorframes . . . nearly there.

Trim away excess polythene around doorframes . . . nearly there.

Et voila - we're done!

Et voila – we’re done!

Still lots to do to tidy up the inside, but news hot off the press: Roger has just planted some lettuce seedlings. Hooray, we’re back in business. Time for a beer. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Operation Polytunnel

    • No, neither can I – don’t remember seeing that particular instruction in the handbook! Needless to say, I didn’t rush to join him, I’m saving my energy for all that planting now. 🙂

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    • Good luck! I must admit, we will probably go for tension boards along the sides when this one needs redoing, they’re expensive but trying to stretch the polythene against a bank was not easy. Still, they’re a great thing to have, aren’t they? Can’t wait to get planting. 🙂

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