The Greenhouse or Polytunnel Debate


The greenhouse /polytunnel debate

Another blog to add to our new year new garden series. The pros and cons of a greenhouse vs polytunnel.

Once you have made the leap to add to your garden you might decide to go even further and want to extend your growing season. This might be to increase your fruit and veg growth or just to protect your seedlings and cuttings and give them time to grow before putting out into the garden. Both a green house and poly tunnel can help to increase the growing season by having variables like heat, light under control they also can help keep away garden pests. Greenhouse A greenhouse needs a firm level base ideally concrete or fag stones. They are usually glass panelled and come in a variety of sizes. They increase heat retention and light transmission. They need only be cleaned out each season and can last many years. Greenhouses can be expensive and if glass panes are broken it can be difficult to replace them. Polytunnel A polytunnel is made by using sheet plastic over a frame. It can be erected over any ground or area. They can also be easily erected and extended if needed. Also, they can be made small if you are short on space. They also help regulate heat and help with light transmission. Polytunnels can be susceptible to condensation that can reduce light transmission and if not secured properly they can be damaged by windy weather. Both of these options will you allow you to start off growing veg earlier than planting outside. Allowing early harvests of some veg and fruit. Also adding the excitement of tying more plants that need more heat to grow…. What about a melon …….mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Adding a greenhouse or polytunnel however small can give you so many more options for your outdoor space. Something that can only increase your garden joy and sense of fulfilment about your garden. note – If you are an absolute beginner and a bit daunted about both a green house or polytunnel you can always just plant up vulnerable plants inside the house and grow until they are bigger then transplant outside. That’s if you have indoor space that wont be accessible to those who want to “help” e.g children and pets. Also you have to be sure the plats will be able to thrive once outside so you may have to wait for the weather to really improve or plants to grow substantially.  as with everything gardening its a whats suits you approach coupled with trial and error.

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