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Polytunnel veg in 8 weeks?


 
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Polytunnel veg in 8 weeks? Reply with quote

This is a bit of a strange question, I know, but I have just finished preparing the ground for my polytunnel and expect to have it up in the next 2 weeks (weather permitting).

I'll be out of Ireland for a month from early August so do not want anything growing then - a month without watering will be veg genocide! At the same time, I've spent two months working preparing a very difficult site for the tunnel and am very excited, so would love to get something grown.

Now, as a veg grower I'm an absolute novice, so not sure of growing times and anything I read is times for outdoors - not polytunnel which I know differs.

So - can anyone tell me if there is any veg I could grow from seed to harvest from now to the first week in August?
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to get an automatic watering system and even at that a month is a long time in gardening. Perhaps you could get someone to keep a check on it while you are away. Idea It's a pity to cut the season so short after putting it up.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've considered the cost aspect of that and to be honest, after all the cost of the tunnel I want to keep my spending down for a wee while.

So - anything I can grow between now and the start of August??
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes consider radish lettuces, white turnips,salad onions,spinach, red beet. If you can get plants of courgettes, peppers, aubergines, all these would be worthwhile.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 11:29 am    Post subject: Thanks! Reply with quote

That's great, thanks Michael.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you not wait till you come home in sept. to put the plastic on? might have a good summer, ! you never kow and we are due a good one.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, might be an idea. Just that it'd be nice to have grown something before heading off.

Any idea how it is growing under plastic from September onwards?
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