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sirpsycho
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tunnel is 10ft wide x 16ft deep and around 8ft high.

Basic materials:
Polythene and anti-hotspot tape from nad.ie
60mm duct piping from dublin builders providers for the hoops.
48mm 5foot scaffolding poles a scaffolding supplier.
8foot scaffolding boards
4 x 2 timber
2 x 1 timber
Builders band
Lots of screws (1,2,4 & 6 inch)
Cordless drill (lidl special)
Lots of elbow grease.

The hoops worked out around 6m each.

Based it on:
http://www.overthegardengate.net/userpages/pp_view.asp?fname=polytunnel&page=1

And:
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=74134761
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good link here also:
http://paulsallotmentblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/build-your-own-polly-tunnel.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: And they're off for 2012! Reply with quote

Hope to keep updating this thread again this year.

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2nd Jan 2012 haul.

Still getting carrots and parsnips and swedes. They kept great in the mild non-winter.
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Some staging I built in the tunnel. Cant go wrong for €2.20 / 16 foot length of 2x1.
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Had some leftover plastic from tunnel so I dug out a simple pond.
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21st Feb 2012 - looking a bit bare.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Onions planted. Mixture of white and red, mostly white because they dont bolt as often as the red.
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Found some frogspawn in a puddle of water so that got moved to the pond. A couple of weeks later there's tadpoles galore.
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36 x shallots started off at home for a couple of weeks.
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Created bed #9 (beside pond) and dug out and broke down the clods on some others.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Spuds in 30L polypots. Spud bags cost an arm and leg in Ireland. I got these from a Scottlish garden centre for cheap. 2/3 filled with compost and added 130gr of general fertiliser. Experiment!
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Raspberries taking off. Blackcurrants and another strawberry bed in the background. Got raspberries as a few spare canes off a friend last year.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some updated photos. Things moving so slooooow in this damp cold weather. Evil or Very Mad


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Garlic - looks a bit strange?
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Gooseberry bushes are flying along.
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Pre-chitted parsnip up and running. A slug got VERY close... got hit by a blue pellet of death!
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more...

ps. Right-click over the image and "view image" to see the large version of it.



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Peas are dead slooow this year.
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Spuds coming through now.
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Most of them appear to of made a recovery after the frost got 'em.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And more...


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Even the onions that dont mind the cold are on strike.
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Pak choi and only a few broadbeans this year. Only so much you can eat.
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Wind-break around raspberries and blackcurrants that were getting a right battering from the wind.
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Some freakily big tappoles knocking around the pond.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And a few more...


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Turnips going crazy in the tunnel.
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Planted out some tomatoes in the tunnel. They not looking the best, hoping that they pick up soon.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone any ideas on the garlic photo above? The red bit on the stem seems very strange!
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Fair play. No idea about the red bits on the garlic. Got rust on mine, shows up as orange dots.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirpsycho wrote:
Anyone any ideas on the garlic photo above? The red bit on the stem seems very strange!


Look like Garlic scapes. Scapes are the flower stalk.

http://www.goinglocal-info.com/my_weblog/2008/06/garlic-scapes.html

http://www.extension.umn.edu/projects/yardandgarden/YGLNews/YGLNewsJuly12007.html

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?start=110&num=10&um=1&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=647&tbm=isch&tbnid=fqxmiIKSOaqiHM:&imgrefurl=http://blondiescakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/garlic-scape-lemon-pasta.html&docid=2kblxyfp5T_8VM&imgurl=http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6011/5956454133_e138dc0bf9.jpg&w=500&h=381&ei=favCT8juD5Df8QOG6ZzKCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=985&vpy=218&dur=3491&hovh=196&hovw=257&tx=139&ty=101&sig=105050878957448920657&page=6&tbnh=154&tbnw=191&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:12,s:110,i:77
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the garlic had to be dug up, first failed crop of the year Sad It all went to seed. I picked off the flower heads but all the blubs split up in the ground, I'll post some pics later.

I was watching Gardener's World last week and Monty was telling people to pick the flower heads off garlic - all his were exactly like mine. Must be the weather. I wonder has his bulbs split up too...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Monty Don also, and he maintained that it was the weather that forced the onions and garlic to go to seed early. He cut the seed heads off so that the growth would go back into the bulb. I did as you did and cut the seeds heads but my onions and garlic have not split.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the photo of the garlic. Sickened about it still. Rolling Eyes


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