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whats best for growing in a Irish polytunnel ????


 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:30 pm    Post subject: whats best for growing in a Irish polytunnel ???? Reply with quote

Hi everybody,
Just like to ask people what they would reccomend to grow in a polytunnel which I have just purchased,my location is in Wexford,and I am more interested in gowing fruit,and salad veg rather than flowers,or plants.
Ideally I would like to grow, tomatoes,peppers,cucumbers,lettuce,garlic,strawberrys,grapes ?,and would love to know if peaches are a option?. any input on whats best and other fruits that would do well,greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on your new polytunnel, WexTom.
Everything you've mentioned in your post, and more can be grown in your polytunnel.
Within reason, most fruit and veg can be grown in the tunnel, often growing outside of their normal season.

I'd possibly just grow your garlic outside, leaving more room in the tunnel for more tender varieties.
Peaches can also be grown successfully in a polytunnel.
However, they will have to be grown as fan on canes and a system of horizontal wires, roughly spaced 15 cm apart. The fruiting side of the tree should face south. A peach tree on a dwarfed rootstock would be better as it will not take over the tunnel in a few years.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, delighted to hear that the peaches will be ok to grow.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The things we found easiest to grow in the tunnel were perpetual spinach, mixed lettuce, all sorts of herbs, cucumbers galore, courgettes, delish toms, and have just planted 2 vines I was given for Christmas ... one white and one red grape variety. Sunflowers in the right spot also look very dramatic in the tunnel too, and borage brings in the pollinating insects.
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