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    Really, in that store? I think they're dear compared to what you can find online. Might be worth looking around Aoife

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    I guess it comes down to how much you have in your pocket, how much space you want (you can never have enough) and how much space you have available. Sounds like you're on a tight budget (aren't we all) so if you have the space a polytunnel would be good. Consider though that you would need help putting it up. It'll be a win win either way though

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    I had this dilemma a few months ago.

    As my space was limited (max area was 10ft*16ft), I plumped for the more permanent greenhouse, at a greater cost (500 instead of about 300), but knowing I shouldn't have to potentially change the polycover around every 3-5 years.

    However had the area been larger (say 25ft or 30ft long) then I would definately have gone for a poly, due to price.

    You can pretty much grow the same plants in both.
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    You can get 10 years out of a polytunnel cover if you're careful

    Aoife, you should decide how much space you have available, then work out the cost of filling that space with a greenhouse and then with a polytunnel. The only major rule of undercover growing is that it's never ever big enough, so decide on the space first, then work out the costs, then choose.

    Cats don't need to be in there at all IMHO. You'd be better off with a cat-flap into the house, or maybe the shed.

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    BTW, love your name - I wanted to call both my daughters it but my wife said no as people would spell it wrong

    back on subject - I have a glass GH at the moment, and the next structure for growing undercover that I buy will be a polytunnel. My GH is 6x10, and cost quite a lot of money. For the same amount of money I could have bought a larger poly.
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    Don't forget the second hand sites for GH if you can be patient. I check them regularly, waiting for that special one that comes along every now and then. donedeal.ie and adverts.ie will have at least a couple every week.

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    When we were deciding on this, we realised that for the space we had, a polytunnel was way cheaper than a greenhouse of the same size... in fact, we could afford to put in a tunnel with an irrigation system, crop bars, storm bracing, large front doors, base rails etc - for half the cost of a basic greenhouse of smaller size....

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    Indeed. I was looking at a 10x20' tunnel for what I paid for my GH :/ Wish I had of thought of that before I bought the GH!

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