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    Default Allotment Plans - it's not wrong, it's just evolving...

    As some of you know i've been working on my first allotment trying to get things ready for the season ahead. Everything has been dug and the 1st round of weeding has been done. And then i got the greenhouse itch.........i scoured the net/papers/adds/ and freecycle and didn't land anything. And then Christmas came early and i was offered an old nursary polytunnel.........4m (13') wide x 6m long (20') and 2.1m tall. I'm extremely happy to have landed such a catch but now i find myself not knowing what what will be happy in a tunnel and what won't. Because it's so large i really need to get the site right so that i can keep as many of the established plants as possible. (like the asparagus beds!)

    If anyone has any ideas on the veggies or ideas for the site then i'd really appriciate the help.



    my original plot plan and the proposed site for the new tunel are attatched: I'll try get the new site plan inc. tunnel done asap.

    (Approx plot dimensions 6m wide x 16m long)
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    Have ou considered shortening the tunnel ?? You don't have to use all the hoops.

    Another option is to use the hoops but cover in netting to give protection for you crops while still keeping an eye out for a greenhouse. There are a load on ebay justa matter of time before you find one in your area.
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    Not using all the hoops sounds like a plan Bob. I guess it would save a little money on the cover too.

    .......could I move the potatos under cover for early/late crops?

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    Don't see why not. My home town NEVER got below 38 deg C in summer and the tatties grew fine. Think your sqaushes will actually appreciate the extra warmth too!

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    I think most keen allotmenteers have plots that are continually evolving. That why it's best not to put any permanent fixture in until you're 100% sure they will be there in 5 years time.
    I've just been offered as many hardwood doors as I want. Just in the process of building an octagonal hen coop on top of my 2nd year strawberry bed.
    Artichokes and strawberries are now dislodged in the snow, and I don't even know where I'm going to move them to yet.

    Newbies beware.............allow your allotment to evolve and don't be too fixed in your ways!

    It'll all come right in the end Duronal..................then you'll change it! lol
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    Thanks snadger.......maybe my approach has drifted and i'm trying to be too regimented. I started by throwing tomato seeds from a sandwich into a pot and watching the plants grow. The fact they grew was more inspiring than all this planning. I think i'll try to get back to something a little more rudimentary.

    Food for thought......

    Does anyone know if the following crops will grow undercover?

    Asparagus
    Rhubarb
    Raspberry
    Cabbage/brassicas

    In the event that they will grow will i harvest early or will the reduced light but increased heat lead to a poor yield?

    Many Thanks in advance

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    I wouldn't grow any of those in a tunnel - they dont need it.
    Use the tunnel for something that likes the protection ... see Sewer Rat for inspiration, or Pigletwillie
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    Also better check that you are allwed to put up such a large pollytunnel in the first place. My alltoment agreement has quite strict guidelines on the size of any structures I can put up.

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