Polytunnel Growing Tips

Polytunnel growing is considered to be the best rigorous form of production nowadays. Results of this particular process are great. One of the most observed results is the maintenance and increase of the fertility of the soil.

If you have a plan on doing this, you should take into account the following considerations.

Manures Needed In Polytunnel Growing

One of the main sources of nutrients in polytunnels is manures. Another is the compost fertilizers. Organic manures are usually imported. So if you don’t have one, you might probably contemplate on acquiring some. Farms normally provide these manures, more specifically, organic and conventional farms. One example of this organic manure is that of poultry dung. These manures are available locally; hence, you should try shopping around your area for this. But make sure that it is properly composted before you use it as per organic standards. You must also bear in mind that the animals from where these manures are coming from must be free from GMO or their derivatives. Therefore, before buying any manure, your seller must not only assure you that their animals have not been fed by GMO but they must also prove it.

On the other hand, there is also what we call green manures. These are plant waste which, like animal manure, are rich in humus and releases many vital nutrients into the soil. One kind of green manure is the legume. These types of manure are specifically appropriate in polytunnel growing. These should be assimilated during cropping sequence and crop rotations. The incorporations of these green manures must be like that in the field situations.

Tools Used For Polytunnel Growing

The primary requirement in polytunnel growing is hand tools. However, in cases where incorporations of manures are needed a wheeled rotavator is important. It is also essential for general cultivation purposes. There is also the tractors which are apt only for large tunnels. But if you really want to possess one, then buy a mini tractor. Nevertheless, mini tractors are only optional. Another important tool is the polythene. These materials typically survive for three (3) to four (4) years. After which it should be replaced. An indication that polythene are wearing out is that it turns into opaque which results to reduction of the light for plant growth. It is also inclined to deteriorate on the frames making it split in the end. As soon as deteriorations occur, you must immediately act for its remedy so that the harmful wind cannot enter. Otherwise, it will cause more damage which may be severe.

A Friendly Reminder

Although polytunnel growing is extremely appealing, still it requires and demands a full commitment and planning on your part. If not, success might be far from your reach. On the other hand, if you commit yourself in this kind of process, it will definitely produce and generate the best results that you want.

1 Comment

  • Sean O'Keeffe said on August 1, 2012
    Irish resident. Looking to start my own business. I have a construction background. Interested in the area of greenhouses/poly-tunnels. Also, possibly on-line business. Thanks


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