You can buy a blowaway polytunnel for a fraction of the cost of a professionally constructed polytunnel, but their lifespan is limited. Most will only last one to two years. That means you’ll have to dispose of the cheap one and buy a new one – both of which will cost you money. Polytunnels are clearly the better option over the long run.
Plants that grow well in a polytunnel
A polytunnel is a great way to extend the growing season. You can start plants as early as November. They will be ready to harvest in spring. It’s also possible to plant crops that need longer maturation times in a polytunnel. These include vegetables and herbs. The warm, humid environment is conducive to growth. In addition, the polytunnel delays frosts, so you can begin cultivation earlier than you could in open fields.
Tomatoes grow well in a polytunnels. These small fruits don’t grow very tall and are protected from pests. Tomatoes also don’t need much space, so you can grow a few. Tomatoes can be dried and used in cooking. However, fresh tomatoes are much more flavorful.
While a polytunnel can be used to grow most vegetables, you should make sure that you choose the right crops for your location. For example, tomatoes thrive in warmer climates. Because they produce small fruits, they need to be protected from cold weather. A polytunnel can also protect your plants from the wind and rain.
The temperature and humidity inside a polytunnel will be warmer, which extends the growing season. This will allow your plants to reach maturity faster. Some plants, like French beans, will produce their first harvest before they do outside. In addition, a polytunnel will protect your crops from cold waves and damaging frost.
Cost of a commercial-sized polytunnel
If you want to grow more crops, a polytunnel can be a great choice. They can extend the growing season and give you bigger crops, and they’re very easy to install. They come pre-assembled and with a durable cover made of UV stable polythene. The tunnel’s size is 118 x 31 x 28 inches, so it can be a huge benefit to your garden.
The initial investment in a polytunnel will be well worth the benefits. You’ll be able to grow a variety of plants that wouldn’t grow well in your area. It also allows you to extend the growing season, which can be beneficial for farmers with limited space. Some models can be fitted with heated water reticulation, which can help your crop grow better.
The size of your polytunnel will also affect its price. It’s common for polytunnels to be 10 or 14 feet wide, but commercial-sized ones can be up to 90 feet long. Generally speaking, commercial-sized polytunnels are more expensive than domestic ones.
If you want a larger polytunnel, you’ll need to make sure you have enough space for it in your garden. Large polytunnels can be long and high, which can cover a lot of garden space. You will also need to consider the sun and climate conditions.
Eco-worthiness of a polytunnel
If you’re a committed green gardener, a polytunnel may be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. They’re an environmentally friendly way to grow your food while avoiding many of the environmental issues that plague mainstream agriculture. Although there are a few environmental costs associated with the production and transportation of a polytunnel, those costs are far outweighed by the reductions in carbon over the lifespan of the structure.
The lifetime of a polytunnel depends on the materials it’s made of and the quality of its polythene covering. There are several different types of polythene, each with its own pros and cons. Different polythene materials require different methods of assembly. In general, soft fruit producers prefer to use multispan structures, combining two or more tunnels. As polytunnel technology continues to advance, extra features such as irrigation systems and ventilation kits are being introduced.
In terms of materials, wood can be a good choice for structure. When treated properly, wood is strong and durable. It also offers good insulating properties. On the other hand, plastic structures can break easily and need to be replaced or repaired. An alternative material for the frame is green polythene, which allows 65 percent of light to enter the tunnel. This material is environmentally friendly and mimics the look of a forest floor.
The Eco-worthiness of a polytunel can be assessed by the local planning authority. In most cases, the local planning authority will attach a planning condition to the grant of planning permission. This condition will ensure that the polytunnel is not covered in polythene during certain periods of the calendar year. The planning authority will also consider the impact of the project on the local countryside and regional environment and will propose mitigation measures to counteract any adverse effects.