The winter months are a perfect time to grow vegetables and other plants in your polytunnel. During the winter, you may need to make some preparations, such as preparing the soil for winter, and preparing the polytunnel. It’s also important to keep weeds from growing in a polytunnel during the winter months.
Growing plants in a polytunnel in the winter
Growing plants in a polytunnels during the winter is a great way to extend your growing season. For example, kale can be sown in November and harvested in March, so it is an excellent choice for a winter vegetable patch. You can also grow garlic in a polytunnel. This plant can tolerate chilly weather and grows much faster than in the garden. In addition, it does not need much maintenance. Broad beans and onions can be planted from early autumn and harvested in the spring.
If you plan to grow vegetables in a polytunnel during the winter, it is important to prepare it properly for the season. Make sure to anchor the structure properly and make sure that there are no gaps or holes for wind to enter. By doing all of these things, you can ensure your polytunnel stays healthy over the winter.
Once you have prepared the soil, you can start planting your seeds. Seeds should be sown two inches deep, and cover them with soil. After a few weeks, you can plant potted beans in the polytunnel. You can also plant roots and lettuces, and you can even grow some organic vegetables such as aubergines and carrots.
Keeping weeds at bay in a polytunnel
Weeds in a polytunnel can be a real annoyance to gardeners as they can keep the main crop from receiving the light it needs and take up most of the soil’s nutrients. Additionally, weeds can spread easily as seeds that can stick to shoes and clothing. Fortunately, the polytunnel’s plastic cover acts as a barrier against weed growth and spread. To keep them under control, follow a few systematic steps.
The best way to control weed growth is to keep the soil moist and free from weeds. You can do this by using mulch. It is important to keep the soil moist and loose so that it can drain properly. Add organic manure to the soil if it is not already rich enough.
Increasing the temperature inside a polytunnel
If you are cultivating in a polytunnel during the winter, you will want to consider a few simple ways to keep your plants warm. Winters in Britain are often very cold and your plants may be suffering from this. Heating a polytunnel can be expensive, so there are other ways to keep your plants warm. One of the best ways to do this is by dividing your polytunnel into smaller areas. Using polythene or bubble wrap sheets, you can partition off sections of the tunnel and conserve heat.
If you live in a cold climate, you can heat your polytunnel during the winter. This will keep your plants warm without having to use as much electricity as you would if you grew them outside. To keep your plants healthy during cold weather, you should make sure the temperature inside the polytunnel is around 26 degrees celsius.
Another easy way to keep your polytunnel warm during winter is to place a heat sink. A large water butt placed inside your polytunnel will help retain the heat in the colder months. You can plant your plants near these heat sinks – especially those that need a lot of heat. A thermometer is a great way to keep track of the temperature in your polytunnel and know when to lower the water level. Similarly, if the temperature is too warm inside your polytunnel, you can remove the water and replace it with fresh water.