Polytunnel Growing Course

With social distancing requirements due to the pandemic all courses will be run outside with smaller groups than usual and extra cleaning measures and facilities in place.

With increasing weather extremes unfortunately part of our future, polytunnel growing really is a powerful ally in the battle against climate change. As well as delightfully extending the growing season, when you know how, these tunnels boost growing efforts no end and enable year round produce and shelter whatever the weather.

I start the day with refreshments in one of the large polytunnels, demonstrating that these valuable indoor spaces can also provide an enjoyable area for entertaining as much as bountiful fruit and veg production. The course is tailored where possible to the needs of the participants but includes the basics such as propagation methods, watering options, layouts and polytunnel care and maintenance to make your fantastic indoor growing haven work for you. I provide a thorough explanation of how to extend the growing season to produce an array of produce all year round; including abundant salad leaves and herbs in winter.

In the morning, I also cover seed saving and lots of tried and tested time saving tricks and techniques designed to make the process of gardening much more enjoyable. Then, after more refreshments, I move onto demonstrating different ways of growing under cover including mixed planting systems which help avoid pest build up in the first place. This leads on nicely to a look at companion planting and how letting nature (beneficial insects, pollinators and amphibians) into your tunnel can help boost results as well as making your tunnel an ever more enjoyable place in which to be.

Finally there’s ample opportunity for further questions , so I can ensure all rocketeers (aka attendees) go home empowered with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make their polytunnel-growing-efforts truly blossom and grow.

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Polytunnel day course, including book and plants