Saturday, June 27, 2015

Digging over and planting our seventh polytunnel.

After finally being able to cover the tunnel on Tuesday 16th, we spent all our spare time for a week digging it over to remove weeds and produce a good tilth (aided by having rotovated this area several times in the previous 12 months), until on Wednesday 24th it was ready for irrigation to be set up and planted fully with tomato plants. They have gone into the ground several weeks later than ideal, but some plants already have green tomatoes on them, plus we have 50 early plants in the Mothership polytunnel to give us a July harvest.
After the first session of digging over the tunnel.

Tuesday afternoon, and the tunnel fully dug and levelled.

Wednesday morning, and the irrigation is installed (made of recycled car tyres and reclaimed hosepipe).

Planting the first line of tomatoes, with Iris and Max, and Pete fitting the doors.

Half the lines planted, with Max, Pablo and Pete.

Wednesday afternoon, and planting the final line, with Tigerlily, Max, Iris and Pablo.
The tunnel is now filled with 294 tomato vines, of 13 different varieties, from cherries to beefsteaks, and several different colours for maximum diversity. Better late than never! And now to string them all up and do the first side-shooting (but first we need to plant out all those squash plants...).

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