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Cardboard in polytunnel?

 
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We bought a polytunnel! Yay, yay and yay! It's about 10'by 20' (3x6 meters).

The area where we will put it is covered with grass and weeds. I was wondering whether I could make the beds by putting cardboard on the ground and covering it with compost. Would the cardboard decompose as easily as it would outside? I suppose it would get wet because the plants obviously need water.

Have you had any experiences doing this?
 
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I used newspaper and grass clippings in a pollytunnel and it worked fine, it's probably a little bit slower to rot as it's not as wet, but equally it doesn't blow away like outside either!
 
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It should work more or less the same. I know a couple veggie farmers who use black plastic to solarize the grass to death inside a new tunnel. It might be a little late for that this year though. Although maybe not
 
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Cardboard will certainly work under you growing area to suppress the weeds, but the area you walk around in? Maybe not so much. I tend to cover the whole area with woven weed fabric, then place raised beds around where I need them. Check out the pics. The heavy woven landscape fabric will last for years even in the walking area.
You can see what I mean in this post also https://planterspost.com/growing-tomatoes-in-pots/




 
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Thanks everyone! I'll just give it a go then. I don't mind weeds so much where I'm walking :-)
 
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I used cardboard and brown paper covered with straw last year in my poly tunnel.  Worked great. Was all gone by fall.
 
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