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Mini polytunnels

 
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I like building things, and I'm wanting to build some low polytunnels in my back yard- I have 3 raised beds measuring 4.8m by 1.2m. I'm hoping to build a polytunnel/cold frame style thing over one of them, as my windowsills are bursting with plants and I'm going to run out of room before the great outdoors is really warm enough and I'm hoping some of my hardier plants could go live outside if they had some shelter.

Any good designs for mini tunnels? I have lots of leftover timber, pvc tubing, polycarbonate sheeting and polythene left over from a building site down the road that I can use. I want the tunnels to be easy-access, otherwise I just won't bother to access them. They need to stand up to moderate winds. Ideally they'd fold down somehow so I can store them to use them again next year- I'm in a very urban environment without much room and I can't store things that big!

I see lots of designs but not many look easy to access, or easy to store! Do you clever people have any ideas?

Many thanks,
Charli
 
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Charli Wilson wrote:I like building things, and I'm wanting to build some low polytunnels in my back yard- I have 3 raised beds measuring 4.8m by 1.2m. I'm hoping to build a polytunnel/cold frame style thing over one of them, as my windowsills are bursting with plants and I'm going to run out of room before the great outdoors is really warm enough and I'm hoping some of my hardier plants could go live outside if they had some shelter.

Any good designs for mini tunnels? I have lots of leftover timber, pvc tubing, polycarbonate sheeting and polythene left over from a building site down the road that I can use. I want the tunnels to be easy-access, otherwise I just won't bother to access them. They need to stand up to moderate winds. Ideally they'd fold down somehow so I can store them to use them again next year- I'm in a very urban environment without much room and I can't store things that big!

I see lots of designs but not many look easy to access, or easy to store! Do you clever people have any ideas?

Many thanks,
Charli



you could do a small A frame to fit your beds hinged at the top and one side so it folds out of the way wile working on the bed and for storage
use runners [strips of wood] at all 3 points of the ''A''[top and two bottoms] then cover with plastic

Mike
 
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Hi Mike,

A frames with polythene stapled on are a good idea! I have chicken tractors based on exactly that that also go over the bed (but have wire mesh on rather than polythene)
 
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