Reason no.1 why I love my polytunnel: I have aubergines growing. For the last 3-4 years I have tried, unsuccessfully, to grow aubergines in my greenhouses and coldframe – they flowered and then rotted. the only time I have manged to grow them was about 5 years ago when I grew them in a small, cheap polytunnel type thing that was £50 half price in a garden centre. I loved this first polytunnel but the wind destroyed it in the first winter. I have kept the frame as a fruit cage type thing though and one day soon it will get reinvented again, but I digress …..
The aubergines in the big polytunnel are doing really well and I keep doing the squeeaky, excited aubergine dance …. you know the one ….
The cucumbers in their are also going crazy, even though they were planted after the ones in the greenhouse, they are doing much better. In fact I am harvesting 4-5 cucumbers everyday right now.
I have started trying to stop weeds growing around the edges of the polytunnel using our old paper feed sacks. I need to put more of these down under the future staging and on the path in front of the staging which we bizarrely left uncovered by black plastic – in fact I am going to do that now.
I am also drying onions, shallots and garlic in there.