Thursday, 9 March 2017

In the Polytunnel this Month

The polytunnel is possibly at it's most desolate at the moment. 

It's been a sadly neglected place over the last few months, especially so this last couple of weeks while I have been so off colour with this dreadful cold/flu like bug that I have had.

It needs a good tidy, a sort out of the stacks of plant pots and trays on the work bench which appear to be home to a myriad of spiders and little critters that have over-wintered in some style, and it also needs a wash down of the polythene on the right hand side to get rid of the build up of green stuff that will block the sunshine .... when we finally get some.  Once this is done it should feel brighter and fresher again.

But saying all that, there is still some food to be had, although at the moment I think we are sharing it with a little nocturnal visitor.  This Kale that I relocated  the other week and have been picking some from regularly for my morning Nutriblasts was also picked from by a little creature overnight for the last two nights.  I guess it's the 'hungry gap' for everyone not just us, so I'm not overly concerned,

The next bed along has the last of the Leeks, three more that will make another tasty Leek and Potato soup for lunches this weekend when Alan is home.  The thing in the bottomless brown plant pot is a Celery plant that sprouted up of it's own accord ... I must have accidently dropped a seed.

The other Celery's were in this bed last year, and these are two that I harvested a couple of months ago that have since started to regrow.  Celery is one of the many plants that will regenerate from the root system if you harvest above grown level and leave the roots undisturbed.

To the left of the celery is the Kohl Rabi plants (also nibbled by our little visitor),and to the left of them the Spinach  that has over-wintered pretty well.

The centre end bed is the one with the most to eat at the moment.  Furthest away and nearest to the far doors, are some Swiss Chard plants, then a few remaining Beetroot, then a line of Mixed Leaves which have done really well considering the frosts we have had over the past few weeks, and then closest to us some Spring Onions.

The blue hoops are there ready to hold a layer of fleece whenever the temperature drops to below freezing.

So although there is lots to do to get growing again for this year, there are things still to eat in the polytunnel and lots of the crops that originally came from the polytunnel are still being eaten from the freezer so I think we are doing quite well, and the 'hungry gap' for the first time is going to be quite a bit shorter ... even if we are sharing the last of the food with our little mice-y friends.


  1. Hadn't realised how much I missed your photos from the polytunnel until I saw this post! Glad there are still some edibles around. First time I considered the hungry gap was when I borrowed a copy of "The Garden Cottage Diaries: My Year in the Eighteenth Century", and she mentioned she'd been lucky with her homegrown fruit and veg that year, and in other circumstances it could have been even tougher.

    1. That is a brilliant book isn't it. What she did was a REAL challenge :-)

    2. Mind if i ask whats the hungry gap?

    3. It's the time of the year where no veggies are readily available to eat straight from the garden.

    4. Sorry I was late to get back to you Chloe, thanks for stepping in Mandy :-)

      The hungry gap is when you have used up all the growing vegetables that you have access to in and on your plot, but this years newly planted veggies have not put on enough growth to be really edible yet. You can get round it and make sure you have homegrown food to eat with clever storage and very clever planting.


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