Tips and Tricks
As the summer season comes to an end, it’s time to prepare your polytunnel for autumn. The thought of it can be off putting as you know that there are potentially tools everywhere, weeds, half grown plants or perhaps you are part of the 10% that is organised and everything is already pretty much prepared for Autumn. If this is the case, people like you should probably not need to read on any further.
The changing weather and shorter days can have a significant impact on your plants, so it’s essential to take the necessary steps to protect them.
For the sake of a few hours of work preparing the Polytunnel for the Autumn and subsequent Winter, you will get much better yields and the actually Polytunnel itself will become a much more pleasant place to be where you can go and be on your own and have some of that mindfulness everyone is talking about these days.
There is also nothing better than being in an organised environment and then seeing the fruits of your labour literally bursting forth from the earth and all it takes is a little planning and a little work on your part.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare your polytunnel for autumn. Clear Out the Summer Crops Before you start preparing your polytunnel for the autumn season,
- It’s essential to clear out any summer crops that are no longer producing. Remove any dead or diseased plants, and harvest any remaining crops. This will give you a clean slate to work with and prevent any diseases from spreading to your new plants.
- Clean Your Polytunnel The next step is to clean your polytunnel thoroughly. Use a soft brush or sponge and warm soapy water to scrub the walls, roof, and floor. This will help remove any dirt, debris, or pests that may have accumulated during the summer.
- Be sure to rinse everything well with clean water and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Prepare the Soil Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your soil for the upcoming season. Remove any weeds or debris from the soil and add a layer of compost or well-rotted manure. This will help replenish the nutrients in the soil and improve its structure.
- You can also add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
- Plant Autumn Crops Now that your polytunnel is clean and your soil is prepared, it’s time to plant your autumn crops.
- Some popular crops for the autumn season include kale, spinach, lettuce, and carrots.
- Be sure to choose crops that are suited to your climate and growing conditions.
- Protect Your Plants Autumn weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to protect your plants from the elements. Use a frost cloth or row cover to protect your plants from frost and cold winds. You can also use shade cloth to protect your plants from intense sunlight and heat. In conclusion, preparing your polytunnel for autumn takes some effort, but it’s well worth it.
- By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to protect your plants and ensure a successful autumn harvest.