As we are now true building professionals it’s time to build a polytunnel, we need somewhere to put all our chilli plants!
When the wagon turned up with boxes and boxes of polytunnel parts we thought for a second we might not of thought this through properly, but after a coffee it didn’t look too bad.we spent the first day trying to lay the foundations, lack of tools and an even bigger lack of lateral thinking meant we went home after a rather frustrating day with no sign of a built tunnel!
A few days later we returned with help, Jo’s parents, things were looking up. After a few hours we had a basic polytunnel frame built.
The build took weeks, not because it was difficult, just mainly due to weather and spare time, but after a month or so the tunnel was finished, it was pretty easy on the whole apart from putting the sheet on! So with the help of family and our mate J, we now have a lovely polytunnel 😀
Well, it’s been a busy few months at Happy Days Allotment, since our last post we have been a little bit busy! We now have a shed,a polytunnel,a strawberry trough,some brightly painted tyres,an almost weed free allotment and 4 raised beds.
This should be the bit where I tell you what hard work it’s been, how I’ve spent the last three months digging in mud and crying over aching muscles…..but I’m not going to lie to you, I have enjoyed almost every minute I’ve spent down there, and I’ve spent lots of minutes there!
I’m sure it’s more fun for you if I tell you lots of stories of pain and toil, about the bits that have got me down but there’s been surprisingly few, so I’ll just give you a rundown of our work so far.
After putting plastic sheeting all over the plot our first job was going to be the building of a shed, after all what’s an allotment without a shed? The shed build was an absolute doddle, even for two complete diy amateurs like Jo and I, we got the shed for an absolute bargain price from Tesco Extra, I think it was a price glitch on the site as the same shed was listed twice,once at almost £400 and once at £200, obviously being a shopping genius I went for the £200 option! We managed to lay the foundation and build the complete shed in less than 2 days, and I didn’t get angry once…..
…..So after our successful shed build we started looking for a greenhouse or polytunnel, after lots of research we decided a polytunnel was the way forward, I’m not going into our thought process, because that will just scare you! next was to find a supplier, we looked at lots of different suppliers but decided to go with First Tunnels,https://www.firsttunnels.co.uk they seemed pretty professional, we liked all the construction videos and the price was fairly competitive, so 3 days later we had a 10’x 8′ polytunnel, well hundreds of parts of one!
I’ve always fancied an allotment, which may surprise some people who know me as I’m not keen on hard work, so why an allotment? Well since becoming a vegetarian a few months ago my partner in digging, Jo and I have been eating enough vegetables to feed a small country. So even though we love supporting our local very friendly greengrocer we thought we would try growing our own.
Our big adventure, well ok, not so big, and not much of an adventure, started on the 29th of September when we signed the lease on our plot for the princely sum of £21.50 a year! That’s less than the cost of a few cups of coffee and a couple of croissants!
This is probably a good place to introduce our plot to you, that’s our plot of land, not our plot for world domination, I’m keeping that one a secret….here’s some typical Ulverston grey day photographs of our green and pleasant land.
As you can see from the photographs, there are lots, and lots of weeds, hopefully over the coming winter months this will change and by spring next year we will have lovely, fertile soil, I did say hopefully…..
Heres our plan:-
– dig large weeds and old produce out of the ground.
– use black sheeting across the whole plot to kill he weeds, we are not going to use any weed killers or pesticides,we want it to be as organic as possible.
– build raised beds, source a shed and greenhouse while the sheeting is doing its job.
– sit back and wait till the spring, then plant, plant plant.