I have a small polytunnel where I hoped to sprout seeds, pot on and take cuttings as well as grow fantastic tomatoes, Chillies and other less hardy veg.
This year has been the first full year of production. Apart from taking off, blowing over a 6 ft fence and landing in my neighbour’s garden the polytunnel has been very well-behaved.
Over the summer it has been full of ripening tomatoes of various shapes and size and some great chillies.
I have made a lot of tomato pasta sauce with onions, sweated down in lots of olive oil, garlic and the tomatoes chopped and reduced to a thick sauce with fresh thyme added to some pots for good measure. All this was sealed in hot sterilised jars and should keep for the winter.
The problems have stated in November. When mice got a taste for chillies and have stripped most of the slower plants which were just ripening off. Such a shame. I am sorry to say that so far the traps have accounted for 7 of the pests, sorry they cannot go in the pot- they will be highly spicy.
To add to the problems there are a number of worn patches in the cover and although tape seems to do the trick, it won’t be long before the cover is mostly tape. One year does not really seem long enough for it to last.
I hope to use the polytunnel over the winter with extra insulation from bubble wrap to bring on some winter veg. Lets hope it does not disintegrate before the spring.