If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality hobby polytunnel for your garden then there are a number of things you should first do in preparation…

If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality hobby polytunnel for your garden then there are a number of things you should first do in preparation…

Selecting the Right Size Polytunnel

Before you’ve splashed the cash there are a few things you should consider when selecting the size of your new polytunnel. The size of your garden, access, the number of crops you intend to grow and how many people will be using the tunnel at any one time. 

Our raised beds are the ideal bedding solution for polytunnel and outdoor growingSiting Your Polytunnel

When it comes to selecting the perfect spot for siting your new hobby polytunnel, again, there are a few things you should bear in mind. As we all know the wind can cause major problems for all growers, therefore, it’s important you site your hobby polytunnel in an area of your garden or a plot of land that is protected from strong winds.

If this is proving difficult and you have sufficient space construct your hobby polytunnel side on. By doing so high winds will be diverted up and over the curved polytunnel, rather than hitting the structure full on and causing all sorts of problems for hobby polytunnel users.

It’s also important you take into consideration sunlight. Positioning your hobby polytunnel in a spot that will attract most sunlight will be highly beneficial. Typically, the best spot to site a polytunnel is east to west. 

Preparing Your Plot

Ideally, the area of land you select to site your new polytunnel on should be flat and level. Therefore it is important you clear any unwanted rocks or debris before erecting your polytunnel.

If constructing on a slight slope build your polytunnel vertical, not perpendicular to the slope. For more information on building a polytunnel on a slope, check out our Ultimate Polytunnel Guide.

Tools

By far the quickest, easiest and most durable polytunnel on the market

When erecting your hobby polytunnel a wide range of tools will be required. A spade for digging out door foundations, spanners and screwdrivers for assembling the frame, a Stanley knife or scissors for cutting the polythene sheet and a set of stepladders would be beneficial for securing the polythene sheet onto larger structures.

We also recommend you use a drill with when fitting doors and side vents. To help you erect your polytunnel, a tex screw bit will be supplied. Other tools you will most likely find necessary include wire cutters, a tape measure, a spirit level and a length of string for use when positioning your foundation tubes. 

Pencil in a Full Weekend

In most cases if you’re capable of putting together flat-pack furniture then erecting a polytunnel shouldn’t be too difficult. If it’s your first time we advise you to pencil in a full weekend to get the job done, as the installation can be a timely process! We also recommend you have a couple of willing helpers to help you put together your new polytunnel.

Solid Foundations

One of the easiest and most popular of securing polytunnels to the ground, screw anchors take just 1-2 minutes to install and are suitable for most soil types. Although you should avoid them on ground with a high stone/rubble content, peat soils, or loose soil which has been recently disturbed or deep cultivated.

Each screw anchor only takes 1-2 minutes to screw into the ground. Compare this to the time it takes to dig each hole when using either the concreting method or ground anchor plates and without any of the mess or exertion.

Our polytunnels can be fitted with drop-down benches for easy potting

In recent tests, we measured the strengths of different polytunnel foundation options. The tests showed that our screw anchors outperformed all other methods in most types of soil.  A close second place was traditional foundation tubes when concreted in position. 

In third place, trailing a long way behind, were ground anchor plates (sometimes called ground anchors) which simply didn’t come anywhere close to the other two methods. 

To give you some idea of the difference, we compared our screw anchors to one of our competitor’s heavy-duty ground plate kits and found that it took four times more force to pull our screw anchors out of the ground.  

Extra Strength Products

With over 40 years experience designing and manufacturing polytunnels, we have constructed a range of products that are of the highest quality and at the forefront of polytunnel technology. We understand that all customers like to shop around before making a decision, but unlike many of our competitors, we manufacture hobby polytunnels with a proven 2 piece hoop, as on our commercial range for increased strength, unlike our competitors who use 3,4 or even 5 pieces hoops.

Similarly, our hobby brackets are the same design as our commercial range and we offer either 5ft or 6ft hoop spacings on all our hobby structures for additional strength.

For more information on preparing for your new polytunnel then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Give us a call on 01282 873120 to speak to one of our polytunnel experts.