Though winter may mean things slow down in your garden or allotment, there are definitely things you can be getting on with to keep you busy over winter and give you some great crops come the end of the colder winter.

Your polytunnel gives you a great option for keeping things growing despite the cold, but it is important to prepare it properly to face up to the trials that winter might bring. These simple steps will ensure a productive winter season in your polytunnel.

Keep things clean

Polytex Pro Polytunnel CleanerWith less to do during the day in your garden, this is the perfect opportunity to spruce up your polytunnel and get it looking like new. Not only does this keep you busy and keep a good impression, it is also an important step in maintaining your polytunnel and allowing anything you do grow over winter to get all the light it possibly can in these darker months.

Polytex Pro, a specially formulated polytunnel cleaning solution, is ideal for gently removing green slime or dirt from the cover, and because it is acid free Polytex is a safe and fantastic alternative to aggressive and corrosive chemicals.  

Alternatively Algiclear Pro is an algae remover which can be used to remove any tough algae stains from pots, tools, benches and any other equipment.

Patch up any tears

Conduct a thorough inspection of your polytunnel and identify any damage or tears that may need repairing.  Resistant to weathering and sunlight Polythene Repair Tape is ideal for temporary repair.

Set the right temperature

Polytunnel Heater

As the cold draws in, making sure your polytunnel can keep this at bay is vital for keeping plants over winter and supporting the growth of new crops. The simplest solution to this is, you may be surprised to hear, bubble film. By gently hooking bubble film sheets along the inside of your polytunnel cover, you will have installed an incredibly handy insulation to ensure you keep as much heat as possible inside the tunnel.

If you really need to heat things up, you could also think about using a small heater to generate a warmer climate inside your polytunnel. Another clever way to improve insulation is to erect a polytunnel inside a polytunnel. Raised Bed Hoop Kits are easy to install and provide twice as much insulation for your plants during the winter.

Shoo away unwanted guests

Polytunnels are a perfect home for rodents and pests to keep warm and dry over the winter. They will find a cosy place to nest and will soon get through the plants in your beds if left alone. Again, cleanliness is key here. By clearing those leaves and other plant remains away and not leaving them to pile up, you limit places where things can hide. It is then just a case of checking thoroughly for slug nests and setting live traps for rodents to make sure nothing can hide away and cause harm to your winter crops.

Dirty PolytunnelGive everything some air

You may be tempted to think that, with the cold all around, you would be best off sealing your tunnel shut as much as you can during the winter. However, with watering and the heat that builds up inside, you run the risk of mould building up inside your polytunnel. Letting the air in regularly can keep things clear and ensure a fresh environment for your crops.

So there you have it. Just by following the above steps, you can be sure of having a very productive winter inside your garden polytunnel. If you require further information feel free to give us a call on 01282 873120.