I am happy to see how many veggies can grow underneath a small 6 sqm polytunnel.
Right now plants are not doing better than the outside ones, but it's a good insurance in case of bad weather.
Since I do not mulch anymore here (plants are very close), irrigation is automated and I don't have to worry about bad weather... is basically a 1 day job and don't think about it again until food is ready!
@arteteco What kind of plants are they?
@Surasanji Brassicas, mostly (kale, broccoli, cauliflower), endive (2 varieties) and 3 rows of onions between each square. It's winter here, so you don't have the diversity you can afford in the summertime.
@Surasanji Oh, and some delicious arugula, the closest-up, one of the most bitter I've tried!
@arteteco Is there a benefit in growing it under the plastic vs outside the plastic?
@Surasanji I'm following this conversation. I need to somehow obtain a green thumb. Every time I go near plants, touch them, they die.
@Surasanji higher temperature, protection from wind which may dry out the soil and the leaves, from strong rain and hail, keeps more moist. It's a greenhouse basically.
On the down side, since there is a little airflow, fungal diseases can spread more easily, so can damaging insects... I keep the ends open unless there is a major bad weather in sight.
Here in the winter is not usually that rough, but you know, #climatechange . I lost quite some harvest in a storm a month ago.
@Surasanji My dad would be a better answerer of that question. He's the one who knows what he's doing around here.