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Green poly tunnels

Discussion in 'Poly-Tunnel Gardening' started by freeflow, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. freeflow

    freeflow Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi

    are green poly tunnels any good to grow strawberries and tomatoes between April and October or should we go for clear ones?

    Thanks
     
  2. Steve R

    Steve R Soil Furtler

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    Do you mean the cheap tunnels that have the green check covers? If so the answer is yes.

    Steve...:)
     
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    • freeflow

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      Yes the ones on eBay etc, i believe they are checkered
       
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      Yup, there are quite a few of us here with those types of tunnel. I still have one even though I have a big commercial one too.

      Steve...:)
       
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      I started with one of the green ones which got me going on tunnels, then I went for a clear 27’ x 15’tunnel
       
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      The ones with 'green' covers are normally much, much cheaper than those sold with clear covers.

      Green covers start rapidly deteriorating after a couple of years, so can either be replaced when the polythene between the mesh begins to shower down, or immediately re-sell the supplied cover on ebay to cover half the cost of a proper clear cover.

      But, in my opinion (having two 6m x 3m of them) the quality/value for money of the 25mm dia. galvanised frames sold with green covers is good enough to either start with original covers, or change to clear.

      P.S. Depending on where you're located, you might be a tad optimistic expecting being able to grow tomatoes from April, as I've had temps as low as -3 deg C in my tunnels at the end of May.
       
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