Although its been terrible weather this year the Trionfo Violetta climbing beans have been performing excellently in the polytunnel. We've been picking steady, and also blanching and freezing bags full for winter consumption...
Watering is a hassle....and expensive, both in resources and time. In a polytunnel you will need to carry out some irrigation, as of course the rain can't get in....but water too much and you'll encourage disease and leach nutrients from the soil.
I use these handy wee chaps, 'planted' into the soil, fill these up and then they'll release water down to the soil over a longer time period.
Reduce, reuse and recycle....
Eek....1 day of not ventilating the polytunnel and my beans have suffered during a hot spell!
Join Gareth Austin on the 31st January from 10am at Gillespie Polytunnels showsite in Killygordon for a great seasonal workshop on all things Fruity. This practical workshop is aimed at folks who already keep some fruit and wish to improve their success.
Topics which will be covered include:
Seasonal Pruning of Top and Soft Fruit, training Top and Soft Fruit, Feeding and managing soil pH on all fruits, variety selection, improving pollination, growing vines, pest and disease prevention & controls, growing tender fruit in the polytunnel and unusual fruits that are worth growing.
The workshop will run from 10-2(ish) and will be hands on, so please dress appropriately. To reserve your spot please contact Gillespie Polytunnels on 074 9149211 / 086 3760448 or via their FB page Gillespie Polytunnels , cost for the workshop is 40 Euro, refreshments provided.
Here's some 2 week old Courgette All Green Bush coming into life in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig in Gweedore.
These seeds were dusted with Mycorrhizal Fungii then sown in some Multi Purpose Compost, with some Vermiculite incorporated.
A few of these were re-homed in the Mark Patterson Show garden area at BBC Radio Foyle, you can listen back to Fridays show here, between 2.45-3 we're on chatting Courgettes..
These are some 2 week old seedlings of Morning Glory coming into life in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig in Gweedore.
Morning Glory is an excellent summer flowering climber for a sunny spot in the garden, Morning Glory differs from the normal climbers such as Clematis and Honeysuckles in that its an Annual, so you sow it every year from seed (the same as Sweet Pea) and it flowers wonderfully in the summer.
The seeds were dusted with Symbio Mycorrhizal Fungii and sown lightly into some Multi Purpose Compost mixed with Vermiculite.
These are the onion sets we started off 2 weeks ago in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig. They've come along great and are now ready for planting outside...a nice job for next week.
Planted up a load of hanging baskets today with St Brigids College students in North West Regional College today, used Fuchsias as centrepieces (raised from cuttings taken last summer from other baskets), worked in some slow-release fertiliser and then filled the baskets with Ivy Leaved Geranium, Surfinia, Million Bells, Nepeta, Lysimachia and Trailing Lobelia....a wee water and then hanged them in the polytunnel for a few weeks to fill out a bit before we place them...
adding some more raised beds to the Horticulture area of the North West Regional College today, nice long one 3' wide along the side of the Gillespie Polytunnel , alongside this we're gonna lay a slightly sloping path with paving, allowing for easier access around the tunnel (and the bed stops poking finger!!)
The lads from St Brigids College tackle this kind of job with ease...
Starting on March 2nd we've a super 5 week programme of specialist Polytunnel and Grow-Your-Own gardening running in the grounds of Gillespie Polytunnels, Killygordon, Co Donegal.
This 5 week programme covers all that you should be doing in the polytunnel at that time of year and what you should be at in the fruit, herb and outside beds.
Running from 10-2 for 5 weeks this programme covers:
We will be using the 3 Polytunnels and the outdoor growing space that is Gillespie Polytunnels show garden space.
Cost for the course is E120 and places limited to 12.
Tea, Coffee and Refreshments supplied on each day.
To secure your place leave a comment below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07506242774
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond