9 unbelievably good reasons to get a polytunnel

I may have mentioned that I’m a little bit in love with my polytunnel.  I know this is remarkably off-trend, and that I’d sound way more cool if I said I had a passion for French bulldogs, or flamingos, or craft beer.  But seriously, this thing has changed my life.  Here’s why you really, really, really need a polytunnel in your garden or allotment.

  1. What a view. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to the beautiful sight of the sun rising over heavy duty polythene  every morning? Possibly not your neighbours, but never mind. You can always appease them with a cucumber.
  2. Free camping. No need for another tent now you’ve got one with a galvanised steel frame.  Just pump up the air-beds and enjoy a staycation.  (You won’t be going anywhere unless you can find someone to do the watering anyway.)
  3. Cucumbers. In November. And courgettes, tomatoes, peppers ….
  4. Sweet potatoes. Like potatoes, only unrelated and way more nutritious, but much trickier to grow. Unless you have a polytunnel of course. Who needs King Edwards anyway?
  5. Melons. Don’t trust any seed company that claims to sell melon seed ‘developed for outdoor climates.’ They don’t work.  Just buy a polytunnel.
  6. Free sauna. Yep, it’ll be 45 degrees and 90 percent humidity in there by August. Sweat it out.
  7. Built in pest control. No need for netting, nothing gets through a polytunnel. Well, maybe a few slugs. Oh, and don’t forget to shut the door.
  8. No need for a weather app. With a polytunnel over your head, it’s never too cold or wet for a spot of gardening. Why not rig up some lighting so you can carry on when it gets dark? Also doubles up as a getaway from irritating in-laws and whining children.
  9. Or a shed. With all that space, you’ll never be short of storage solutions – ie. somewhere to dump your tools. (Actually, you probably don’t have space for a shed now anyway.)

Go on, you know you want one.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. I’m with ou on this one Becky – I too LOVE my polytunnel! When I first got my allotment and the council guy told me on the phone that it had a polytunnel I made up my mind there and then! Didn’t care if the rest of the plot was all horsetail and ground elder (it wasn’t…thankfully!). The previous tenant grew show leeks and had built a wood, corrugated iron & polythene 30ft x 10ft tunnel and for the next three years I grew all manner of stuff in there. Sadly the wooden bases are rotting now so we’re dismantling it, salvaging what we can to use elsewhere and hubby has promised me (on threat of being pushed onto the muck heap!) to build me a new one in April….just in time for my precious crops. Every girl should have a polytunnel!!!

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