June's Top Tips
June can be the hottest, sunniest, and often the driest month of the year. Daylight hours are long and things can get very hot in the polytunnel, meaning that the best times of the day to work inside the polytunnel are mornings and evenings. However, with the UK weather being what it is, on wet days the polytunnel ensures you can continue to work undercover – there is nothing more tranquil than listening to the rain clatter down on your polytunnel while you relax and tend your plants inside.
SPF! You can still get a suntan while working inside a polytunnel that is covered with a standard or Thermal Anti Drip polythene cover, so don’t forget the suntan cream!
WATER regularly and carefully. Check the soil regularly to ensure it is not too dry and not too waterlogged – Overwatering can be just as damaging as drought. The soil should just be moist.
MULCH, using hay or grass cuttings for example, to keep the soil moist.
If you are off on your summer holiday this month, there is no need to worry about whether or not your friend, neighbour, or family member will remember to water the plants that you have tended and nurtured – Our Premier Irrigation kit (available for all sizes of polytunnels) includes a top of the range Galcon battery operated tap timer, doing away with the need for a watering can or even the presence of a person, meaning that you can go on holiday safe in the knowledge that your crops will still regularly receive the right amount of water.
Anyone who has stood inside a polytunnel on a sunny day will know how hot it can get under a polythene cover. VENTILATE the polytunnel early on sunny days – Open the doors and side vents to give valuable air circulation.
Provide SHADE and keep temperatures down under the hot midday sun by using a net polytunnel cover. Our green 47% shade net is ideal to be used on a polytunnel with or without a polythene cover in place. Used on its own, a net cover provides shade, full ventilation, significant reduction in wind speeds, and still allows rainwater to filter through to the plants. Placed over a polytunnel with a polythene cover in place, the net provides shade and significantly reduces the temperature inside.
Alternatively, add SHADE and reduce temperatures by tying shade net above head height on the inside of the polytunnel – Try using cable ties to secure the net to hoops, ridge bars, or Crop Bars.
NIP OUT or tie in side shoots and new growth to prevent overcrowding inside the tunnel.
FEED plants in pots and grow bags, such as tomatoes and cucumbers.
POLLINATE melons and THIN grapes.
WATCH OUT for undercover diseases and pests, such as whitefly and red spider mite.