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Growing Herbs In Your Polytunnel

Growing fresh herbs in a polytunnel can be a great way to have a consistent and fresh supply of herbs for cooking and other uses. Here are some tips for growing herbs in a polytunnel:

  1. Choose the right location: Herbs prefer a sunny spot, but most of them can tolerate some shade. Some herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano prefer a dry and well-drained soil, and others like parsley and cilantro prefer a moist soil, so be sure to choose a location that will meet the specific needs of the herbs you want to grow.

  2. Preparing the soil: As with any gardening, it's important to have good soil. You will need to improve the fertility of the soil by adding organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost and test the pH level of the soil to make sure it is within the appropriate range for the plants you want to grow.

  3. Choosing the right herbs: You can grow a wide variety of herbs in a polytunnel, including basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, chives, parsley and many others. Be sure to choose herbs that are well-suited to your local climate, and that will be in season when you want to harvest them. Some herbs like rosemary and thyme can be grown as perennials in a polytunnel, while others like basil and parsley are annuals.

  4. Planting and maintaining your herbs: When planting, make sure to space the herbs about 6 inches apart in rows that are at least a foot apart. Herbs will need to be watered regularly, and keep an eye out for pests and diseases, which can be controlled with an organic pest control method. Proper pruning and pinching is also essential to promote bushier growth and to prevent them from flowering.

  5. Harvesting: Herbs can be harvested as soon as they have enough leaves to be useful. It's best to harvest the leaves just before the plant flowers, as the flavor is strongest at this time. Be sure not to remove too many leaves at once, as this can stress the plant and reduce its overall yield.

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