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Updated: Jan 2

The weather is terrible but Spring is just around the corner. Whether you are a hobby grower or an agricultural business there are a few things that will keep you busy in your polytunnel in January..........

Prune and tidy up any remaining plants, or clear out old feed or straw bedding from the previous season to make room for the new year's crop or herd. A good tidy up reduces risk of disease in the new season and gives you a clear canvass for the year ahead.

Check the polytunnel for any repairs that need to be made, such as patching holes or replacing broken panes. Check gates and guttering and oil doors and gates to reduce the impact of the long damp winter.

Start planning for the upcoming growing season by researching which plants will thrive in your polytunnel and what your planting schedule should be. Check out our blog page for ideas about what you can grow in your tunnel. You can start seedlings indoors for transplanting into the polytunnel later in the season.

If you are housing stock then you can use our stock calculator to work out how many animals you can in the size of tunnel you have.

Clean out feed troughs and waterers and check irrigation systems haven't been damaged by frost.

Insulate your polytunnel with straw or other materials to help keep it warm during the cold winter months. Bed up with straw ready for your stock moving indoors

Keep an eye on the temperature and humidity levels inside the polytunnel, and make adjustments as needed to provide the best growing conditions for your plants. Make sure you keep your tunnel well ventilated, even in the winter months.

Clean and disinfect the polytunnel to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Our blog page has an article on how to clean your tunnel meaning you can reduce risk of damage and prolong the life of your structure. Cleaning means you can keep an eye out for pests and diseases.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the off-season and start planning for the new growing and rearing season. Spring will be on it's way pretty soon!

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