We were dreading putting the plastic cover on as the tunnel is 28ft long and 14ft wide that’s a lot of plastic sheet! We decided to pull in some support from the rest of the family.
Just as well we did as the tunnel was delivered with enough plastic to cover it twice over! (Not really but it felt like it)
Here we are burying the plastic in the trench we prepared earlier. We enlisted the help of my sister-in-law and her husband, without who it just wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks guys!
If you’re planning to build your own tunnel here are a few tips when it comes to adding the polythene cover:
- Make sure your trench is no less than 12″ deep.. it helps when you are trying to keep the plastic nice and tight.
- Keep checking the position of the polythene as you drag it over the structure. When you’er all excited about the cover on it’s all too easy to catch an edge on a bolt or nut and before you know it you have a tear your nice new polytunnel. 😦
- Keep your fingers off any areas that will be seen, otherwise you will end up with grubby finger marks on your poly.
- Make sure you add some protective tape to ANY exposed areas of metal before you put the polythene over. It’s much harder to do it once the polythene has been pulled over the structure. (The tape helps to prolong the life of the cover.
- .. and finally remember many hands make light work … drag your friends or neighbours along to help.