Mark and I think there really ought to be an online community for polytunnel users, so we’ve created a dedicated polytunnel forum right here on FIMP. Why not take a look?
Polytunnels have come a long way since Mark and I first began to write about them. Just ten years ago they were big, clumsy structures bought through agricultural companies, which hardly any support and advice available to newcomers. Unless you were lucky enough to meet someone with experience, you had to figure everything out for yourself.
These days things have changed: thanks to the efforts of some manufacturers and retailers, polytunnels are much more accessible to smallholders and regular gardeners. But we still think there’s more to be done. By now there are tens of thousands of ‘tunnelers’ out there (many of whom already have copies of our books) but until now there’s been nowhere they can go to swap stories, offer advice, boast about their latest triumphs or weep about their failures, or just to ask for help.
You need to register in order to make your first post on the polytunnel forum, but then you have the run of the place. You can even post images – for instance, in the ‘show us yours’ section. Go ahead: take a look, and please feel free to post comments. The more, the merrier. We’ll be keeping an eye on the forums ourselves so you can be assured of experienced advice, but we’re hoping to learn from you too.
Mark and Andy