Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Thursday 2 May 2019

Taking the plunge and covering the polytunnel

 Old cover off.

 Trench being dug to get old buried cover out and to put new cover in

Worried about the wind. This is a huge piece of polythene, so we needed it to be dead calm.

We waited three hours until there was a lull in the breeze, and then we went for it!

Cover on, corners and sides weighted down with soil in trench, we then started the pleating around the door frame at each end. This is hard work as the cover needs to be pulled as taut as possible

By the end of the day we had the cover secured, the battens fixed in place to hold the ends down and the soil backfilled in the trench enough to keep everything secure

A lot of work for just the two of us, but very satisfying



  1. Fascinating to see this being done. I've often wondered how polytunnels are put together but I'm contemplating getting a greenhouse of some sort (albeit much smaller than this) so seeing the practicalities of it is very helpful.

    1. There are a lot of very good "how to" videos on you tube, first tunnels and premier tunnels are really good.
      But best of all, find some one who is doing it and go and help, because its much easier to understand watching and helping, than while physically wrestling with the Cover and trying to pleat it and then fix it down with battens all by yourself.


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