This article offers tips on the garden tunnel, a type of greenhouse practical and economical that you can choose to buy or manufacture yourself. You will find below a description of the main features of the Garden Tunnel and the basic steps of its construction, all accompanied by 45 images and ideas for your greenhouse .
Garden tunnel: what is it?
The tunnel greenhouse is constructed using metal or PVC arches and a flexible but thick plastic sheet. It serves as a blanket for the greenhouse by providing good insulation. The garden tunnel is used both for market gardening and to house fragile plants in cold periods.
Main advantages and disadvantages of the greenhouse tunnel garden
The garden tunnel is convenient because it is easy to install and move. In contrast, this type of greenhouse can be fragile when exposed to high winds. It is less resistant compared to glass greenhouses, for example. The tunnel greenhouse is a variant of the winter garden that gardening enthusiasts choose because of its very low height and easy installation.
Location of the tunnel greenhouse
Well chosen, its location will allow you to make the most of it. The garden tunnel is to be placed in full sun so that light and heat can reach the plants that are there. Expert estimates indicate that the life span of a garden tunnel is about 10 years.
Tunnel greenhouse: economical solution to shelter your plants
The garden tunnel is therefore an ideal solution for those who do not wish to make large investments, but who would like at the same time to have more shelter than that offered by a mini greenhouse. The recommended minimum area for a garden greenhouse of this type is 6m2.
Types of garden tunnel
The tunnel greenhouse is recommended for people who prefer garden accessories simple and practical . It adapts easily to different types of space and exists in several versions for different budgets: the forcing tunnel that protects the plants from frosts, the tunnel accordion that allows to enlarge or reduce the surface of the greenhouse and the tunnel perforated forcing film which prevents the earth from drying out.
Variants of different size
Because of its popularity, the garden tunnel exists in several versions, smaller or larger, that correspond to the needs of different gardens. There are, for example, new generation tunnel greenhouses by Gro Garden Products as the one on the picture above, specially designed to be more rigid and more resistant. Another form of this greenhouse is the tent tunnel which is manufactured in different sizes, from the mini tunnel to the one of an area of several square meters.
Garden tunnel: installation tips
The good location of the greenhouse allows it to warm up even on the coldest days. To achieve this, the council of professionals is to choose an orientation in full south. Given its fragility, the garden tunnel is to climb out of obstacles and sheltered from the winds.
Make your tunnel greenhouse
Several traders offer complete garden tunnel kits. But if you prefer, you can also easily build your tunnel greenhouse yourself. In this case, you will need a solid base depending on the dimensions of your greenhouse (a wooden chest, pipes to be installed on the ground, etc.), a tarpaulin and heavy duty poles to support the tarpaulin. greenhouse.
Ideas for making small tunnel greenhouses
You can make a garden tunnel from recycled and cheap materials or by buying the necessary parts. In both cases, always choose good quality building elements. It is precisely this choice that will make your garden tunnel more resistant and safer to use while increasing its life.
Elevated tunnel greenhouse with metal hoops
Tunnel greenhouses for small spaces
Garden tunnel made of wood and plastic
Mini garden tunnel
Small tunnels of garden to realize oneself (with hoops on the image on the right)
Greenhouse gardening idea
Tunnel greenhouse leaned in polycarbonate
Tunnel greenhouse for a plant
Tunnel greenhouse made of wood and plastic