Do I Need a Polytunnel? Growing Vegetables Outside!

Do I Need a Polytunnel? Growing Vegetables Outside!


Apologies for the poor image quality on this video. I think Moss has knocked my camera over one too many times. Hopefully I can get it working again for the next one! 🙂


  1. Cathy Watson on August 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Hello from New Zealand….I recently found your channel by accident and have thoroughly enjoyed all your videos so far. You are very blessed to have discovered exactly what you want your life to be so early on, the very best of luck and I anxiously await the videos about the cottage. New Zealand is unfortunately a relatively young country and does not have any of theses wonderful old stone cottages in the countryside.
    Just to help your finances, please turn that horseshoe on the window sill up like the other to make a “ U bucket”….tradition says this holds on to your money whereas upside down like an “n” your money falls out. May be an old wives tales but no harm in trying 🤔 By the way, Moss is adorable and you could probably do a whole video just on his daily antics. Good luck and keep up the good work.

  2. Emily Gallagher on August 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Moss is so cute. He adores you, I love how much he loves affection. Such a good boy.

  3. carol King on August 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Years ago when we were young the next to us would let my husband get loads of sheep manure from under his shearing sheds and that built up our ground which was just clay

  4. by: jamie-hillier rubik on August 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Snails seem to leave plants in the polly alone and clean the green algae build up on the plastic. Epsom salts at the doorways and around plants stop slugs in their tracks!
    We live in the Tipperary mountains, about 1,300′ and the plastic is still flexible after 15 years. Their setup/ aligned too the prevailing wind and are very well dug in/secure all the way round… it is hard going to set up without a digger but well worth it… the grapes are going bonkers in one and give shade to shade loving plants. A Jasmine bush in one makes it smell divine for most of the summer.
    Some veggies do tend to bolt early in the heat of summer so yes, not suitable for pollys.
    I noticed the stonework of your cottage is beautifully faced… now theres a bit of really good luck, many are just made of field stone, not ideal.
    Lovely propagator, a little temp regulator is inexpensive and easy to wire in to keep it at 21c.
    Yes indeed, hardening off is a must, we learned that over the years, especially important up here with the night/day swing in temprature.

    Do you have any suggestions how to deal with an invasion of magpies without hurting them?
    Love 💖

  5. Big Tomo on August 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Hope your ok and have another upload soon

  6. Lt H on August 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Great lifestyle for a dog

  7. El Croc on August 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Hiya, would it be worth hot-glueing some dowels to anchor the bottle-greenhouses in case of badly-timed high winds? Simple but effective.

  8. Artytom Inquisitive Minds on August 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Great tips. I was wondering what was digging up my seedlings 🙂

  9. Norman Coutts on August 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Lots of good ideas here, thanks.

  10. GRIZZLY bear on August 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Good work, man 👍

  11. goonluv on August 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Can we get a tour of the cottage please

  12. Aidann Greenwolfe on August 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you for all the useful ideas and information!

  13. carol King on August 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    We only have a 1/4 acre even though we are surrounded by fields an the council would not let us buy any land so iI have always greminaated seeds in our large kitchen window to start with and then in trays in our front porch. Very successful but now 40 years on I am quite pleased as health sadly prevents us anyway. Since I was just a child my life has been gardens and books to make me happy.Sadly my husband is now badly into Alzheimer’s and I don’t think I can live here much longer so I really enjoy your blogs. x

  14. NaCreagachaDubha on August 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Do you not grow your own potatoes??? Thanks for another great video. As a suggestion for a future one, how about how you preserve your harvested crop to last you through the hungry months?

  15. Deb Fryer on August 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Crops have been thriving and feeding people for thousands of years before plastic was invented! And how are we going to cope with all that plastic now that recycling it is becoming a worldwide problem.

    Have you looked into winter sowing using recycled gallon jugs gathered from your community? This makes them strong and they need no hardening off. 100 jugs would fill your garden and can be used year after year.

    It doesn’t seem sensible to me that we try to extend the growing season. Lettuce for instance is a spring and summer food meant to cool the blood to cool us. Brussels sprouts are the most warming greens for winter consumption. Think of all that sun they have absorbed for 8 months. They freeze easily for winter storing and can be frozen outside in plastic bags.

    Seasonal eating is for optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients as each plant contains different bugs to feed our microbiome.

  16. Pumudu Madde on August 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    watching from tropical Sri Lanka. 🙂

  17. Diane DeDe on August 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Seems you’ve found you purpose in life. Your dog is so ☺happy as well as you. I share your video s with my daughter. You are richly blessed. Hope you believe in Yahweh whose son is Yeshua. A great inspiration to the world. Soon you will be with wife.

  18. Ian Wynne on August 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    No one said you cant grow without a polytunnel but it sure does help. Our climate benefits from plenty of warmth, if you can shield your plants from the wind and grow all year round. You can pick one up cheap on done, it’s well worth the expense, without a doubt.

  19. Francesco Gallarotti on August 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Are you and Moss on Instagram?

  20. Fred Flynstone on August 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I start tomatoes, onions and cantaloupe seeds in the green house but everything goes in the garden around the end of may, I sew all the other seed directly in the garden

  21. Csucsu Csucsuka on August 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Respect and love from the middle of Mayo 😉

  22. Kirk Barkley on August 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Gonna take a page outta your book: you’re such an awesome yet gentle soul!

  23. Maxine Smyth on August 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Hi there
    I really enjoyed this video on your vegetable garden and I look forward to more. I have an allotment that is in the early stages so I am always looking for. Good ways to do things. I would like to keep things simple and grow lots of flowers as well as veg. Thank you.

  24. sue wilson on August 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful place, beautiful garden. Love your fence. What a peaceful place. Love your puppy, seems so happy. Your whole way of living is so peaceful, breath of fresh air.

  25. Christina Crane on August 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Okay I have to say this. You look like Berry Gibb. One of the BeeGees. Lol. That sir is a compliment.

  26. jonathon waetford on August 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    what a beautiful dog.

  27. by: jamie-hillier rubik on August 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Your right of course however polys give you the opportunity for more variety and early vegies, protection for outside seedlings and tomatoes, fruits. Winter crops of course is another benefit. We have 2 with one now half full of grape vines.
    I LIKE your outside closhes!
    A good size tunnel is less than €1k all in and snails will do much of the alge cleaning though of course a little help cleaning every few years is helpful but a little shade also is required in the hight of the summer that the ‘clouding’ of the plastic gives.
    The ground up here doesn’t really warm up until june-july, a little later here in the hills than the lowlands, then outside growth explodes… about this time of year now… the veggies always make up for lost time but crops like leeks and root veggies need a headstart in our experience.
    Love 💖

  28. Juan Carlos Delgado on August 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Tomatos, potatos…lol I start watching this episode. I thought I was not going to finish watching it. It turned out, I did. It got really interesting even though I’m not a gardener or farmer. I like the tips he provides to have a successful harvest. I like how his dog collaborates w him in every episode. Also how he cares for his animals. It’s definitely a labor of love. Viva Mossy Bottom!

  29. James Hackett on August 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    rabbits not a problem!

  30. wormwood69 on August 11, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Lol. Brilliant rooster timing.

  31. Juulio on August 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    What a relaxing but beautiful way to learn more about growing food! I am studying sustainability science at University but still living in a city and not doing a lot practically. Really looking forward to have a similar lifestyle like you at some point!

  32. Diane DeDe on August 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I wonder if you could grow some nut trees. Wow! Also, root collars? Also, sugar cane?

  33. Lynn Purfield on August 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    We are is South Wales and certainly have similar climate challenges. I agree that the bulky veg like kale, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, chard, watercress, potatoes, the onion family, including garlic, the root veg, celery strains, oriental veg, spinach family, pumpkins and most fruit bushes and trees are very happy outside even with our chaotic climate. However, I do love my polytunnels and greenhouses for early seed sowing, growing on delicate things like cucumbers, peppers, tom and basil, and also greens that need that extra protection. In autumn the extra protection means I can bring on crops for late autumn and winter. You really ought to invest in one, you can work in there in all weather conditions, sit and read gardening magazines, chill out as you plan you next season crops and as I have done, bring on chicks, guinea pigs and the like…they all love the warm protection of a polytunnel.

  34. David Gray on August 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    2 questions. Do you own a gun? And do you have problems with post? 🤗

  35. The Forest Mystic Singh on August 11, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hello there. What vegetables/things would you grow inside? Things which you’d always need for example. Could you suggest anything?

  36. Night Shade on August 11, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    yes your right and myth I’ve ridges of veg

  37. Mary McAndrew on August 11, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I love your videos, the bloopers at the end with the rooster was great! There is a channel you may like to checkout on youtube called One Yard Revolution (I’m pretty sure) It’s’ in USA and he uses kind of like mini polytunnels, sort of the idea you did with the folding frame. They can be made short to not catch the wind as much, easy to lift off when you want. I think if I had a polytunnel or greenhouse my favorite use would be to go sit in it when it’s raining and just hang out with the plants! haha

  38. machc1234golf on August 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    how do you store your food though???

  39. Nick Doe on August 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    There is an awesome video of a man who put pvc tubes under the ground and built a greenhouse in a very snowy climate in the US and grows tropical plants all year long.

  40. G_Boz on August 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    As always thanks for the video. I would love to see a video which provides an overview of a "typical day". It would also be great to see a video of your list of projects and priorities. Thanks for your commitment to a sustainable life and for bringing us along on the journey

  41. Anne Mcglynn on August 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    how did you learn woodwork – did you take a course or was it trial and error?

  42. japan0phile1 on August 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    We’ll turn an Irishman out of you yet! You said that the birds are an absolute devil…..your going native…..will be saying divil soon in no time 🙂

  43. Sha ash on August 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I’m learning so MUCH from You. ThankYou ❤️

  44. Hannah wells on August 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    build a good compost heap ask your neighbour for his cow manure and get a hot compost then you propagate seedlings on top of it. Free propagation with zero electricity cost. Gardeners have always done this inside greenhouses.

  45. Lt H on August 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Would sprinkling diatamaceous earth around the base of the plants prevent slug attacks

    How do you prevent rat attacks? I know people who use allotments can have problems

  46. Alex Calderón Rodríguez on August 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Nice to see that everything is growing up… even your hair!!! Ha ha

  47. Naomi Barton on August 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hi. Can I ask how you store your produce so that it lasts you through the months once it’s harvested?

  48. louise mellor on August 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I’m very much enjoying the videos – thank you. However it was disappointing to see you using new water bottles for your drinking water. Whilst I can see they have a further life on your garden, I wonder why you have bought them in the first place. There must be a better way ..

  49. Cynthia Ennis on August 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    What did you use to turn up the soil & take out rocks so you could plant in the beginning, Daniel?

  50. rstevewarmorycom on August 11, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    The bugs, birds and animals will get them. Our ancestors just over-planted to feed the predators too. Use cheap rolls of sheet plastic, tape, and saplings to make some greenhouses.

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