No-Effort Food Production in a Permaculture Tunnel

I’ve been busy this morning working in the tunnel!
Following on from the other day when the pipe was broken and a tap was subsequently erected in the tunnel, there’s a lot of tidying-up to do!

I decided to put a big bin, to hold water, just underneath the tap.

In this way, it’s easy to collect excess water and then to have it at the right temperature for watering plants here in the tunnel.

A lot of the plants in here have self-seeded…so many of the plants have done their own planting! This is one of the achievements of permaculture, where the conditions are put in place for optimum food production with as little input as possible!

Purple Sprouting Broccoli with their babies!
Lots of Broccoli and lots of seedlings…none of which was ever sown in this tunnel!
I moved some of the seedlings in around the base of the bin…

That way, the Broccoli will have plenty of support as they grow and heat from the black water bin will be transferred to the plants for optimum growing conditions!

All the Lemon Balm and Parsley is coming up really lush. Of course, with Lemon Balm, it only needs to be sown once as it is a perennial.

There’s also lots of Shamrock growing in here, especially in the warm, damp places.

Oregano abounds, it is almost a weed!

In amoungst the plants there is lots of Aquilegia, or Columbine. I plant flowers in around the vegetables and fruit as this is a way of keeping the Bees happy!

It also keeps me happy!

Thyme spilling over the stone edging the paths in the tunnel. It’s a beautiful scent when walking along and brushing against it!

As I’m working in here I can hear the sound of the water trickling from the tap into the bin…it’s like a water feature and the sound is very relaxing!

I have an old Wicker and Bamboo here in the tunnel…

I have stored the cushions from this in the shed and shall be dusting them off in the coming days…this is a great, all-weather place to relax…and warm too!


  1. Your garden looks lovely, so productive at this time of year, guess I’ll have to move, my plants in the polytunel are just poking through the soil, except last years chard which managed to hang on in there through the winter.

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