Build your Own Poly/Shade Tunnels

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Have you have ever wanted a cover for your veggie garden to extend the growing season, to shade your plants in summer, or maybe you want a large poly tunnel / shade house to propagate and grow your special plants in. If so, then this is the class for you.

This is a construction master class where Richard Lee from KABUU is going to build a new polytunnel at KABUU Urban Farm in Research and you can come along and learn through a hands on workshop.  What better way to learn how to build one yourself than to see one being built by an expert  and help as required.

Richard started with a 2mx1m hoop tunnel to cover his homegrown veggies from cabbage butterflies. Four years later, Richard has progressed to building larger and larger tunnels, learning and improving with each one, the latest being a 4 meter by 18 meter polytunnel. He has researched and tried everything he could find on the internet about DIY tunnels and greenhouses, and has build them from low cost plastic to strong metal structures that withstand the elements. He is also conscious of the animals that live in Melbourne and has incorporated ways to keep the animals safe outside and the produce safe inside.

This DIY masterclass will teach you how to build a tunnel for your home or farm.  The design being used can be adjusted to meet your needs. From bench covers for propagation, covering raised wicking beds, small propagation houses, shade houses to farm sized 50m rows.

Richard has tools to make metal poly tunnel widths that are 90cm wide, 1.2m wide, 1.8m wide or 3.6m wide. The depth/length of the tunnel is modular so can be from 90cm to 20m and beyond.

  • 0.9m and 1.2m  widths are good for garden bed covers.

  • 1.8m and 3.6m widths are small shade house /greenhouse.

As a part of this class you will learn about:

  • Planning a tunnel that meets your needs

  • The tools and materials required

  • Where to source supplies

  • Measuring, cutting and forming / bending materials

  • How to construct a tunnel safely

  • Optional extras you can build for your tunnel

We have allowed for 5 hours (including breaks) although time will need to flexible depending on number of attendees, quantity of questions and conversation and the weather.

Please bring a packed lunch / snack and water bottle.

Please bring gloves, safety glasses, covered shoes (work boots would be good if possible)

As this workshop is being held on private property in Research, we will send out the address once bookings have been made.

Note : As this is an outside class, we will be keeping an eye on the weather and will keep you updated we decide to rescheduled it.

About Richard Lee

Richard is the owner and operator of KABUU, a start-up enterprise based in Banyule and Nillumbik, Victoria which runs a micro-nursery and grow vegetables, herbs, baby salads and microgreens. Since May 2014 Richard has had a regular seedling stall at Victorian Farmer's Markets in and around Melbourne. His specialty is growing eco-friendly organic KABUU Seedlings using the Natures BoxPress method.

Richard is an aspiring ecological urban farmer and is committed to growing sustainably with the  goal is to transform vacant and underutilised urban spaces into thriving food producing systems; supplying quality fresh food to local communities.

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What you will learn
  • How to plan a shade / tunnel structure to meet your needs
  • What tools and supplies are need
  • How to build a tunnel
What you will get
  • Practical experience in building a new poly tunnel

What to bring
  • Gloves, Safety Glasses, Work Shoes, Packed lunch
What to wear

Work clothes and closed boots

Appropriate for

urban farmers, home gardeners, farmers, nursery owners, horticulturist

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  • Attendee initiated cancellations - Refunds will be issued for cancellations if you give at least 7 days notice prior to the start date. Refunds will be reduced by 1) a $10 SGA administration fee 2) WeTeachMe fees (if applicable) and 3) any financial transaction fees (if aplicable).
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Terms & Conditions

SGA’s Booking Conditions

  • Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendance.
  • If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed by SGA. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time for registration and seating

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24 October 2018 • Build your Own Poly/Shade Tunnels

A really enjoyable, informative day. Communication prior to class was good. The rainy weather was accommodated for. All the information was relevant and questions answered clearly. The practical work was helpful. The work being achieved on this private property was inspiring. The day was spent with a really good group of people. I look forward to building my own polytunnel in the future. Jodie.


23 October 2018 • Build your Own Poly/Shade Tunnels

it was another fantastic workshop. Richard - the poly tunnel guy was inspiring (so is the other Richard!) with his clear view of values and vision. He continues to develop his knowledge and skills, reviewing what can be done better. No hesitation on sharing his wealth of knowledge. being part of the group to make the poly tunnel - priceless. Learning techniques and tips. well done. most enjoyable, friendly day.


08 October 2018 • Build your Own Poly/Shade Tunnels

I attended the poly tunnel class on the weekend. We helped create a large tunnel used for commercial purposes. We were given lots of hands on opportunities so that we were familiar with the assembly processes. To see that we had contributed to building a such a structure was both rewarding and empowering.