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Polytunnels: preparing for winter

Polytunnels: preparing for winter

Make sure you've finished preparing the polytunnel for winter before you put your feet up

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Planning Permission for Polytunnels (Wales)

Planning Permission for Polytunnels (Wales)

Do you need planning permission for polytunnels? Unless you live in a National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or similar, garden polytunnels usually don’t – but visit the Welsh version of...

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More tools for your polytunnel

More tools for your polytunnel

Here’s another set of really useful polytunnel / greenhouse tools. Some are obvious enough, some less so - but they're all pretty much essential!

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Essential tools for your polytunnel

Having the right tools and materials in your polytunnel saves time and effort, and needn't cost a fortune.

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The first year in a polytunnel: planning, beds and seeds

If you’re thinking of putting in a polytunnel here are some tips on how to plan everything – including filling it with your first plants. Don’t just jump in! There are some important...

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Polytunnel watering in a hosepipe ban

You can water inside a polytunnel with a soaker hose - even during a hosepipe ban

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Polytunnels in early spring: the tunnel awakes

Don't miss the early signs of spring in your polytunnel!

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6: A new polytunnel – the beds

6: A new polytunnel – the beds

Spend time planning the beds and paths in your polytunnel, because they'll probably be there for a long time.

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Polytunnels in Winter

Polytunnels in Winter

Understanding the tunnel environment in winter means separating three important factors which affect plant growth; sunlight, temperature and wind chill.

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The Tashi Tunnel: sending a polytunnel to India

The Tashi Tunnel: sending a polytunnel to India

We're sending a polytunnel to an organic farm in south India. Why? Find out here.

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Polytunnels in autumn

Polytunnels in autumn

Autumn in the polytunnel is a time for planting for the winter and hungry gap, as well as for harvesting melons and other autumnal treats.

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Types of Polytunnel

The basic structure of a polytunnel (hoophouse) is simple, but variations on the basic theme include some impressive high-end products.

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Polytunnel Uses

A brief summary of the most popular uses of polytunnels from vegetable growing to sheltering animals in winter.

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5: A new polytunnel – the doors

Once the polytunnel doors are in place you have a much better chance of keeping out slugs, rodents and other unwanted guests.

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4: A new polytunnel – the cover

4: A new polytunnel – the cover

When you put the cover on your polytunnel frame the space inside warms up immediately. If it's your first tunnel, you'll be amazed.

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3: A new polytunnel – the frame

3: A new polytunnel – the frame

Now that the foundation poles are in place, it’s time to put the frame together.

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Rejuvenating a soaker hose

Learn how to restore the performance of porous soaker hoses such as Leaky Pipe® which have deteriorated over time.

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2: A new polytunnel – ground tubes

2: A new polytunnel – ground tubes

The second in our series of polytunnel installation articles looks at how to get the tunnel foundations exactly right.

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1: A new polytunnel – Introduction

1: A new polytunnel – Introduction

This is the introduction to a series of articles covering the installation of a new polytunnel and its first year in production.

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Polytunnels in Summer

Polytunnels in Summer

With every plant in the tunnel bursting with vitality and raring to go, the polytunnel gardener is much in demand.

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Growing Under Cover: an introduction

Growing Under Cover: an introduction

Being able to grow under cover is crucial in any plot. But which is right for you - growing under plastic, or under glass?

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Community Polytunnels

Community Polytunnels

A polytunnel can form an essential part of a community farm or garden, and the focus for its community spirit.

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Putting up a polytunnel

Putting up a polytunnel

Polytunnels are easier to erect than flat-packed furniture, and provided you get a tight fit on the cover they are immensely strong.

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Polytunnels in Spring

Polytunnels in Spring

Of all the seasons, spring is when the benefits of the polytunnel will be most obvious. Inside the tunnel it already feels like summer.

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How to clean a polytunnel

Over winter, your tunnel will become coated with algae. It's vital that the cover is cleaned in spring to let in as much light as possible.

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Taking care of your polytunnel cover

Taking care of your polytunnel cover

The cover of a polytunnel (high tunnel) should last for five years. With proper care they can last much longer, so here are the ground rules for caring for your cover.
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