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Polytunnels: preparing for winter
Make sure you've finished preparing the polytunnel for winter before you put your feet up
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...
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!
Essential tools for your polytunnel
Having the right tools and materials in your polytunnel saves time and effort, and needn't cost a fortune.
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...
Polytunnel watering in a hosepipe ban
You can water inside a polytunnel with a soaker hose - even during a hosepipe ban
Polytunnels in early spring: the tunnel awakes
Don't miss the early signs of spring in your polytunnel!
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.
Polytunnels in Winter
Understanding the tunnel environment in winter means separating three important factors which affect plant growth; sunlight, temperature and wind chill.
The Tashi Tunnel: sending a polytunnel to India
We're sending a polytunnel to an organic farm in south India. Why? Find out here.
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.
Types of Polytunnel
The basic structure of a polytunnel (hoophouse) is simple, but variations on the basic theme include some impressive high-end products.
A brief summary of the most popular uses of polytunnels from vegetable growing to sheltering animals in winter.
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.
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.
3: A new polytunnel – the frame
Now that the foundation poles are in place, it’s time to put the frame together.
Rejuvenating a soaker hose
Learn how to restore the performance of porous soaker hoses such as Leaky Pipe® which have deteriorated over time.
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.
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.
Polytunnels in Summer
With every plant in the tunnel bursting with vitality and raring to go, the polytunnel gardener is much in demand.
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?
A polytunnel can form an essential part of a community farm or garden, and the focus for its community spirit.
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.
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.
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.
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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