Greenhouses & polytunnels articles

Jan
27
2017
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in February

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In your greenhouse or tunnel you may now be fooled that spring has arrived. Your tunnel or greenhouse can easily warm up to 20˚C during sunny spells. You also notice that the days are getting longer and your gardening itch is starting up again. Read more …

Dec
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in January

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January can be the beginning of your creative gardening year in your greenhouse or polytunnel. It’s the first awakening of the year. You can start off new seedlings on your propagator and sow and plant the first vegetables into the ground. Read more …

Nov
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in December

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It’s a good time to take a break from your tunnel or greenhouse. All you need to do is harvest your salads and ventilate as much as possible. If you have spare time you can prepare the beds for the following year. Read more …

Oct
30
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in November

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We usually don’t think about our tunnel or greenhouse in November. There is very little need for it especially if you have planted the winter salads and overwintering garlic cloves and onion sets in October. There is much less need for watering and also the weeds have slowed down. Read more …

Sep
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in October

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October is the month for clearing and tidying. Your cucumbers and courgettes are likely to be finished and many other plants are getting exhausted and diseased, but hopefully you have a batch of new salad crops ready to plant out now. Read more …

Jul
10
2016
Simon Fairlie

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals?

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It’s always more expensive to do the right thing isn’t it? Like taking the train instead of driving or flying, or buying recycled products, organic food or natural building materials. If you want to do the environmentally-friendly or socially-just thing, it’s going to cost you more money. That can’t be right, can it? Read more …

Jun
12
2016
Paul Rollason

Building a geodesic dome greenhouse

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I watched the weather on the met office website avidly from midweek hoping that Sunday would be fine with light winds. First the weather looked OK then the next day Malcolm called to ask if I really wanted to go ahead Read more …

Jun
2
2016
Paul Rollason

Why we decided our greenhouse would be a geodesic dome

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We are in the process of building a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse like the one above. There will be another blog article soon about exactly how we built it.  Read more …

Feb
28
2016
Andy Reynolds

It’s time to repair greenhouses and cold frames: glass cutting advice

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It’s that time of year when thoughts have already turned to the vegetable patch and raising seedlings. This is where the glasshouse and cold frame make a huge difference to getting those plants going. Read more …

Feb
7
2016
John Harrison

Viable self-sufficiency

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Back 40 years ago in 1976, John Seymour’s most famous work –The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – was published. It was billed as for dreamers and realists which was pretty accurate. Read more …

Feb
4
2016
Dave Darby

Win a copy of our partner Sally Morgan’s great new book, ‘Living on One Acre or Less’

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This is a new book by our partner Sally Morgan of Empire Farm. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting and running your own micro-smallholding. Read more …

Dec
12
2015
John Harrison

How to buy, dismantle and re-build a second-hand greenhouse

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A large good quality greenhouse can cost anything from £500 to well over £1,000, which can make a substantial dent in anyone’s budget. So, having decided that I really wanted a greenhouse, I scoured the local papers “for sale” columns. Read more …

Mar
8
2015
Paul Jennings

Putting up a polytunnel: fresh fruit & veg all year round

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There’s loads of information around when you come to put up your polytunnel. The one I’ve just finished erecting came with really good instructions and the company website provides a whole host of instructional videos for the fiddly bits Read more …

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