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How to protect your herd from Bovine TB

 

Bovine TB has recently been detected in th UK. Follow this guidance on how to keep your herd safe.

Bovine TB (tuberculosis) is a chronic, infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is mainly, but not exclusively, a respiratory disease caught by breathing in droplets of sputum (mucus coughed up from the lower airways) containing M bovis for example through close contact with infected cattle and wildlife. Infection is also possible through other routes for example eating feed contaminated with sputum, milk, urine, faeces or pus from infectious animals.

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Thinking about getting a polytunnel for lambing or housing calves? 

Farms are covered by the same planning regulations as other types of property. Some planning rules include special conditions for agricultural buildings and land.

Sheep House

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The best time to water your polytunnel, as with elsewhere in your garden, is in the evening. Plants with deeps roots are able to pull water up from deeper layers of the soil, but for smaller plants or those with shallow root systems (such as lettuce) watering in the evening allows more time for the plant to draw up more water than a morning application.
 
There are many ways in which this can be done...
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There’s alot to consider when making the decision of growing undercover. This handy 20 point guide will help you decide whether a polytunnel is for you, debunk some polytunnel myths and explain some of the jargon. Ready? Lets get started.

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Putting up your polytunnel frame is more or less the same for any polytunnel, regardless of the manufacturer. To start any polytunnel build we recommend you use the 3,4,5 triangle (otherwide known as the Pythagoras Theorem). Don't let the name fool you, by following some simple steps you can get your polytunnel build off to the right start.

The 3,4,5 triangle is the idea that a triangle with sides of these ratios will give you the perfect right angle, giving you a perfectly 'squared up' polytunnel. Not having your foundations set up correclty will mean you are asking for a problematic build, that will likely cost you a lot of time and effort to correct.

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Winter is certainly setting in and mornings of glistening frost and a biting breeze are becoming more and more frequent. Temperatures in your polytunnel may be starting to dip below freezing, never fear though there are some tried and tested ways to keep young, tender plants snug and warm until spring arrives. 

 

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There's a lot to consider when making the decision of growing undercover. This handy guide will help you to decide whether a polytunnel is for you, debunk some of the polytunnel myths and explain some of the jargon. Ready? Let's get started.

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Proving that our Commercial Multi-Span Polytunnels have limitless possibilities, we are proud to have worked with Farmopolis, London's new floating oasis. Surrounded by the iconic vistas of the River Thames Farmopolis will relocate thousands of plants from the PHS Chelsea Flower Show to create a green oasis on the jetty at Greenwich Peninsula.

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Slopes can be a challenge for any build, and polytunnels are no different. Luckily there are some tried and tested ways to successfully erect your polytunnel securely and safely. Check out our handy guide.

 

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As some of you may know, we have started a little NP kitchen garden to help fill our lunch boxes and so our mum's know we are getting our greens. I'll be keeping you posted as the season goes on... as a novice myself, I will be relying on our experienced irrigation and polytunnel team for advice and giving you some helpful tips along the way too. Follow me on my journey to become ‪#‎LunchBoxSelfSufficient‬

 

First things first, irrigation.

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