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With spring fast approaching, the new growing season is getting underway with gardeners looking forward and planning what they can grow in their polytunnels this year. We’ve put together some top tips to get your growing season off to a flying start this month.

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The start of a new year is usually the time for a lot of us to look at making lifestyle changes, be that going to the gym, a diet plan, or just simply vowing to eat healthier from now on. Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are the key to eating a healthier diet, but you can go a step further by growing your own produce. 

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When talking about growing seasons, no-one would expect you to be planting crops in the midst of winter. This is where polytunnels come in handy as there are so many things you can be doing now to help towards a flourishing garden throughout the year.

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Irrigation systems are a sure-fire way to ensure that your crops are watered an appropriate amount and within their specific requirements, particularly if your irrigation system is set up with a timer. Which is why it makes perfect sense to apply your fertiliser in the same way.

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With the temperatures dropping every day at this time of year, it is important to make sure that your plants are still getting the warmth they need to grow. Propagators and heaters for your polytunnels are excellent ways of helping your plants along at various stages of their lives.

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In Northdown Park in Margate a small community garden project is starting to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

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In an ideal world we would all spend every minute of the day in our polytunnels, trying to get the most out of our crops. However, if this isn’t an option, you need to know that your plants are taken care of when you are not around. This is why a proper irrigation and ventilation system is important.

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It is undeniable that more and more people are combatting the large supermarket chains and becoming more self-sufficient; Raised beds are the perfect solution, allowing even a concrete yard to be turned into a flourishing vegetable patch. 

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Did you know that over two thirds of strawberries in the UK are now grown here rather than overseas, approximately 90% of those strawberries are grown in polytunnels and Northern Polytunnels supplies the UK’s top strawberry growers.

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An undeniable trend in recent years is that more and more people are wanting to become self-sufficient and take pride in growing their own fruit and veg in their own space. The question still remains though: is it better to do this in a polytunnel or a greenhouse?

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One of the most important factors to consider when growing produce in polytunnels is ventilation.Proper ventilation for your polytunnel is crucial to getting the most out of your crops.

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The Chelsea Flower Show has been a staple British tradition since 1913 and has been growing in both size and popularity ever since. This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will be running from the 21st to the 25th of May, following the theme of encouraging people to “reconnect with nature”. 

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Single-use plastics are undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to nature and as we become more and more aware of the issues we face; we are all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Although it may not seem it, a polytunnel can actually do more good to the environment than harm.

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Martin Edwards, partner at R & D Gregory near Garstang, Lancashire installed two 850m² polyhouses in 2018 to supplement his existing traditional buildings. 

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Did you know that over two thirds of strawberries in the UK are now grown here, and approximately 90% of those strawberries are grown in polytunnels. Northern Polytunnels supplies the UK’s top strawberry growers.

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The team at Northern Polytunnels turned their attention towards designing a polytunnel with the same strength and durability it has become renowned for, scaled down to suit the hobby gardeners around the country but simple enough that you can put it up yourself with minimum assistance needed. 

We’ve included a step-by-step guide on how to build your own Easy-Build polytunnel:

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What used to be seen as a niche trend a few years ago has now expanded into the mainstream, with a wide variety of household brands now offering vegan options of their products without any sign of slowing down.

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The 16th of January celebrates the International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Whatever takes your fancy, we love seeing pictures of chillies that have been grown in our customers’ polytunnels. 

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The past 20 years or so have seen alpacas grow in popularity in the UK, with herds from as few as three alpacas up to 800. With this in mind, proper housing for them is incredibly important, and a top-quality polytunnel is swiftly becoming the obvious choice.

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Not that long ago, polythene tunnels were seen as a second-class option, opted for only by growers who did not want to incur the expense of a glasshouse, but special qualities in modern polythene covers such as spectral filters, additives and polymer technology have made polytunnels a more viable option.

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