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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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With the Met Office anticipating that this summer's fine weather will last throughout June, July and August, it’s becoming ever more important for soft fruit growers in the UK to look at ways in which they can adapt to increased temperatures. Whilst there are a number of methods to choose from, today we're looking at ventilation.

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We love gardening blogs – they somehow manage to identify all of the amazing, frustrating and down-right hilarious things that can happen to gardeners. On top of that, they’re also a great place to find ideas and inspiration for your garden or allotment. So here are 5 awesome blogs that we’ve enjoyed reading recently.

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Ventilation has always been an important aspect of calf welfare. Improving your existing building or ensuring that your new build is designed to the highest of standards has a lasting and positive impact on animal welfare.

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One of the most important factors to consider when growing produce in polytunnels is ventilation, and there are certainly plenty of benefits to ensuring that there is adequate air movement inside your polytunnel.

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One of the main challenges when building your polytunnel is getting the corners square. The 3-4-5 method, otherwise known as Pythagoras' theorem, can be applied to ensure that all the parts of your polytunnel fit together as planned.

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For keen kitchen gardeners or passionate allotmenteers, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons offers a range of interactive gardening courses. Located in the heart of the hotel’s gardens, the Raymond Blanc Gardening School will equip you with advice, ideas and inspiration for your own vegetable plot or allotment.

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The advantages of housing sheep at lambing time are profound. Livestock housing, particularly polyhouses, can provide a sheltered environment for new-born lambs and offer protection against extreme weather conditions. Housing at lambing time also allows ewe and lamb to be more carefully observed for signs of illness.

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With no pupils or teachers around at weekends, ensuring the crops in your school polytunnel remain watered can be a tricky affair. We’ve compiled a number of different solutions to this dilemma to help you ensure that your plants remain healthy and full of vigour.

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From commercial growers to hobby gardeners, a polytunnel can offer a vast range of benefits to businesses and consumers looking to become more sustainable.

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Producing clean sheep for slaughter guarantees the safety of consumers and helps to protect the reputation of the meat industry. We’ve compiled advice from a range of industry experts to help ensure that your livestock housing encourages cleanliness.

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50 years in polytunnel and steel-framed structures means that Northern Polytunnels have always been at the forefront of design and innovation. From 2018 we will be introducing high-performing steel, scientifically tested to have 20 times the protection against corrosion of regular pre-galvanised steel. ArmourGuard® by Northern Polytunnels is guaranteed to last for 100 years in even the most extreme and corrosive climates without deterioration.

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It may seem a bit premature to be thinking about getting your polytunnel ready for spring, but think again. Read our guide for tips on how to set the scene for a bountiful growing season.

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Northern Polytunnels have recently teamed up with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens to support the nation’s community growers and agricultural projects by offering an exclusive discount on our Easy-Build polytunnel range.

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Prepare for the winter months with handy tips for frost-protection and polytunnel maintenance, as well as tips on what to sow this autumn. With winter on its way, now’s your chance to get your polytunnel organised, make way for winter crops (if you haven’t already) and prepare for the fall in temperatures.

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How to protect your herd from Bovine TB

 

Bovine TB has recently been detected in the UK. Follow this guide 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 infected animals.

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