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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 (otherwise 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 correctly 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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Growing is now part and parcel of the school curriculum, and the learning possibilities are endless. There is evidence that food growing in schools encourages and facilitates learning, particularly in science! Growing improves awareness and understanding of the natural environment and its importance to us. Most importantly it promotes health and well-being, particularly in relation to diet and nutrition.

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Raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants and are particularly popular for growing fruit and vegetables. They are a good way of boosting drainage and can be used to introduce a different soil type to your garden. Weeds can be kept at bay with weed control fabrics and ground sheets. Raised beds are also a useful way to garden if you have restricted mobility, as they reduce the need to bend.

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There is nothing quite like the delight of growing your own vegetables. Growing your own vegetables organically ensures healthful produce and saves you the high prices of organically grown produce at the supermarket. As you may know, spring comes around 6 weeks earlier inside your polytunnel and can maintain an optimum growing climate all year round. Planting vegetables at the right time of year will ensure a bumper crop year after year. Follow our simple When to Seed calendar to see what you should be planting this month.

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One of the best features of our new Easy-Build polytunnels are the aluminium base rails and door frames. So why did we decide to use aluminium over timber?

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As the dark nights are closing in the average gardener will be thinking of packing up tools and hibernating for the winter. However, for those with a polytunnel the growing can go on...

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The notion that a polytunnel is a poor man’s livestock house is certainly no longer the case.  Advancements in structural design, developments in covering materials, and improved engineering techniques make them a truly credible, inexpensive alternative to...

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At Northern Polytunnels we are seeing a growing trend (excuse the pun),  restaurants who want to grow their own ingredients.  Victor and Carina Contini have two award-winning restaurants located in the heart of Edinburgh and a cafe in The Scottish National Gallery. Their ethos is to provide simple, seasonal, healthy, ‘happy’ food to their customers. Victor and Carina's dream was to grow their own produce to serve their customers and family seasonal, plot to plate freshness. In 2012 the offer to...

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Leaf mold and other crop diseases thrive in wet, humid air. To combat this problem you will need to control the polytunnel environment. The best solution is fresh air flowing through your polytunnel. It is extremely important to preserve a constant climate that will give less opportunity for diseases to develop. There are various means of keeping your polytunnel ventilated below we look at some of the options…

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Clear or diffused, clear or diffused…confused?

We have introduced a new polytunnel cover to our range of polythene - Super Lux 50:50. It has been developed specifically for the UK climate by world leading crop biologists from UK universities.

The benefits of diffused light can vary from crop to crop, month to month and region to region. Very highly diffusing polytunnel covers perform well under clear skies in the summer months but in cloudy conditions and during the ‘shoulders’ of the growing season when sunlight is already diffused can lead to too much light being scattered out of the greenhouse.

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Without a doubt the ultimate summer sport is cricket and with the cricket season fast approaching, there’s no time like the present to get some practice…

We’ve have used our expert knowledge of steel film-clad structures and designed what we think is the best portable cricket net cage that creates the perfect batting practice area.

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Your business is important to us, we want to provide you with the highest quality products to enable you to run your business smoothly and hassle free.

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Our team have over 80 years combined experience in...

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Over the winter months, polytunnels will have been subjected to a great deal of damp weather. This will undoubtedly have left deposits of algae and other dirt on the tunnel, all of which needs to be cleaned away to ensure the interior receives as much sunlight as possible.

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The commercial world has long been aware of the many benefits of cultivating crops under polytunnels, and now hobby gardeners are catching on in their droves!

When producing fruit and vegetables on a commercial scale, it’s imperative to create production conditions that maximise yield and extend growing seasons in a cost-effective manner.

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