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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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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.
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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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