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Strawberries have long been synonymous with British summer, whether as a layer of a fancy victoria sponge cake, as jam in a scone, or simply with cream on a lawn watching Wimbledon. While these ruby gems carry the weight of an icon, they can also be tricky to grow. Many novice gardeners become disenfranchised with the strawberry after they lose a crop to aphids, birds or poor weather conditions. 

 

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A polytunnel is a useful piece of kit when it comes to working in unpredictable British weather. It offers shelter for the gardener and precious plants of a more delicate constitution, it keeps off frost, warms up soil and generally makes the entire experience a little more productive (except for all the watering). But how does that actually translate into time - how many more material weeks of growing time are available to you?

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Early Carrots can be ready for harvest as soon as mid-April - depending on variety and the conditions. Sowing in containers in a polytunnel can be the perfect start to kickstart the year’s crop, as it allows flexibility of conditions (moving containers outside when the world warms up) and warmer soil to start with. 

So if you are looking around your empty polytunnel with nothing in it but visions of spring, consider an early carrot to kick start the season.

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 Sustainable living has been a growing trend in the past few years and as individuals focus on what they can do to go greener, we are all turning a speculative eye on our back gardens, imagining rows of neat rows of produce. If we want to do more than just dabble, or give up tomatoes for good, an outdoor growing structure becomes an inevitable purchase. Extending the growing season is key to success and a greenhouse or polytunnel offers shelter, warmth and a bit of cover through the cooler months or for plants from warmer climes. 

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March is the time of year when keen gardeners are looking at getting their seeds sown and their new crops under way, but one thing you need to bear in mind is how to protect your plants from pests especially in their more vulnerable early stages. 

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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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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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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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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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