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Cucumbers grown in a polytunnel don’t need to be pollinated. Sow seeds in late February and move to your polytunnel in late May. Transplant the seedlings into your raised beds keeping them 60cm apart.

Female cucumbers can be trained up a length of string attached to your crop bar or double ridge (if you have them). These will...

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January is a great time for getting your polytunnel ready for spring. Start with the outside by removing any dead leaves from the polytunnel this can be done with a soft brush.

You can clean your polytunnel cover with a solution called Polytex pro. Polytex pro is a unique high energy cleaning fluid, which gently removes green slime, soot, traffic film, grease, pesticide and chemical residues from polytunnel covers.

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While you’re pretty much locked away for winter, with few gardening jobs to be done you should begin your polytunnel plan for the following year. When planning your planting, one thing to consider is companion planting. Companion plants are plants that grow well together and work harmoniously with nature. Some plants naturally repel insects / pests. Here are some ideas...

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Largely used in horticulture and agriculture, commercial polytunnels are the ultimate solution for growing crops and housing livestock. Recent advancements in technology and structural design now mean that polytunnels are fast becoming the preferred form of shelter in the farming sector, due in part to the affordability and excellent cover provided

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On a very hot day in July this year, Northern Polytunnels, along with the River Cottage team visited the LOL Foundation. The Lol Foundation is situated in maclesfield and supports ex servicemen and women, who are struggling with

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Polytunnels offer the commercial grower a suitable environment for many varieties of fruit, flowers and vegetables, with the advantage of being able to cover a large area of ground relatively inexpensively compared to glasshouse cultivation and its high maintenance costs. The correct siting of a polytunnel, whether domestic or commercial, is critical in order to achieve the highest possible yields from produce whilst keeping the polytunnel in good condition.

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Following on from the two week family holiday to Crete in August, we came home to a polytunnel bursting with ripe toms, chillies (which Yasmin – aged two, thinks are sweets because of all the bright colours – she’ll learn!), aubergines, basil, sweetcorn , figs and grapes – however, the later two are still very young at this stage… and the plot outside – covered with an abundance of weeds.

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BPI Visqueen have recently made some changes to the horticultural polythene they produce. Working closely with The University of Lancaster and The University of Reading they have produced two new polythenes Lumisol Clear and lumisol Diffused.

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Last month, we sponsored one of our constructors Kevin Robinson along with two friends David Pye and Brian Clarke, embarked on a 27 day adventure. Setting off in a Red Vauxhall Corsa that would visit 13 countries covering over 8,000 miles all to raise money for charity.

The outcome of the adventure (apart from some fun) is the guys raised money for charities Blue Marine Foundation and Cool Earth

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An increasingly relevant structure type in commercial growing, horticultural polytunnels are unmatched in their ability to provide secure and cost effective covering for vast areas of land being used for cultivation.

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Following a terrible tragedy at the weekend, Northern Polytunnels would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our colleague, Matthew Polanski. He will be sadly missed.

Sad News from Knockhill

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If you have children and are not retired, it’s almost a given; that of a ‘two week summer vacation’, which has been marked on the calendar and pinned to the back of the kitchen door. The very fact that it’s highlighted in red - the letters are in bold black marker, should give you some idea to the significance to what this event holds to most in the family household. Sound familiar?

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This week we were honored to visit the LOL Foundation at Dreamcatcher Farm in Macclesfield. Northern Polytunnels donated a 14 x 42 Garden Range Polytunnel to the foundation, which we constructed this week. Speaking to many of the volunteers we were deeply moved by the reasons many were there...

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Having over an acre of spare land at the back of his pub, Glen decided to create his Incredible Edible Beer garden. In the Lancashire town of Ramsbottom, is The Eagle and Child pub.Not any ordinary pub...

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A question we regularly get asked here at Northern Polytunnels is “Do I need planning permission to erect a polytunnel?”. With this in mind, we figured it would make sense to put together a short guide, to inform all our customers of the latest planning regulations when it comes to polytunnels.

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You just can’t beat a beautiful July English summers day and fingers crossed we’ll have plenty of them this year! Many of us love nothing more than pottering around our gardens and polytunnels on a hot summers day, harvesting our crops and preparing for (dare we say it?) the Autumn and Winter season.

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We’re all getting back to basics and growing our own in the garden is something which is rapidly growing in popularity. Everyone is hoping for a barbecue summer with long, sunny days which are perfect for helping provide a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables, but if the past few years are anything to go by, we are more likely to see endless weeks of rain and wind. The problematic British climate means that we have to give nature a helping hand, and one of the best ways of doing this is by erecting a polytunnel.

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With variable English weather, allotment gardeners Sue Hinton and David Saunderson yearned for a polytunnel. This month Sue gives us an insight into their experience of selecting and erecting a polytunnel and encourages others to have a go.

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Polytunnels are a valuable addition to any garden, allowing you to prolong the growing season so you can harvest crops for longer and increase the variety of crops you can grow.

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There’s nothing we love more at Northern Polytunnels than the taste of home grown fruit and vegetables. Planting your own fruit and vegetables and watching them blossom into deliciously tasty strawberries, sweet peas, raspberries or other such delights is extremely rewarding.

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