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How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Through the seasons 2 The tunnel's first year 3 Winter 4 Spring 5 The hungry gap 6 Summer 7 Autumn 8 Plants for the polytunnel 9 Seed saving 10 Dealing with pests and diseases 11 Looking after the soil Resources

About the Author

Mark Gatter grew up in suburban London, but always wanted to live somewhere rural. He eventually got his wish when he swapped houses with a friedn from the Lake District, both agreeing to deal with the landlords later. After living there for five yers, and co-running a printing partnership, Mark went on a two week holiday to California, and ending upliving there for eighteen years after meeting his wife. Whilst in California, his love of gardening grew, with a special focus on growing food. Mark currently lives in Carmarthenshire with his wife, and spends a full week in every month in his two-acre smallholding with his rescue sheep, chickens and dogs, a 10 x 20ft polytunnel and an area of raised beds. They grow as much organic food as they possibly can, and enjoy giving it away at least as much as eating it themselves. Andy McKee grew up in Belfast, and first grew vegetables with his father at the age of five. After an early career in pharmacy, he pursued his interest in gardening and vegetable growing, and has grown in situations ranging from a seventeenth storey window box to guerrilla gardening in the middle of a Christmas tree plantation. Andy has lived in Birmingham, Belfast and the Isle of Man, and now lives with his wife and family in rural Dorset. The family is entirely self-sufficient in vegetables. Andy has also helped to set up the Transition Town initiative for Dorchester, which is scheduled to 'go live' in Spring 2009. Andy has contributed regularly to the blog section of the Ecologist Online, and his personal blog can be found at www.hedgewizardsdiary.blogspot.com. Mark and Andy have written two boths together for Green Books: The Polytunnel Handbook and How To Grow Food in Your Polytunnel.

Reviews

"Andy and Mark are fast becoming Britain's polytunnel gurus. This is an excellent sequel to The Polytunnel Handbook, and will show you how to make productive use of every square inch of space."

* Simon McEwan, Editor, Country Smallholding *

"This beautifully presented book covers every possible aspect of polytunnel growing. It will give kitchen gardeners the expertise and confidence they need to get the very best from their tunnel."

* Benedict Vanheems, Editor, Grow it! *

"What I like about this book is the two writers not only clearly know their stuff, they are also very capable of sharing their knowledge. In the plants for the polytunnel section there are nice diagrams heading each vegetable making it a quick reference much in the same way as Hessyan's expert series."

* Self Sufficient-ish Website - 4 November 2010 *

"The authors' [...] enthusiasm will draw you in. The book will give you all you need to know about preparing the site, choosing the right polytunnel, setting it up and maintaining it."

* Positive News - Winter 10/11 *

"From planning your first growing year, to rotating your crops, dealing with pests and keeping the soil at its finest this book will have you up and running in no time."

* South Wales Argus *

"I like the simple plan for year one, the was it is divided into seasons month-by-month with preparation, sowing, growing, harvesting and problem solving tips including all possible pests for every fruit or veg covered."

* Permaculture Magazine *

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