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The Polytunnel Book
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CONTENTS



Introduction

How to use this book



1: SETTING UP A POLYTUNNEL

Choosing the right location

Choosing the polytunnel

Preparing the land

Putting up a classic, hooped polytunnel

Laying out the inside of the polytunnel



2: A FEW ESSENTIALS

Some thoughts on seeds

Some thoughts on compost



3: A MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO A YEAR IN THE POLYTUNNEL

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December



4: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AT A GLANCE

Aubergines

Basil

Beetroot

Broad beans (early crop)

Broccoli

(Spring) cabbage

Carrots (early crop)

Courgettes

Cucumbers

Figs

Florence fennel (as an overwinter crop)

French beans

Grapes

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Melons

Peas (mangetout, as a spring crop)

Peaches and nectarines

Peppers

New potatoes

Pumpkins and squash

Salad leaves: rocket, mizuna, etc.

Spinach, spinach beet and Swiss chard

(Early) strawberries

Sweetcorn

Tomatoes





5: PESTS, DISEASES AND OTHER PROBLEMS - AN ORGANIC APPROACH

Some polytunnel pests

Some polytunnel diseases

Mineral deficiencies

Some physical problems



6: ONGOING CARE

Crop rotation in a polytunnel

Ten steps to soil health

Repairs and maintenance



7: MAKE YOUR OWN

How to make a hotbed

How to make your own potting mixes

How to make liquid feeds





List of suppliers

Glossary

Index

Acknowledgements

About the Author

JOYCE RUSSELL has thirty years of practical experience of fruit and vegetable growing, while feeding a family from the garden. She writes each month for Kitchen Garden Magazine, as well as regular contributions to other magazines and newspapers. She wrote for Organic Gardening magazine for ten years. BEN RUSSELL is an experienced photographer who has had over 3,000 photographs published in magazines, newspapers and books. He specializes in high quality practical garden photography.

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'Enhanced by Ben Russell's colourful and purposeful photos, this is a great book to have by your side, demostrating the range and variety of what you can grow in a polytunnel - and all year round too!

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