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The Polytunnel: Planning - Siting - Erecting - Using - Maintaining

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A polytunnel can be used as an affordable, low-carbon aid to growing your own food all year round, and this manual looks at all aspects of using a polytunnel, from planning your purchase to harvesting the rewards. It includes a step-by-step guide detailing how polytunnels are constructed and maintained. There are chapters on developing healthy soil and preventing pests, and a jargon-free guide to the range of often mystifying accessories that many tunnel retailers offer. For the DIY enthusiast, there is a full ...

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Overview

A polytunnel can be used as an affordable, low-carbon aid to growing your own food all year round, and this manual looks at all aspects of using a polytunnel, from planning your purchase to harvesting the rewards. It includes a step-by-step guide detailing how polytunnels are constructed and maintained. There are chapters on developing healthy soil and preventing pests, and a jargon-free guide to the range of often mystifying accessories that many tunnel retailers offer. For the DIY enthusiast, there is a full set of instructions for building a polytunnel from scratch, and the authors explain how to keep your polytunnel productive in every season.

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“Polytunnels have a key role to play in the grow-your-own revolution, and a comprehensive guide such as this is long overdue.”  —Simon McEwan, Country Smallholding magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900322454
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,187,318
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Gatter began growing vegetables while homesteading in north California in the early 1980s, and has been a gardener ever since. He relies on a polytunnel to keep fresh food on the table through the winter. Andy McKee uses his polytunnel to keep his family entirely self-sufficient in vegetables. They are the authors of How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel.

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Table of Contents

1. Planning your purchase
2. The big day
3. Self-build tunnels
4. The tunnel environment
5. Planting through the year
6. Preventing pests
7. Thinking outside the tunnel

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