Whether you are a complete beginner gardener, or a more experienced grower, this comprehensive, practical month-to-month growing guide to polytunnel gardening has got what you need, telling you exactly what to do and when to do it, in order to grow the best fruit and vegetables all-year-round. From preparing the site to making a hotbed, from composts and organic feeds to identifying and coping with pests, plus information on how to get the best from each crop and month-to-month planting plans for year-round growing, this guide provides a wealth of practical tips and techniques as well as celebrating what can be achieved. Illustrated with 300 stunning colour photographs, this practical guide to polytunnels hand guides you through each month of the year, ensuring the best results all year round.
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 a skilled craftsman, photographer and journalist. He has written more than a 100 step-by-step making articles for woodworking magazines and had over 6,000 photographs published in books and magazines.
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
4: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AT A GLANCE
Broad beans (early crop)
Carrots (early crop)
Florence fennel (as an overwinter crop)
Peas (mangetout, as a spring crop)
Peaches and nectarines
Pumpkins and squash
Salad leaves: rocket, mizuna, etc.
Spinach, spinach beet and Swiss chard
5: PESTS, DISEASES AND OTHER PROBLEMS - AN ORGANIC APPROACH
Some polytunnel pests
Some polytunnel diseases
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
'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!