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step into the greenhouse, it feels almost tropical. Isn’t it amazing how a greenhouse traps the warmth? The automatic vents have opened, proving the rise in temperature isn’t a figment of my imagination.This week I’ll get everything in place for early
Where you place a new greenhouse or polytunnel can make the difference between growing success and failure, so it’s important to get it right. With careful siting, it should be possible to optimise the productivity of your structure, which helps
A greenhouse or polytunnel allows you to grow a wider range of plants, and extends the growing season. Once the structure is in place you'll need to kit it out with a few essential items, listed below.You’ll have more success raising your own seeds
base rail, you can make one using lengths of 70 x 45mm timber, cut to length, then bolted on to the foundation tubes.Add a base railYou can buy anti-hot spot tape from most polytunnel/greenhouse suppliers. Place a strip along each hoop to cushion
Buying a greenhouse structure from a supplier, then assembling it yourself can save you more than £300 on construction costs - and the bigger the structure, the more you'll save. On top of building costs, you'll be saving on ground levelling
Growing tomatoes with ring-culture pots involves surrounding the crop with a bottomless ring and adding layers of compost at 10-14 day intervals. This encourages the tomato to root from the stem so it can take up more water and nutrients than it would get from the growing bag alo...
snap when bent. Hold the stem as you remove each pod to reduce the risk of damage to the plant.AdamHarden off peas before planting out. Whether raised in a greenhouse or bought as plants, this will reduce the risk of a sudden check in their growth