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Are you using your polytunnel to its full potential? If so, not only will it provide you with tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer, you¿ll also be harvesting fresh crops all year round, even when the ground outside is frozen. You could be harvesting sweet potatoes and late celery in November; winter radish, baby carrots and celeriac in early February; salads leaves right through the winter; and even in the 'hungry gap¿ you¿ll have a choice of new potatoes, pak choi, broad beans, peas, tender cabbages, cauliflower, beetroot and more. How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel has all the information you need to make the most of this precious covered space, including: A crop-by-crop guide to the growing year; A dedicated chapter on growing for the 'hungry gap¿; A cropping chart to help with planning; Your tunnel¿s first year - timely advice for new tunnel gardeners.
Mark Gatter began growing vegetables in the early 1980s. He's a firm advocate of an organic, raised-bed approach and at his home in North Wales uses a combination of a polytunnel and outside beds to grow vegetables all year round. Andy McKee began gardening with his father at the age of five. He lives with his wife and family in rural Dorset where they are entirely self-sufficient in organic vegetables, using their polytunnel and a modest outdoor plot. He also collects and cooks food from the wild.
Table of Contents
Through the seasons
The tunnel's first year
The hungry gap
Plants for the polytunnel
Dealing with pests and diseases
Looking after the soil
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