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The Polytunnel Book : Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round

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In one affordable polytunnel, kitchen-garden guru Joyce Russell shows you how to grow vegetables easily, organically and abundantly so that you have something to eat every month of the year. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, this comprehensive, practical, month-by-month guide to polytunnel gardening has got everything 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. The Polytunnel Book 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 192 x 245 x 22.86mm | 716.68g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 colour photographs
  • 0711231702
  • 9780711231702
  • 1,730

Table of contents

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
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Review quote

'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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About Joyce Russell

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.
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