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  • Anchorage

    Polytunnel Ground Anchor Kit

    A must have accessory when buying a polytunnel is the ground anchor kit. This offers great Anchorage for your polytunnel and simply skrews into the ground. The anchor kits also come with 2 rolls of tough hotspot tape which is used to stop the bolts rubbing on the cover and wearing it down.

    http://www.crocodiletrading.co.uk/tunnel-anchorage-installation-kit/

  • Cucamelons

    Cucamelon are tiny fruits the size of grapes except they are nothing like grapes. As you may have guessed by the unusual name they look like tiny watermelons and have taste of cucumber with lime. It turns out it is not a genetically grown fruit and it has been around in Mexico for centuries and is a delicacy. Continue reading

  • Tomatoes

    If you use a polytunnel it may well be time to pick your tomatoes at long last. Once they are picked there are endless possibilities on what to use them for you could chop them up in a curry or make a tomato and mozzarella salad or even make a delicious pasta sauce.

  • Polytunnel benefits

    Polytunnel benefits

    Crops grow quicker earlier and possibly larger. They are per square metre less expensive than glass or polycarbonate greenhouses. There is a wide range of sizes available. They absorb the sun and achieve the most productive germination and Spring growing temperatures two to six weeks ahead of the open garden according to your location.They protect growing plants from rain, frost, snow, hail and gales and therefore enable more autumn, winter and early spring crops to be grown.

  • How to make a quick and easy fruit fly trap?

    Materials needed:

    1. Glass bowl
    2. Wine or juice
    3. Dish soap
    4. Cling film
    5. Tooth pink

    Step one – Fill the glass bowl 1/3 of the way full with your wine or juice. Next take a piece of the fruit that the flies are attracted to and put it into the bowl, this will attract the fruit flies.

    Step two – Put a few drops of dish soap in the bowl and give it a stir.

    Step three – Cover the bowl tightly with the cling film. Next poke holes in the cling film with the tooth pick, just big enough for the flies to fit through.

    Step four – Remove the plant and in its place put the trap, now you wait.

    Step five – Clean out the bowl when it is full, if the problem persists then do it all over again until the area is pest free.

  • Glass Gem

    Ever heard of "Glass Gems"? Well it’s a variety of corn, not just any corn though it’s very peculiar as it is multi coloured using colours such as pink, blue, red, white, orange, brown and many more. Glass Gem was created by a corn farmer in Oklahoma called Carl Barnes, he created this special vegetable by collecting seeds from his corn. He noticed that every so often, a cob showed signs of unusual colouring shining through. Barnes collected and saved those seeds and luckily for us he knew a lot about corn breeding, so after many years of breeding his unusual seeds he ended up with this weird and wonderful variety of corn. The corn is called Glass Gem because it shines like glass and is colourful like gems. This variety of corn can be grown today as the seeds for it are sold online, it is very popular and is meant to taste good too. So, if you’re into growing strange varieties of vegetables why not give it a go.

    Glass Gem Corn

     

  • How to harvest cabbage?

    Cabbage

    April is fast arriving which means it's almost time to harvest your cabbage crop. Not only is cabbage highly nutritious but it can be stored for a number of months without any processing and by fermenting. Continue reading

  • Tomato sowing in polytunnels

    It may sound surprising but you can actually sow your tomatoes in your polytunnel in January. It is recommended that you start them off with a heated propagator which can be found online. The propagator allows you to set the perfect temperature for your tomatoes. This link gives some handy tips when sowing your tomatoes.

    http://www.allotment-garden.org/vegetable/how-to-grow-your-own-tomatoes/sowing-starting-offtomatoes/

  • Top tip

    When using a polytunnel although its great and gets you ahead it does have limited space. To maximize your space use shelves and hanging baskets or shelves instead of just floor space.

  • Did you know?

    A quick tip on plant growth!

    Did you know the direction you face your plants can have a big impact on their growth. The most ideal row orientation is north and south as opposed to east and west. Continue reading

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