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The Polytunnel Book By Joyce Russell

The Polytunnel Book by Joyce Russell

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Summary

A practical guide to growing fruit and vegetables in polytunnels, for beginners and experienced gardeners.

The Polytunnel Book Summary

The Polytunnel Book: Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round by Joyce Russell

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.

The Polytunnel Book Reviews

'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!

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.

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

Additional information

NGR9780711231702
9780711231702
0711231702
The Polytunnel Book: Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round by Joyce Russell
New
Paperback
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
2011-02-03
192
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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