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Polytunnels and Greenhouses

A Guide to Heated Propagation

A Guide to Heated Propagation

  Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food for Free (almost)  understands the importance of planting seeds early to enjoy a long, rich harvest, and here he outlines the heat-assisted options available, including recycling your own waste heat. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/terry-waltons-germination-tips/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-grow-peas/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/   YOUR FIRST DAY OF SPRING The growing season officially starts when […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Your Own Hotbed

How to Make Your Own Hotbed

Elizabeth McCorquodale explains an age old method of heating up the soil to give your plants a great start in life, instructions on how to make your own hotbed from scratch and how to get great results throughout the year. See also: Straw Bale Gardening How to Protect Crops over Winter HOTBEDS OF HISTORY Manure-fuelled […]

By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Clean a Greenhouse

How to Clean a Greenhouse

The last green tomato has been picked and the staging is bare. All in all your trusty greenhouse is looking bare and unloved. Now is the time to give it a bit of TLC with a good hose down and disinfect so you can give your next crops the best possible start. Vitax’s range of […]

By December 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Case of the Vanishing Greenhouse

The Case of the Vanishing Greenhouse

Home Farmer contributor, Richard Barr, recently took on the Home Farmer ‘crime brief’, as it seemed as if the peaceful community of Bacton in Norfolk might become the national centre for a series of horticulturally-motivated crimes. Here’s what he discovered as he went in search of a missing greenhouse… My wife Kirsten was ashen. Still […]

By November 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Protect Crops Over Winter

How to Protect Crops Over Winter

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food For Free (Well, Almost), and regular HF contributor shares a few of his money saving tips for how to protect crops over winter – even when they are in the ground, outside. See also Heating the Greenhouse or Polytunnel How To Winter Proof Greenhouses and Polytunnels   Sometimes […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Top Tips for Buying a Greenhouse

Top Tips for Buying a Greenhouse

So, you’ve improvised with home-made cloches, empty lemonade bottles and zip up plastic tents, and you feel that you are now ready to step up a gear and invest in a greenhouse. Here are our top tips for buying a greenhouse. Top Tips for Buying a Polytunnel Heating the Greenhouse or Polytunnel How to Winter […]

How to Propagate Herbs

How to Propagate Herbs

HF contributor Jayne Neville looks at the best way to propagate herbs as a cheap way of getting new plants. Many of the perennial or more woody herb varieties such as rosemary and sage are perfect candidates for propagating – and they need regular pruning to keep them from getting too woody so double up […]

By January 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commission to withdraw the heritage seed ban proposal

Commission to withdraw the heritage seed ban proposal

In the July 2013 issue of Home Farmer, under the heading A New Class of Criminal, we wrote about plans to outlaw any vegetable seeds which had not been tested by a body called the EU Plant Variety Agency; growing, reproducing and trading them could have become a crime. As registering seeds costs money – […]

Heating the Greenhouse or Polytunnel

Heating the Greenhouse or Polytunnel

POLYTUNNEL INSULATION That doesn’t sound plausible does it, but what you can do is build a little insulated area inside your polytunnel (here’s ours, built out of fleece suspended from strings). That guy with the pigtail, Mr Flowerdew, said on Gardeners’ Question Time that he had a greenhouse inside his polytunnel that he used for […]

By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How to Winter-proof Greenhouses and Polytunnels

How to Winter-proof Greenhouses and Polytunnels

How to Winter-proof Greenhouses and Polytunnels – A Home Farmer blog article. After two years of struggling with severe winter weather, John Butterworth offers a range of sound tips for protecting both the greenhouse and its precious contents. We’re going to look at three aspects of preparing for the deluge/frosts/snow (I was going to say […]

By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

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