How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel
All year round

By Mark Gatter and Andy McKee

How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel
Paperback, 192 pages £10.95
Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9781900322720
Format: 234mm x 156mm

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PDF, 224 pages
Published: 28th October 2010
ISBN: 9780857840080
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Published: 28th October 2010
ISBN: 9780857840097

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With all the information you need to use your polytunnel, high tunnel or hoop house to its full potential, this book shows make the most of this precious covered space. It includes a detailed crop-by-crop guide to the growing year, dedicated chapters on growing for each season, and a sowing and harvesting calendar to help with planning. You'll be harvesting fresh crops all year round—sweet potatoes and late celery in November; winter radish, baby carrots, and celeriac in early February; and salad leaves right through the winter. Even during the “hungry gap” you'll have a choice of new potatoes, pak choi, peas, tender cabbages, beetroot, and more with the help of this essential guide.

“Andy and Mark are fast becoming Britain’s polytunnel gurus. This is an excellent sequel to The Polytunnel Handbook, and will show you how to make productive use of every square inch of space.”

- Simon McEwan, Editor, Country Smallholding

“This beautifully presented book covers every possible aspect of polytunnel growing. It will give kitchen gardeners the expertise and confidence they need to get the very best from their tunnel.”

- Benedict Vanheems, Editor, Grow it!

"What I like about this book is the two writers not only clearly know their stuff, they are also very capable of sharing their knowledge. In the plants for the polytunnel section there are nice diagrams heading each vegetable making it a quick reference much in the same way as Hessyan's expert series."

- Self Sufficient-ish Website - 4 November 2010

"The authors' [...] enthusiasm will draw you in. The book will give you all you need to know about preparing the site, choosing the right polytunnel, setting it up and maintaining it."

- Positive News - Winter 10/11

"From planning your first growing year, to rotating your crops, dealing with pests and keeping the soil at its finest this book will have you up and running in no time."

- South Wales Argus

"I like the simple plan for year one, the was it is divided into seasons month-by-month with preparation, sowing, growing, harvesting and problem solving tips including all possible pests for every fruit or veg covered."

- Permaculture Magazine

Mark Gatter

Mark Gatter grew up in suburban London, but always wanted to live somewhere rural. He eventually got his wish when he swapped houses with a friedn from the Lake District, both agreeing to deal with the landlords later. After living there for five yers, and co-running a printing partnership, Mark went on a two week holiday to California, and ending upliving there for eighteen years after meeting his wife. Whilst in California, his love of gardening grew, with a special focus on growing food. Mark currently lives in Carmarthenshire with his wife, and spends a full week in every month in his two-acre smallholding with his rescue sheep, chickens and dogs, a 10 x 20ft polytunnel and an area of raised beds. They grow as much organic food as they possibly can, and enjoy giving it away at least as much as eating it themselves.

Andy McKee

Andy McKee grew up in Belfast, and first grew vegetables with his father at the age of five. After an early career in pharmacy, he pursued his interest in gardening and vegetable growing, and has grown in situations ranging from a seventeenth storey window box to guerrilla gardening in the middle of a Christmas tree plantation. Andy has lived in Birmingham, Belfast and the Isle of Man, and now lives with his wife and family in rural Dorset. The family is entirely self-sufficient in vegetables. Andy has also helped to set up the Transition Town initiative for Dorchester, which is scheduled to ‘go live’ in Spring 2009. Andy has contributed regularly to the blog section of the Ecologist Online, and his personal blog can be found at

Mark and Andy have written two boths together for Green Books: The Polytunnel Handbook and How To Grow Food in Your Polytunnel.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781900322720
Format: 234mm x 156mm
16pp of colour plates

Binding: Electronic book text, 224 pages
ISBN: 9780857840080
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text, 224 pages
ISBN: 9780857840097
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  GAR005000, GAR025000
Imprint: Green Books

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