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Polytunnel update 29th May 2019

Just a few photo update on what is happening in the polytunnel this week.

Fabulous leaves, just “bombing” along
Decent growth but like tomatoes will appreciate warmer nights
These have all the makings of a fine crop
We are very pleased with the growth and fruit set. On target for a June harvest. Could do with some warmer nights
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Madagascan Turmeric overwinters in Lancashire

How did we do it?

The Solar Hydro Kit 1 was left in place. The solar pump was disconnected during the last week of October 2018.

Thereafter no water was applied to the unit. The turmeric just died down naturally as the compost dried out. We carefully dug a few tubers out to replenish our turmeric jars.

Note that the unit sits inside our “greenhouse within a greenhouse”. That is, our cling film clad scrap wood frame (no cost). Ensure that water remains in the tank and for complete frost protection you can leave a solution heater on during very cold spells.

Then wait the winter out. At the end of February gently sprinkle the compost with water to re-activate the tubers. Do this weekly. Low and behold at the end of April up comes the first shoots of what is sure to be a spectacular plant.

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Tomatoes & peppers well under way

We are well under way in the greenhouse for the new season. We have stayed with SAKURA for the tomatoes and TARQUINO for the peppers. Both would be hard to better for either yield or flavour.

It’s been a slow start to the season being a bit on the cold side but at least we haven’t had any damaging spring frost.

We haven’t altered any of our equipment or techniques, so you can be assured that the growth and yield we get is entirely possible at your place with SOLAR HYDRO.

Keep an eye out for updates. First picking expected about 20th June.