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GARDENING NEWS 07 January 2016

HOW TO BUILD A PROFESSIONAL POLYTUNNEL EASILY


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Northern Polytunnels have just released their new range of easy to build polytunnels and we are impressed.

Their video is well worth watching because it clearly indicates how easy this new generation of polytunnels is to build. At the same time it shows that Northern Polytunnels make extremely strong polytunnels capable of withstanding the harshest of UK weather. Click here to see the shorter video which briefly shows the main features. If you have a few more minutes to spare you can watch the instruction video which shows exactly how to erect the polytunnel from beginning to end. Click here to see the longer video.

A couple of points are very interesting in this easy build system and the first is the method they use to secure the structure to the ground. For a strong polytunnel which shrugs off strong winds, holes filled with concrete to secure the base have been the preferred solution. But now, using the Northern Polytunnels corkscrew ground anchors, the corner and side anchors can simply be screwed into the ground to give a permanent and very strong base.

Corkscrew anchors

Each anchor takes about two minutes to fix into the ground. Compare that to the hole and concrete solution and the winner is easy to judge. No mess, no need for concrete, quick, very strong and best of all, simple and quick to set up. Many competitors use anchor plates to secure their polytunnels to the ground and these come nowhere near to the strength of corkscrew anchors.

Another fascinating time saver is the method used to secure the polythene to the frame. "Wiggle wires" clip into the frame (and door structure) over the polythene extremely easily. This really is a time saver and if you are in any way "diy-challenged" this has to be the easiest, strongest and most reliable method to secure the cover to the frame. You end up with a covering which is as tight as a drum every time and that makes it very strong.

Click here if you want more information about easy to build polytunnels.

We would encourage you to play the video above because it explains the easy-build process much better than we can in this short article.

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