COVID-19 STATEMENT

We are currently advising longer-than-usual dispatch lead times for Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep Houses. Click here for more details.

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We are living in uncertain and difficult times, and the coronavirus is affecting all of our lives in many ways. We all still have lots of questions about what the future holds and there are still few definite answers available at this time.

Here at Premier Polytunnels we want to reassure you that we continue to treat the safety and wellbeing of our staff, our suppliers and our customers as a priority - We are following the guidance available to us, monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and updating our practises accordingly.

Current Dispatch Lead Time

We are currently experiencing supply-chain issues for some of the raw materials required to manufacture our Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep House Polytunnels. Combined with a surge in orders on an unprecedented level, this means that our dispatch lead time for these larger structures has had to increase.

Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep Houses – Dispatch lead time of late-October / early-November.

Garden Polytunnels, Cloches and Fruit Cages – Dispatch lead time of 10-15 working days.

Polytunnel Covers and Accessories – Dispatch lead time of 3-5 working days.

*Subject to the availability of the necessary raw materials.

We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and updating our practises accordingly, and delivery estimates could change regularly, depending on the number of orders received and on the availability of the raw materials required.

The Delivery page of our website will be updated on a daily basis with regards to expected dispatch lead times, therefore please ensure you check this information on the day of placing your order.

Please CLICK HERE to check the Delivery page of our website on the day of placing your order for daily updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact the sales team if you have any questions or concerns about the delivery of your order.

How will my order be delivered?

Garden Polytunnels, Cloches and Fruit Cages are usually delivered in disassembled bundles and boxes via a national freight courier.

Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep Houses will be delivered by a courier on 1-2 pallets measuring up to 3.6m long.

Polytunnel Covers and Accessories are usually delivered in boxes by a national parcel courier.

Please Note: Deliveries are made by couriers and we recommend that customers are at the delivery address on the day of delivery.

The couriers have implemented their own precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and, in some cases, have advised that guaranteed services, such as a timed morning service, may not be always possible. 

Contact Us

If you have any queries or questions, or any concerns about placing or receiving an order, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team on 01282 811250 or by e-mail at info@premierpolytunnels.co.uk

We thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.

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Do you find that you’re constantly planning out how you’ll start your allotment from scratch after this year’s crops are finished? If so, it might be time to consider planting perennial vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Whether you’re a gardening novice trying to work out the best approach or you’ve been planting your own crops for a while and feel you need to make things a little easier, perennial vegetables are a great option.

Want to find out more about easy perennial vegetables? Read our guide to help you get started.

What are perennials?

A perennial is an all year round plant that returns year after year. Unlike annuals, which need to be planted every year, perennials are planted once and then they will come back with a harvest of crops for you to enjoy again and again.

Some perennial vegetables and fruit come back a few years in a row, while others can produce a harvest for decades.

Why grow perennials?

There are several reasons why you might be thinking of adding in perennials to your allotment or polytunnel. First, growing fruit, herbs and vegetables that are perennials is usually lower maintenance than planting annuals that need to be tended to each year.

Perennials are also generally hardier than annuals. They can fend off pests and diseases and they tend to not need as much attention in terms of feeding and watering.  

Another reason to plant some perennial vegetables is that they can extend your harvest period, so you should always have something tasty to eat.

What vegetable plants are perennials?

While fruits and herbs tend to be perennials, the majority of vegetables are annuals. There are a few options if you’re looking to plant perennial vegetables, however.

If you’re planning on introducing these, it’s worth taking some time to work out which vegetables that grow all year round you’d like to plant and how you’d like to add these to your current set-up.

So, which plants are top of the perennial vegetables list? Here are some to try in your vegetable patch.

Asparagus

There’s nothing quite like buttered asparagus to elevate a dish. These tasty all year round plants are ready for you to harvest two years after you’ve planted a one-year-old crown, so it takes some time to build up a crop. Hang in there though, as once you’ve had your first lot, you could end up with an annual crop for as many as 20 years.

What vegetable plants are perennials?Artichokes

There are two types of artichoke that you could try planting as part of your round of perennial vegetables:

Jerusalem – These are grown for their tubers, which you can harvest from November and eat either raw or cooked. You can go on to plant the tubers the following spring.

Globe – You’ll need to cut the flowerheads of these artichokes before they open.

Onions

If you’re looking for perennial onions, the Egyptian walking onion is the one to plant. This produces bulbils, which fall off and grow new plants of their own accord. The bulbils will eventually form shallots, which are the part of the plant that we eat.

As with any type of vegetable patch, you’ll need to carefully plan out where you want your perennial vegetables to go. However, once they’re in place, you’ll find that you have harvests to enjoy for many years to come.

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