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Have you always wanted to create your own vegetable garden at home but never known where to start? Whether you’re thinking of a fresh approach to sustainable living or you’re keen to become a gardener, this is a great opportunity to enjoy fresh food without having to head to the supermarket.

So, where to begin? To find out the best time for growing vegetables, what type of fruit and veg to start out with and other top tips to make sure your brand new veggie patch is glorious, read on.

How to set up your vegetable garden

To begin, you’ll need to find the perfect spot for your vegetable garden.

How much light?

Some types of veg enjoy shade, but most thrive in the sun, so it’s important that you find a corner that gets a lot of light throughout the day. Be sure to keep your patch away from trees or the shade of your home as crops won’t grow as well in these conditions.

Keep it level

As well as needing access to light, your crops will need to be on level ground. By choosing the flattest surface, you are giving your veg access to an even amount of nutrients.

Garden ClocheWatch out for the weather

Another factor to consider is the weather conditions. We’ve seen some extreme weather in recent years, and keeping crops sheltered as much as possible is essential for a successful harvest. Investing in protective equipment such as cloches can help.

Give them a drink

You’ll also need to make sure your vegetables have access to water. If you decide to place your vegetables in a polytunnel, there are several ways to conserve water for your crops.

Once you have found the perfect spot, you can begin to plan out when you’ll be able to grow your own veg. Focus on each area in turn, digging the soil to make sure there are no weeds and that it’s clear of stones. When it’s ready, you can start sowing your seeds.

When is the best time to grow your own vegetables?

Starting a vegetable garden is all about timing. Now you have your patch in the perfect spot, you need to make sure you know when to begin. Understanding when to plant vegetables, from the best time of year to sow seeds to getting the harvesting just right, is key to making sure your hard work pays off.

How to Start a Vegetable GardenWhile you can begin growing vegetables at any time of year, the spring season is the best time to get things underway, while late summer/early autumn is usually when your crops will be harvested. However, each vegetable is different, so you might find that you need to get to work at different times, depending on what you’re growing.

For example, if you decide to start with carrots, you can start sowing these in March, but they grow quickly compared with other vegetables, so you could find that they’re ready to harvest in June. This is very different to Brussels sprouts, which may need to be sown in March and harvested as late as October. When growing fruit and veg in a polytunnel, the growing season can start earlier and last longer, so you will need to consider sowing, planting and harvesting times under cover – Our printable yearly planner will help.

A lot of the process when you’re starting out with your own vegetable patch is trying different things and also knowing what needs to start indoors or under cover, and what can be sown directly into the ground. Read the instructions carefully and do some research into when is best to sow seeds.

Also, if you’re growing several crops at once, be sure to keep track of each vegetable so you know when each needs harvesting. Again, this is all about timing.  

What to grow

As a total beginner, it’s likely that you’ll be looking for some easy veggies to grow. Starting with low-maintenance plants is a great way to begin growing vegetables at home. When you master these, you can steadily build up to other types of veg. Here are some great starter vegetables and leaves to help you get into the growing process.

Radishes

Bright and peppery, radishes are a punchy addition to a summer salad. As well as tasting delicious, they are easy to grow. They can be sown directly into the ground throughout the summer and harvested after a month, making them a quick and easy vegetable to begin with. In a polytunnel, radishes can be sown and harvested almost all year round.

Peas

Sow your peas into the ground between March and June and they’ll be ready for harvest from June to August. Be sure to add some canes to support the stems and it’s worth investing in a fruit and veg cage for added protection. In a polytunnel, you can sow peas over winter for a spring crop.   

Onions

Onions are one of the least needy crops to maintain. Add the bulbs to well-drained soil in spring and when the foliage turns yellow in late autumn – or late summer in a polytunnel - you’ll know it’s time to lift them out. They just need to dry in the sun before being stored.

Try it yourself

The best way to start your own vegetable garden is to take the plunge and have the confidence to try everything. After you’ve laid the groundwork by finding the best spot and worked out the equipment you’ll need, you are in a great position to take charge of your veggie patch.  

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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 have lots of questions about what the future holds and there are few definite answers available at this time.

Here at Premier Polytunnels we have been reviewing the situation on a daily basis and, today, we have made the very difficult decision to close our order book until the UK lockdown has been lifted. We have made this decision for two reasons:

  1. We are treating the safety and wellbeing of our staff as a priority and, morally, we cannot justify continuing to remain open during the UK lockdown.
  2. Many of our suppliers have temporarily closed their doors, and so we are currently facing difficulties in obtaining some of the raw materials required to manufacture and dispatch our polytunnels and accessories.

Our telephone lines are temporarily suspended in light of the above, however e-mails will be monitored on a daily basis by skeleton staff. Please bear with us and we will reply to your e-mail just as soon as possible.

Existing Orders

We are currently working with skeleton staff to fulfil all existing orders placed before 5pm on Friday 3rd April.

As stated in our previous COVID-19 Statement, as many of our suppliers have temporarily closed their doors, we are currently facing difficulties in obtaining some of the raw materials required to manufacture and dispatch our polytunnels and accessories, therefore we will update customers as soon as possible if we find ourselves out of stock of some components. Please bear with us and we will get to your order as soon as possible.

We are currently working through hundreds of orders received over the two weeks and we are striving to dispatch existing orders in the current dispatch times*:

Garden Polytunnels, Cloches and Fruit Cages – Dispatch lead time of 15-20 working days.

Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep Houses – Dispatch lead time of 20-25 working days.

Polytunnel Covers and Accessories – Dispatch lead time of 7 working days.

*Subject to the availability of the necessary raw materials.

As always, we will contact customers by e-mail to advise them when their order has been dispatched.

Please do not hesitate to contact the sales team by e-mail at info@premierpolytunnels.co.uk if you have any questions or concerns about the delivery of your order.

In event of some components becoming unavailable during the UK lockdown, customers are entitled to cancel their order for a full refund, if they wish.

New Orders Placed Online

If you choose to place an order on our website after 5pm on Friday 3rd April, please be aware that your order will not go into production until the UK lockdown has been lifted and we are able to return to work in our full capacity. We will contact you to discuss your options, which are:

  1. To place your order on hold, ready for production and dispatch when the lockdown is lifted and we are able to return to work in our full capacity. Please note, all new orders will be processed in date order.
  2. To cancel your order, if you wish, for a full refund. When the lockdown is lifted, if you are still in the market for a polytunnel at that time, we will honour the current Spring Sale prices.

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 by e-mail at info@premierpolytunnels.co.uk

E-mails will be monitored on a daily basis by skeleton staff – Please bear with us and we will reply to your e-mail just as soon as possible.

Thank You

Please know, this is not a decision we have made easily. We have continued to work during the lockdown until today, however as employers we have a duty of care to our hardworking and dedicated team, and we must put their health and safety first.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain times. 

We would like to thank all of our customers for your continued support and custom, and we send you and your families all the best and well wishes at this time. 

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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 have lots of questions about what the future holds and there are few definite answers available at this time.

Here at Premier Polytunnels we are treating 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.

Our sales team are on hand from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, in order to answer any questions or concerns you may have about placing or receiving an order. However, you will also hopefully find the information you want below:

Current Delivery Estimates

Our production team are currently continuing to operate in the factory, working hard and putting in all the hours possible to fulfil orders as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

Many of our suppliers have temporarily closed their doors, and so we are currently facing difficulties in obtaining some of the raw materials required to manufacture and dispatch our polytunnels and accessories, therefore we will update customers as soon as possible if we find ourselves out of stock of some components. Please bear with us and we will get to your order as soon as possible.

We are currently working through hundreds of orders received over the two weeks and we are striving to dispatch orders in the current dispatch times*:

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

Commercial Polytunnels and Sheep Houses – Dispatch lead time of 20 working days.

Polytunnel Covers and Accessories – Dispatch lead time of 7 working days.

*Subject to the availability of the necessary raw materials.

As always, we will contact customers by e-mail (or by telephone, if requested) to advise them when their order has been dispatched.

We are reviewing our dispatch lead times on a daily basis, therefore please do not hesitate to contact the sales team on 01282 811250 or by e-mail at info@premierpolytunnels.co.uk if you have any questions or concerns about the delivery of your order.

In event of some components becoming unavailable during the UK lockdown, customers are entitled to cancel their order for a full refund, if they wish.

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. 

Will Premier Polytunnels remain open?

For the time being, it is business as usual at Premier Polytunnels – with lots of extra precautions to keep ourselves and our families, our customers and our suppliers safe and healthy.

No-one knows what the future holds and there are some instances whereby we may have to close the doors to our factory temporarily (how long for could be anyone’s guess at this moment in time):

  1. If under strict instructions by the government to close.
  2. If we become short-staffed due to illness or necessary self-isolation. (25% of our workforce are currently in self-isolation).
  3. If the couriers which deliver our goods are unable to do so.
  4. If the reduced level of service from our suppliers and difficulties in obtain the necessary raw materials required to manufacture polytunnels forces our hand.

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

Thank You

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain times. 

We would like to thank all of our customers for your continued support and custom, and we send you and your families all the best and well wishes at this time. 

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