Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Umami; Small is Beautiful, Blue and Green; and Firing up the Reactor (Heating a Greenhouse with Leaf Mould and Compost – Part 9).


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It’s been a bumper autumn for mushrooms. I’ve found pink waxcaps, Hygrocybe calyptraeformis, in all 3 of our upper sloping meadows this year, after spotting them for the first time in just our High Meadow last year (Click here for … Continue reading

Entomological Explosion; Growing Tomatoes Organically in a Garden Greenhouse (Heating a Greenhouse with an External Compost Bed- Part 8); and Egg on Your Face


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Almost exactly a year ago, the same issue seems to have preoccupied my gardening notes. Midges. After several days when midge numbers increased daily to the point that I had to use a deterrent spray, I’d wandered outside first thing. … Continue reading

The Heat Goes On (Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential and Heating a Greenhouse with a Compost Bed – Part 5); Unintended Consequences; Looking Back, and Forward.


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It’s now over 7 weeks since I set up ‘The Reactor’, an external compost bed designed to heat the ‘inner zone’ in our 14 X 8 foot cedar framed greenhouse. Thanks again to Fiona’s patience and wizardry with Excel, I’m … Continue reading

Food and Frost; Trust and Goodbyes; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 4: Heating a Greenhouse with an External Compost Bed – First Month’s Experience).


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Having been caught out by the severity of the last 2 winters, we were a bit better prepared this year, when the cold weather arrived early. The last week has been very cold, but the carrots we lifted at the … Continue reading

Patterns and Perceptions; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 3 – Heating a Greenhouse with an External Compost Bed:- Design Tweaks, Internal Set Up and Initial Temperature Findings); Growth Limiting Factors.


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To put everyone out of the suspense left after my last post, I’m going to show the starting point of the mystery image. Thanks to Carolyn for having a go at the identification. As you can see it’s an image … Continue reading

Hello November; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 2 – Construction – Heating A Greenhouse with An External Compost Bed); Bat and Butterfly


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Most of this post will be devoted to the detail of constructing ‘The Reactor’ – a compost bed designed to help to heat the greenhouse and keep it frost free over the winter. (Addendum: – There are a lot of … Continue reading