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

Confusion and Cloud Cover, Moss Mayhem, Water in and Water out and Snapping Hazels


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A cacophony of climate confusion perplexes me as we head into a New Year. December 2010 saw the coldest UK December on record, whilst autumn and December 2011 were the warmest on record. In between, a record-breaking sunny, dry and … Continue reading

It ‘Aster be September, The Underclass Arrives in a Box and Bums on Seats


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Along with Crocosmia, Sedum and Japanese Anemones, it’s increasingly the Asters which I really look forward to seeing flower as we move into mid September. I’m a fairly new convert to their prolific autumnal show, and by chance we seem … Continue reading

Crocus Questions and Speculations


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As we pass St.David’s day with only a few Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ in bloom, we have at least the Crocus to lift the spirits as the temperatures drop, the wind blows from the East, and at last today, dawn till dusk … Continue reading