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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Slow down, Darren, I can't keep up
    Will your hotbed be in a greenhouse or outdoors?
    Charles Dowding may help - and there's more on his website. https://www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/benefits-hotbed

    What do you want to grow in winter?
    Do you have a greenhouse or polytunnel?
    You don't need supplementary lighting - maybe if you're trying to grow indoors, otherwise grow the things that are are happy in winter.
    ha, yes i need to, head full of compost.
    i have two greenhouses, one to yet go up and this is the one i aim to have a semi sunken hot bed in. Although i think i would swap the pair of em for a polytunnel.
    mostly salad like material to grow on top of this.
    I've just looked at the charles dowding stuff, thats the idea i'm thinking
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    I have no experience, but planning to try in feb/march when light levels are better but it’s still cold.
    I enjoyed reading jack first book, available as download if you’re in a hurry.
    Next thing I need to do is design and build my coldframe, or unwarp the gh frame so i can shut the door!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifesBrassicas View Post
    Thanks
    I have chickens, but only a few, possibly looking for more.
    There are a few stables in my area who i reckon will let me loose in the fresh manure, getting a trailer sorted for my car.
    From what ive read, the victorians made massive piles to heat all sorts of things from swimming pools, glass houses and homes. If i add more manure/carbon at regular intervals, i should be able to keep it going for months hopefully from sep/oct time to around may/june and then hopefully use the composted hotbed on my growing area.

    Has anyone tried growing in winter without supplimentary light?

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    I don't think adding manure is the ideal. From what I remember from seeing this on TV, The victorians would have removed the muck then added completely new. That was outside a greenhouse mind and there were heating pipes involved as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifesBrassicas View Post
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    I have chickens, but only a few, possibly looking for more.
    There are a few stables in my area who i reckon will let me loose in the fresh manure, getting a trailer sorted for my car.
    From what ive read, the victorians made massive piles to heat all sorts of things from swimming pools, glass houses and homes. If i add more manure/carbon at regular intervals, i should be able to keep it going for months hopefully from sep/oct time to around may/june and then hopefully use the composted hotbed on my growing area.

    Has anyone tried growing in winter without supplimentary light?

    Thanks

    Darren
    One thing you might want to try then is keeping the droppings from your chickens in a plastic bin to stay dry until you're ready to make up your hot-bed. Then when you put it together add a bit of water, and that should get things moving.

    (be careful of the dust from the droppings after they've dried - not the best for breathing in)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Here is an old thread from a grape who done Jacks course https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...rse_83953.html

    Another grape makes her beds using the no dig method https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...rse_83953.html

    hotbeds are a lot of hassle for just out of season salad leaves. I made several hot beds in tonne bags and they worked well but they really need to be part of your growing practice IMO. Can you not suffice with microveg indoors? or pea shoots?
    some great information there, maybe thats it. nobody does it because its a load of hassle.
    Growing indoors is not a great option, seems to cause much conflict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aberdeenplotter View Post
    I don't think adding manure is the ideal. From what I remember from seeing this on TV, The victorians would have removed the muck then added completely new. That was outside a greenhouse mind and there were heating pipes involved as well
    Ah, they shifted the lot and added completely new, a lot of hassle.
    saying that, i'm only after mild heat, just enough for growth. if i put new material on top, it might provide just enough heat for what i need, maybe? or might just be a complete waste of time

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    You can grow salad leaves in the GH through winter. I'm picking lettuce and other stuff at the moment.
    No heat, no light, just sow and grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    You can grow salad leaves in the GH through winter. I'm picking lettuce and other stuff at the moment.
    No heat, no light, just sow and grow.
    I'll give it a go.

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