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    Logunner is offline Rooter
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    Not updated for a while, things like a lads holiday in Benidorm got in the way... oh, and tending the small plot.

    Anyway heres the latest pics.

    New project - The BIG one-158f9fdb-f6e1-42d7-96c2-85d1c5f58d5f.jpg

    Peach tree in, area cleared for greenhouse

    New project - The BIG one-5e108e83-337c-468b-b2e5-90490f70e32a.jpg

    Dead weeds raked off to allow the remaining seeds to germinate, ready for the final spray.

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    New project - The BIG one-3512a3c6-159f-40bb-b42d-6ff73fe5f85b.jpg

    A bit more work in between weeding and harvesting the small plot.

    The left side will be ‘no dig’ from the outset..

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    Time to re-visit this and post an update.

    It’s been hard work running to the two plots, but we’ve had some great fruit and veg.

    The ‘big one’ gave us great spuds and squashes, along with some lovely pumpkins on the 50% we cultivated. In the meantime I’ve been setting up the other 50% for next year, hope you guys n gals approve.

    New project - The BIG one-d7a89c66-0642-4f63-8389-629762f14b70.jpg

    New project - The BIG one-0a441e9b-5d6a-4b29-8cb7-226df01d1be7.jpg

    Straw wall is multi-purpose...
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    Now we have a break in what seemed to be constant rain I’ve managed to get a bit of work done...

    IBC and 4 water butts in place, and an area covered in cardboard ready for a small seating area to be set up.

    Pond ripped out and the hole filled with 3 bags of pigeon manure, this is going to be a pumpkin spot.

    No Dig side is complete, with raised beds for carrots, parsnips and a variety of beans, 70 strawberry plants, 18 Rasberry bushes, 3 blackcurrants ( not my idea ), 12 rhubarb plants ( Gin production in overdrive ), 3 maturing compost bins for squashes.

    The other side is now dug waiting on some frost, and now has the straw bale raised beds in place along with a peach and apple tree. May add a pear tree.

    New project - The BIG one-ecde3b55-21bd-4733-9265-63097a2fa9d0.jpeg

    New project - The BIG one-22b77913-eeb3-4a93-bb96-524490acf228.jpeg
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    Spent a few hours tidying up... still looks like a tip

    Started the ‘warming up’ of the straw beds with a mix of ammonium sulphate, FBB, chicken manure and pee. Need a thermometer to check the temp in the next couple days, any recommendations?

    Both beds covered, hoping it helps spread the heat into the manure centre.

    New project - The BIG one-1d62bc9c-6fbf-484c-9c86-94273b19d7e2.jpeg

    New project - The BIG one-d5c98f80-266a-4565-b611-963539518618.jpeg

    New project - The BIG one-8ef3737b-9e44-439e-b907-595748f6f472.jpeg

    New project - The BIG one-8aabb310-89de-4761-baaa-ca917c2b9183.jpeg
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    While I do have one of those long compost thermometers (on-line special iirc), you will be able to tell if the stuff is hot easily at this time of year. Plunge you hand in a few inches, if it's warm you can cerytainly feel it. If you want to keep your hands clean, lift a forkful and see if there is steam coming from the centre. The heat is the by product of the micro life consuming the manure and composting elements. Make sure it isn't too wet or too dry, a cardboard cover to prevent rain washout helps. I have been known to top up the nitrogen with some wee from time to time, and letting in some air/oxygen for the microlife can work wonders. Lastly size is important! The wider/deeper the pile the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESBkevin View Post
    While I do have one of those long compost thermometers (on-line special iirc), you will be able to tell if the stuff is hot easily at this time of year. Plunge you hand in a few inches, if it's warm you can cerytainly feel it. If you want to keep your hands clean, lift a forkful and see if there is steam coming from the centre. The heat is the by product of the micro life consuming the manure and composting elements. Make sure it isn't too wet or too dry, a cardboard cover to prevent rain washout helps. I have been known to top up the nitrogen with some wee from time to time, and letting in some air/oxygen for the microlife can work wonders. Lastly size is important! The wider/deeper the pile the better.

    Thanks ESB. It’s the bales I need to measure, and the construct means they need to be kept whole.

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    We've got one of the long, metal thermometers you can find online. It works pretty well. Most of the reported issues seem to be from people leaving them outside in a compost pile permanently. Ours is kept in the greenhouse when not in use and we've not had any problems with condensation getting inside the body of the thermometer.
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