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Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:51

Nah, serious bud, if it's in the greenhouse like mine, you need one sunny day and temps are fine. It takes a while from cold otherwise, but the heaters work well providing you get the correct length for the size you need. I have only used some recycled compost bags to line the box, no need for polystyrene, it seems once you get the damp sand up to temp on a decent sized bench, it has no problems maintaining the temps. Just use the propagator kits from wilco etc, just to stick over trays and cell trays. Also saved a few 3 litre pop bottles with the bottom end cut off , make great bell cloches. Next year I'm going to try growing spinach through the winter in drain pipes sat on my bench. Be something to try eh?

How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:44
square foot wrote (see)

Sacks,container just reduce production even if they make it bit easier to grow.

More eyes you have the more potatoes you will get. number eyes does not deciede the size of the tubers. that is determined by how long there are in the ground and the potato variety. you will never get baking size potatoes off a fingerling variety.

you've made 4 'square foot' accounts now, planning something john cobb?

Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:12

This is indeed what I researched also, the cost isn't really that high at pennies a day, I also liked the fact you can make it any shape or size to suit your needs. Currently, I have sown some birdeye chilli seeds and that's it, I'm not worried about rushing to germinate anything because I can do 8 trays in one go. The thing I wait for is the light intensity, once that's up, then it'll be all systems go. It makes a big difference as you don't end up having seed trays all over the house, and with 2 kids under 5 that doesn't work too well!

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 14:53

bloody gas fella came and found he needed another part, no heating tonight either! Had a clear up of my greenhouse, washed out all my propagator stuff, located the seed compost, sorted my seeds. I plan to sow this weekend, whether it happens or not is anyone's guess. Started cutting my scaffold boards, got a fair bit done today, just wish the heating was working

Injuries from milking aren't something I 've ever come across, been a nurse for nearly 14 years.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:30

carpal-tunnel from excessive milking? Well I certainly didn't see that one coming, hope your hands feel better soon.

veg suitable for shade.

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:23

brassicas and spinach, lettuce and it's varients will do ok, but not their best, leeks again will do ok.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:30

GG, I think we should get ourselves over to the rant thread, we're descending into the 'demise of social fabric' thread here!!! But I do agree, I shudder to think the type of world my grandkids in 50 or 70 years time will be living in. My Grandfather a few months before he died in 1980 said a very telling statement to my dad. 'See boy, I've just got too old for the world'.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:27

Beautiful day, got up, when I checked thermostat in hallway it was reading 12.5!!! Glad of the fan heaters for the bedrooms, boiler should be fixed today. Sun is out and lovely, thinking I might get some things done today.

My 6 month old kettle has decided to start leaking, not a cheap one either, just got through on phone and will be getting a replacement, so it's all good.

Hope everyone else enjoys their day and is productive.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:47

not at all, but then maybe you don't live in birmingham.. I didn't live here when my eyes close. I lived in a place where 5 mins walk meant you were out in fields and bracken. slow worms newts frogs and lizards.. I lived in s wales for first 19 years of my life, and I have to say, a pretty good childhood, away from buildings and stuff.. My worry is that if people can build on greenbelt, gardens or otherwise, sets precedent, and years down the line someone will pay money so buildings can be put  on that land, then more precedent. Better it's all binned now, I'd much prefer our distant relatives, can still argue this point in 200 years, than not, because there is no green belt.

Heated Bench

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:34

well brum, being a ninja, (well on saving cash! 3 women in the house!) I got my hands on panel heaters.. they are rubbish for heating a room or drying clothes, BUT, they cost pennies to run, typically less than 5 p a day, and that's them on all day. I have two, back to back on a wooden frame I constructed, connected to a thermostatic plug, I am finding just how powerful they are. Currently have a tent of bubblewrap inside my gh, it's a big 'tent' because gh is 10foot by 12. Basically tent is 2/3rds.. before I got the thermostat plug these two were keeping the gh at 18 degrees lol.. So next year I'm going to have bubblewrap up to about 4 foot wrapped around my staging, obviously moved inwards from the walls, but I think most stuff will be fine, quite tempted to see if just them two panels can keep whole gh frost free, if not I could add 2 more, honestly, 20p per 24 hrs, how can u say no? By the way, I do have the thicker safety glass due to my young kids, just incase that makes a difference.

Price for the heated bench is prob pennies a day btw.

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