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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Friday was yet another lovely September day although we had a chilly start to the day as the overnight temperature fell to 6.5°C (43.7°F) a reminder that autumn has arrived.
It's notice that I'll now be posting about coldest nights rather than hottest days.
I visited a friend in Leeds this weeks who's also growing some Crimson Crush tomatoes. Like me all his other tomato plants have been struck down with blight along with some of his potato crop. Crimson Crush however is standing up to the blight pretty well.
I don't think I need to point out which is Crimson Crush.
You may remember I blogged about trying out hot composting which I'd seen on the Grow Veg website. Well I've seen another method on their web site called trench composting. It's similar to how runner bean trenches can be prepared with lots of compostable material been dug into trenches on top of which runner beans are planted. This is essentially the same method except that it is not necessarily for the sole benefit of runner beans.
At this time of year I've mountains of material that either goes on the compost heap or gets put on a bonfire a little later into autumn. Well this year's runner beans have been buried in a trench as I redug this year's main crop potato bed.
I incorporated a couple of trenches in this half of the bed and I've probable enough green material to repeat the process on the other half. Once the bed had been dug over the weed control fabric was replaced.
Will the material form compost by late next spring? I do hope so!
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:38