Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Monday 16 March 2009

More on growing tomatos etc

After all the very interesting and useful comments I recieved on my post about growing tomatoes, peppers and aubergines, I went away and measured the temperature at various places inside one of the propogators.

The inside base of the box is at 36 centigrade, the soil temperature at the bottom of a pot is 28 centigrade and the air temp above the soil is 24 centigrade...

so that should help anyone who wants to make something up for themselves.


  1. This is great info. Thanks for taking the time to check it out. The electric heat pad just might work....


  2. Thank you for the status check! I think that mine need to be a bit warmer... its been about 10 days since I planted, so it might also be a matter of time. I'll try to get a heat pad warmer after work this evening, and see what happens by keeping on low...


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