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Planting Cucumbers in the Big Greenhouse

Spent a good portion of the weekend working in our new greenhouse. Filled the remainder of the raised beds with horse manure. All that needed is to top them up with soil and plant out the tomatoes, cucs, peppers and basil.

Topping up the 'manured' beds with soil mix.

We had enough soil on hand to top up four beds. On Saturday I planted these beds with cucumbers. The filled beds are maintaining a steady soil temperature of about 25 C (78 F) which suggests that the 6″ layer of horse manure, sandwiched between two 6″ layers of soil, is biologically active and provide some bottom heat as it composts. I was a bit concerned that it would become too hot but after monitoring the temperature for a week I’m satisfied that the temperature will will not get too hot. We anticipate that this bottom heat will help boost the growth and maturity (and hopefully the productivity) of the cucumber vines. Stay tuned for more information. I’m also hoping to put together an explanatory post of the construction of these raised beds.

Freshly planted cucumber plants. In the foreground, the soil thermometer registers the warmth that the composting horse manure is generating below.


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