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Peat Free Compost Trial 2017, Growing Calendula

Why Peat Free Compost?

There are many wild, beautiful, and fascinating areas of our planet that are diminishing due to human destruction.  These precious natural areas require our protection urgently, before it’s too late and they are destroyed or lost altogether.  There are relatively small areas of rainforests, peat bogs and peatlands remaining on our planet, yet these areas are continuing to be destroyed by humans. 

Peat Free Compost Trial 2017, Growing Broad Beans

I have found that peat free composts can vary enormously: from bags of compost filled with bark chips, which could be used as a mulch, but can’t be used as intended – as a compost to grow container plants or seedlings, right through to the other extreme – the finest quality composts, which are capable of producing prize and award winning plants, and of course, every compost in between these two polar opposites! 

Tracking Temperature, Humidity, and Light Conditions inside Terrariums

Since I published my December 2017 Orchidarium Update, a number of readers have had questions about how I gather my data, with many asking why do I collect data, and what equipment do I use?  So, here’s an article that I have written especially for you, which I hope will answer all of your questions.

Data is really exciting! 

It’s easy in life to make assumptions, but assumptions are rarely accurate. 

Happy New Houseplant!

Now that the Christmas decorations have been taken down, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home.

Spathiphyllum leaves.

It’s best to work with the conditions that your home can provide. 

The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium (part seven)

Happy new year!  I have had a rearrangement of this special Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, which I can now unveil for you in this trial update!  So, welcome to the seventh part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial – growing epiphytic orchids, which are endemic to Madagascar, inside the BiOrbAir terrarium.

My reason for planting this very special terrarium with orchids that are endemic to Madagascar, was to highlight and raise awareness of the fragility of Madagascar.  

Orchidarium update

Earlier this year, I decided to create an Orchidarium with an automated misting unit, LED lights, and fans, to house some of my miniature orchids and provide them with automatic care.  Here is an update as to how the automated features that I installed have performed and how the plants have grown and developed.  If you’re interested, you can read my step by step guide as to how my Orchidarium was created here.

BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part seventeen)

Welcome to the seventeenth part of my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.  The BiOrbAir is a specialised, automated terrarium, designed by Barry Reynolds from BiOrb.  I first planted this Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium in August 2015, so at the time of writing – in December 2017, this BiOrbAir terrarium is over two years old.

If you would like to start at the very beginning, and read the first part of this Miniature Orchid Trial and BiOrbAir review, please click here.

White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial (part seven)

Welcome to the seventh part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial.  In this update I look forward to sharing the growth and development of the miniature, epiphytic, white flowered orchids that are growing inside this terrarium with you.  I am thrilled to share with you the flowering of Ceratostylis pristina, and the development of Amesiella minor, Brachypeza semiteretifolia, Hymenorchis javanica, Holcoglossum weixiense, and Amesiella philippinensis flower buds .

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners 2017

I treasure the joy I experience when I find the perfect gift for a special person.  I hope to share this joy with you, by sharing the best products that I have tried and tested this year, to help you find superb presents for your loved ones this Christmas.

There are many great local gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey.   

Book Review – The Chinese Kitchen Garden

The Chinese Kitchen Garden: growing techniques and family recipes from a classic cuisine
By Wendy Kiang-Spray
Published by Timber Press
ISBN: 978-1-60469-677-6

The Chinese Kitchen Garden by Wendy Kiang-Spray is published by Timber Press.

If you’re making a list and checking it twice…..of all the interesting and exciting vegetables and crops that you hope to grow next year, then you might be interested to read The Chinese Kitchen Garden, a charming book, written by Wendy Kiang-Spray.