The ambient temperature in the garden first thing this morning was 2 degrees, but snuggled up in the hotbed it was.....
...the heat of dung, though it will probably not come to a blaze... will burn as completely as fire; and, if the earth be put on too soon, it will burn the earth into a sort of cinder, in which nothing will ever grow...I've been taking its temperature like an over anxious parent and worrying - was it something I did?
Maybe it's because I included some beech leaves in the mix?
Maybe it dried out too much while I was making it?*
Maybe I firmed it down too much in the middle and excluded oxygen?
*(there was a cold wind blowing the whole time - I've since watered it to rev things up a bit)
Hope spring is starting to spring in your garden...