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ūüĆĪSpring in my step!ūüĆĪ

Actually, not so much of a spring in my step after moving house this weekend, a little stiff from heavy lifting is more the case! But, Jane's review for our pot shelfgot me thinking about spring and germinating seeds around a range cooker.

Blake and bull kitchen ware cookware textiles bakeware linens refurbishment electric conversion spares cleaning re-enamelling insulations services suitable for Aga range cookers cast iron baking sheet for Aga range cookersThank you Jane for your homely photo,¬†ÔĽŅwe love the little tiles and the clay drying on the top looks intriguing!

"Shelf exactly as described, it’s solid, strong and well made. Having read reviews I bought some japanned screws in advance to fix it to the wall... Shelf already found unexpected use as heated propagator and clay drying rack! It will mainly be used for airing clean washing" - Jane


Blake and bull racks used for germinating seeds this spring on your aga range cookerHas anyone else tried this? I would love to know your thoughts..

I have done a little research,and discovered that germination temperatures are not consistent, but average out a little higher than maybe you would expect. Maybe a little money could be saved on a heated propagator by using the residual heat from the range.  

Certainly Jane is spot on, the higher rack looks like the perfect warm spot for giving seedlings a head start.

I think caution would need to be applied with the drying racks,as some Range cookers run very hot, especially if the insulation needs upgrading. I think that using the second tierwould give the right sort of heat. But in principle, this could lead to some quite exciting spring and summer blooms!

Would anyone like to give it a try? 


Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‚Äėdrawing stuff‚Äô at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.