Chop and mop

Things have been a bit hectic over the last few days. Not only have I been at work after two weeks off but I managed to flood the downstairs of my house on Monday morning, whilst disconnecting the washing machine, which had broken down last Friday.

In other words, every spare moment has been spent mopping up a very sodden carpet. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like I am going to have to replace anything apart from the washing machine itself. And my kitchen scales, which seem also to have succumbed in the flood.

Thankfully, I’d done all my preserving after the forage last week, so no weighing out has been needed since Monday’s mishap. And the garden has been behaving. No blight, the tomatoes are turning red, the squash are still growing, the runner beans likewise and the Jerusalem artichokes are in flower.

In attempt to stage collecting biomass for the compost bin, as it is decidedly full, I’ve managed to find some time this evening to get out with the secateurs, however. Not all the artichokes have flowered, so they have been chopped. 


And to speed up decomposition, I’ve used half a litre of liquid from the bokashi bin in there as well. It seemed to do the trick when I tried the same a little while back. Plus, the weather has been warm (21 degrees C yesterday), so no wonder the nasturtiums continue to go wild!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to Chop and mop

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had all that mopping to do! What a chore!

  2. Oh, no! Sorry to hear about that flood, Helen. I’ve been there and it’s no fun!

  3. Oh no! Water damage is the worst. I hope you were able to get things dry to prevent further problems, Helen. I’m glad your Nasturtiums are still performing well. Mine die back at the first sign of heat in the summer, then reemerge briefly in the fall and again in the spring. What a remarkable flower.

    • Helen says:

      Nasturtiums definitely show a lot of resilience!

      As for the flooding in my house, fortunately there has been no damage – and the carpet is now cleaner after taking up as much water as possible 😊.

  4. Sorry to hear about the washing machine .. and great news about your veg! Especially no blight.. I really like the idea of using the Bokasi liquid 😃

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