One of the upsides of the Internet is having access to quality press from around the world. Now, I wouldn’t like to claim that the media are a true reflection of the state of a nation but they can give different perspectives.
A case in point is the New York Times. This morning, I’ve been reading an interesting article on Icelandic attempts to reforest their island. The article shows you what has happened since the Vikings cut down their forests a thousand years ago and now the struggle to grow trees again.
I’m having enough of a struggle growing my own trees due to the thinness of my soil. Being in a new build property may be the reason for the paucity of top soil rather than because it has all blown away – but I certainly don’t want to lose the rest.
Thus, a kind donation of feather-filled pillows from the friend we took to Helmsley yesterday is a step in the right direction. These are going in the compost bin, though maybe not all at the same time in view of how many she gave me. But the organic matter they add to the soil in the long run can surely only be a good thing.
As mentioned in previous posts, the jury is out regarding the effectiveness of hugel beds for building soil in my garden. Clearly, they must be adding organic matter but equally clearly far more OM is needed and on a continual basis. I’m not keen on building bed after bed – too much labour, apart from the disturbance to the soil – so it looks like homemade compost as mulch is the preferable option.