Christmas decorations

Instead of going to my Knit and Natter group yesterday, it was a trip to the dentist’s, which afforded me the opportunity to drop in on a friend who lives nearby. She has been most generous in passing the ash from her wood-burning stove to me and I duly got another bag yesterday.

However, she also handed me a big bag of chopped-up Christmas tree on this occasion. So, I’ve used about half of it as mulch round the oldest apple tree and the blueberry bush as well as on top of the rhubarb patch.

I realise that the birds are going to have a field day with all those twigs but that is fine. I’m not in fact sure how much will eventually rot down and fertilise my soil, although the main thing is that the mulch protects it in the meantime and any fertility is better than none.

Anyway, this post seems an appropriate place to put a link to an article from The Guardian newspaper on Regenerative Farming which I have just read. According to this article, it will take a wholesale mind shift to bring real changes but at least my birds should be happy!

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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25 Responses to Christmas decorations

  1. So much more friendly than Bitch and Stitch

  2. Three cheers for a visit with a friend, ash for the garden and happy birds.

  3. Great article! “It is time to fall in love with the land, the soil, and the trees, to halt their destruction and to serve their restoration. It is time for agricultural policy and practice to become aligned with regeneration.” yes, yes, yes!

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    Thank-you very much for the link to the article, Helen. Very interesting! I had no idea that the Americans are considering such drastic measures as geoengineering! It sounds terrifying.

  5. What is a Knit and natter group? I like the article in the Guardian as well.

  6. jeffpermie says:

    Keep in mind though that Christmas tree foliage will acidify your soil, best used for your blueberries, strawberries, cranberries etc. 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Yes, that’s why it’s where it is – although I doubt it will make any significant difference at the rate it will decompose 😊.

      • jeffpermie says:

        I used to process pine needles so that the bottom layer were smaller and already semi-decomposed with the top layer/s being uncut and fresh, I’ve heard the baseless claims that ‘pine needles do not decompose’ but have proven to myself otherwise. Although it’s been ages since I last mulched with acidic materials, having said that, I have a nice sized old black bin full of well composted / composting oak leaves with some needles thrown in waiting for something or some project I haven’t thought of yet! 🙂

        • Helen says:

          Yes, I’ve seen with my own eyes that the needles decompose. Good to have a stock of mulch/acidifying material. I’m going to put some of the pine round the heather I have in the front garden next 😊.

  7. Now that’s a good friend! I think I might have a bag hanging round from last winter …

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