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!