A welly update

You may remember that at the end of last year, I added my old genuine rubber wellington boots to the compost heap? Rubber being a natural substance, it seemed the most fitting place for them to go.

Moving forward to today, I was taking out compost from the hatch on the compost bin when I pulled out one boot, still very much intact. So, it looks like we’re in for the long haul if these wellies are to rot down.

However, at least the compost bin has been turned somewhat, as I placed unfinished material into the top of the bin. And more fresh fodder was added in the form of chard, which is turning to seed – after I had picked off all of the seed heads!

Talking of stalks, I’m amazed by the rhubarb this year. Perhaps I simply never left it to mature sufficiently in the past but I am sure that the bokashi solids round the crown are the real reason for much thicker stalks than I’ve ever seen on the plant before.

Even my neighbour remarked at how well the rhubarb seemed to be doing this year. In fact, the whole garden is flourishing, so it feels as though I’ve turned a corner now. There is still lots of work to do but the soil is in much better condition and I understand what I can do with it.

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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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10 Responses to A welly update

  1. Are you sure those boots are rubber? A lot of so called ‘rubber boots” are some kind of plastic and even rubber doesn’t always breakdown in our life times! We have used tires are planters & they last for many many years!

    • Helen says:

      The boot does say ‘genuine rubber’, so they could be up in court for lying if it’s not. I’ve had latex gloves rot within a year, though of course they are a lot thinner.

      Tyres are made of vulcanised rubber, which makes them more durable than if they were rubber in it’s natural state. Perhaps the wellies have also been vulcanised – I’ll keep them in the heap for now and see if there is any change…. an interesting little experiment 😊.

  2. Ever since you featured rubber compost, I’ve been adding elastic bands. I trust they will decompose quicker than your Welly

  3. Isn’t it fun growing the soil! I just love how we can improve the organic matter .. and the plants benefit from such. Your rhubarb looks extremely happy 🙂

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    How wonderful, Helen! The rhubarb does look healthy. 🙂

    • Helen says:

      It could be wishful thinking but it does seem to be faring particularly well with all the extra nutrients being pumped into it 😊

  5. Helen, all your hard work has paid off! That must be so gratifying. I’m glad your rhubarb is off to a great start. I hope you get some promised rain soon.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Alys. There’s more and more talk of adapting our gardening to a changing climate, although I think the issues where I am are ‘normal’. I’m curious how the rhubarb does so well in the field I mention in another post, though. Surely, the farmer can’t be out there with a watering can, considering a temporary WC facility seems to have been set up for the workers picking it 😉.

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