Now you see me, now you don’t!

My neighbours are no doubt wondering why I chose today of all days to do two hours work in the garden. It is cold and raining – usually the way when I want to turn the compost heap.

Unusually, I remembered to take a before

as well as an after photo.

This is to illustrate the increasing bareness of the garden, though it doesn’t show as much bareness as I would have expected.

I would also have expected a lot more compost ready for the finishing-off bin but then most of it is still where the heap had been until earlier this morning. I’d like to call it ‘mulching’ but, in reality, this part of the garden is going to have a lot more done to it in the coming months. So, I doubt very much the compost will be a top dressing for any length of time.

One thing that amused me was how spongy the soil has become with all the rain we’re now getting. A far cry from the concrete of the summer. That does at least mean that digging the ground for the pond should be less of a trial. I’m now waiting for the rhubarb to fully retire for the winter in order to crack on with that, though.

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 Now you see me, now you don’t!

  1. Sometimes it’s nice to work in a (light) rain, especially after a long dry spell, or I find it refreshing when doing hard physical work like composting! (Mind you, the last time I put wet stuff through the mulcher to compost it, it clogged it all up…. fixing the mulcher in the drizzle wasn’t fun 🙂 )
    Mmmm, pond you say? That sounds interesting!

    • Helen says:

      What is a mulcher? Certainly, I didn’t get hot yesterday 😊

      As for the pond, it’s going to be for wildlife. I don’t know yet how much the fence which went up on the east side of my garden in the summer will affect the light but I think there will be too much shade now for vegetables, so a pond seems a nice alternative.

      • Hi Helen, a mulcher is a chipper, is a… petrol machine that chops stuff into fine bits… you can create mulch from branches or you push greens and weeds through it, then it chops it up fine.
        Oh the pond sounds amazing! You can always grow shady stuff around the pond. Great idea (in my opinion anyway 🙂 )

        • Helen says:

          The mulcher sounds a good idea, too, Martin.

          I haven’t planned what I’m going to grow in and round the pond yet – one step at a time. There is so much information to process…

  2. That reminds me – it’s time ours was turned

  3. Oh a pond in your future! How exciting, Helen.

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