Convalescence activities

It’s not often I spend a day reading but yesterday I threw in the towel and learned a lot from the Internet (novels I can only read in paper form).

On my metaphorical travels, I came across legal information pertaining to composting (e.g. composting animal by-products). Why I should be in anyway surprised that there are laws on such matters is perhaps a tad naive but thankfully I haven’t been breaking any of them!

I also listened to Gardeners Question Time broadcast last Friday for a second time: they had brought up the subject of weeds as something to embrace rather than remove. Now, as I hope you are aware, this concept is one I have already embraced but I am so pleased that the idea is being disseminated through these new mechanisms. And the much maligned ground elder was given some praise for its tasty shoots. Which, actually, I would agree with.

To round off this post, I’ve just heard one of the presenters on BBC Leeds Gardeners Question Time expressing the wish for some colder weather, because plants haven’t been slowing down over winter as they should. Certainly, if I’ve had grass setting seed in my garden and noticed a few hayfever symptoms now, there is something wrong.

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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16 Responses to Convalescence activities

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    The common dandelion is one “weed” I encourage for its tasty shoots, and blooms beloved by bees.

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I went to the National Botanic Gardens near Carmarthen today and there were snowdrops and daffodils in bloom! Primroses are out on a road verge a mile from here and hazel catkins are open in some of the hedges. WEIRD!!

    On the subject of weeds some friends and I have just wassailed our apple trees (Old New Year today) and over supper had a conversation about foraging and eating what grows locally. I would like to learn more but already pick salads whilst walking the dogs in spring and blackberries, sloes and elderberries later in the year. And this year my farming neighbour told me where to find field mushrooms in abundance. I haven’t tried dandelion leaves yet – I seem to remember they are quite bitter unless blanched under a pot for a while. I do grow a number of edible flowers to brighten up salads though.

  3. It’s amazing how many of the “weeds” are actively visited by the bees! Even though we “collect” a lot of weeds for compost fodder, we never collect when the bees are working them. Dandelion has so many uses! – the chickens love it! Dandelion root tea, salad leaves and so on. We mostly break them off so they can grow again…unless they’re seriously competing with something else.

    • Helen says:

      Dandelions, with their long tap root, also bring up lots of useful goodies, so their leaves are good additions to the compost 😊
      It’s a shame its got a bad reputation, considering how nutritious, easy to grow and ubiquitous it is.

  4. It’s nice having the time to read and listen to new and entertaining information. I’ve followed your links and appreciate you providing them, Helen.

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad you followed the links and found them entertaining, Alys. I try to listen to the garden show every week but it’s great these days to be able to listen again or catch up through the Internet.

  5. Weeds … funny they are often the bane of my life .. especially wandering buttercup – but they also protect the soil and encourage insects. Can’t be all that bad 🙂

  6. Anna says:

    I’ve lived all over and had so many gardens and have been able to test what happens when you let the weeds grow. I also tested many different mulches, weed barriers, etc. I’ve done it all. Now I live in a town home community which has HOA rules to the moon and back. It’s strange to see manicured lawns achieved by harmful chemicals but the dandelion is an enemy. I’m doing what I can in my small patch while getting lots of questions by neighbors. So I’m trying to educate folks on the joys of gardening naturally. The landscapers have mistaken many of perennials for weeds coming up and so they zapped them with weed killer. Having a compost pile would bring me joy but probably push the HOA over the cliff. I did know all this thank goodness when I moved here. It’s a temp move for my husband and I as we decide what to do with retirement. I think a good mulch pile is in my future. Thank goodness I can get good healthy compost from a reliable source for the flower beds. The bees are pleased with me.

    • Helen says:

      Good luck with your decision making, Anna. It sounds a frustrating place for you to be. I had a situation yesterday where I came up against incomprehension, which reminded me we’re not all in the same place!

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