New toys

I’m glad I’ve been on annual leave over the last few days, whilst we’ve had a short heatwave in Britain. I’m also glad to have picked up a new spade and a fork from my dad, as he does a clear out of his tools.

Now that I’m moving onto a no-dig system, out of necessity with all the perennial plants as much as principle (better for the soil), the fork will be useful for lifting out roots I don’t want. It might also help me turn the compost heap in view of its being in a permanent position.

The spade and fork had been surprise acquisitions. The bokashi bin featured above had been taken to my parents’ so that I could convert it to a wormery. However, this didn’t happen.

With a no-dig system and so little space to make a hole for the bokashi solids, I’d thought of a wormery being an excellent alternative for food waste. Upon further reflection, though, this is only viable in the late autumn through to spring.

The central issue is that there in nowhere outside to keep it where the worms would be comfortable – that is, not baking. However, if I clear the shed sufficiently to make room for a bin, they would be okay in there when it is cool.

Besides, the bokashi is better for processing all food waste, even if the composting is not complete until it is either put in the ground or decomposed in the compost bin. On the other hand, the wormery could take over in the winter, so that I’m not left with full bokashi bins that I can’t do anything about until at least March, when the rats don’t seem to be bothered by such an addition to the compost.

Anyway, it remains to be seen what I ultimately decide to do. It would be such a shame if I had to start giving food waste that can’t go directly in the compost bin back to the council. At least we don’t have much of it!

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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