Yorkshire Post to the rescue

Over the weekend, I did some work for Zero Waste Leeds. They had asked if I could make a video of my composting system – and upon hearing that I wrote a blog, they asked if I could do a couple of guest posts for their website.

The Zero Waste Leeds website has lots of tips about reducing waste generally and I was pleased to learn something myself when I read another post in the garden waste section. Of course, I promptly forgot this little nugget and will have to read the post again.

However, I didn’t forget that I needed to sort out the fruit flies in the Green Johanna once I had finished the work for Zero Waste Leeds. They have found themselves an attractive site because I had not been adding enough carbon-rich material.

When I added horse manure the other week, that dampened the fruit flies enthusiasm for the heap. Then I saw last night that they were back in abundance after the addition of more vegetable peelings.

Fortunately, one of my neighbours has started passing on his Yorkshire Post newspapers to me. Back at the start of lockdown, I had offered to help him with shopping and other errands. He, naturally, wanted to thank me for my help and it occurred to me that he could do so in a way which still helped him, too.

Now, he brings a few copies of the Post to my front door, as and when, instead of having to drag out a wheelie bin full of paper once a fortnight. And I can slip them into the Green Johanna, as I feel the need. So, another win-win situation!

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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7 Responses to Yorkshire Post to the rescue

  1. What a lovely example of co-operation. One peson’s waste is another’s resource – and a great example for the zero waste initiative!

    • Helen says:

      The blogposts and videos don’t actually talk about the newspapers. Maybe I need to look at my post again to make that clear.

      Anyway, co-operation is so pleasing 😊

  2. We have trained some of our neighbours to give us their grass cuttings for our compost… it’s great when you can help people out by using their waste.

  3. That is a good tip about horse manure and fruit flies

    • Helen says:

      Well, it’s something I noted when I got the manure a couple of weeks ago. However, the minute I added more vegetable peelings to the bin, the flies were back. So, I think you need to constantly put more manure on top of the vegetables.

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