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!