Not used for a year

How often do you do a job and then wish you’d done it differently?

In my case, the Green Johanna has turned out to be in the wrong place. First, I damaged to top growth of the hazel next to it, whilst mixing up the interior. Then the branches started to grow and now I can’t get the compost out of the bottom hatch without molesting the tree.

However, out the compost had to come if I was to move the bin to a better location. So, thinking this might be more comfortable work in the morning, I set out at half eight today to switch the contents of the Green Johanna to the dakek and the finishing-off bin.

When I had the bokashi system, there was never enough compost from the dakek to go in the compost bin. Now, after a year out of service it is stuffed to the gills and fingers crossed will produce a fine compost for next spring.

I doubt it had cooled down much overnight as the morning exercise was not as easy-going as I’d expected. In fact, after an hour I gave in and succumbed to the lure of a nap. Besides, I reckoned leaving the dakek a few hours might allow its new contents to settle and thus provide room for more of the Green Johanna’s to fit in.

This thinking turned out to be spot on. Having had yet another nap after lunch (well, it was a bit sultry last night), by late afternoon I was fortified for another onslaught. And with more space in the dalek, I was able more or less to empty the Green Johanna.

Originally, I had estimated the whole job, including moving the Green Joanna to its new location, would be fine in a day. Blame it on the heat but the estimation has proved wrong. Tomorrow therefore I hope to finish it off by first clearing the spot where the bin is to go and ending with filling it up anew.

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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8 Responses to Not used for a year

  1. We have a phantom hydrangea which it took us 3 years to realise was in the wrong place. It was so ailing that we moved it. This is its best year yet.

  2. That is such a familiar story for me! The heat is very tiring too – we had thunder yesterday but it is just as humid again now.

  3. No! Doing something and wishing, with the benefit of hindsight, I had done it differently!

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