Until Thursday, I had prevaricated over whether to keep the self-seeded rowan growing by the bay tree. Then the decision was made to chop it down. It was too close the house and seeing how big some of the rowans in neighbouring gardens have grown, removing it seemed the best option.
Actually, as it was getting dark by the time I’d mustered the energy to do some work in the garden, only the branches got chopped off, so the stump left in the ground may regenerate. So be it.
Many of the branches have been added to wood pile at the end of the garden. The ones I placed there last year, have not yet begun to decompose, so I doubt they make an ideal habitat for many insects. However, the new additions should make the spot more appealing, at least in the long run.
The smaller branches were added to the Green Johanna to provide air pockets in the compost. Decomposition has slowed down now the weather has turned cool and I need to think strategically about what should go in there in order not to end up with the kind of food waste that attracts rats in an open compost bin. Fortunately, I have a cunning plan which will be revealed later in the month.
In the meantime, here is a podcast I listened to this morning with Jen Gale of the Sustainable(ish) blog, talking Anna de la Vega (The Urban Worm) and Tim Mead (Yeo Valley) about how organic farming can help against the climate crisis. Particularly notable for me is the role of soil in this endeavour: https://www.asustainablelife.co.uk/?powerpress_pinw=16185-podcast