Yesterday afternoon, I watched a series of videos on YouTube about the soil web. Immediately, I felt inspired to get out in the garden and do some work but of course it was dark. In any case, a purchase I made this lunchtime would make the work I wanted to do much easier.
A few weeks ago, the stick that came with the Green Johanna broke. That is, the metal blades got stuck in the compost bin and will not now be seen until the compost can be emptied. So, I started using a fork to turn the contents of the bin – and ended up with pulled muscles in my diaphragm.
Overnight, I’d forgotten about all this but seeing there was a sale on at a garden centre we frequent, it seemed like a pleasant destination on a cold and snowy January day. Having killed off last year’s kalanchoe, I first wondered if I could get a replacement now. Indeed I did but at 49p I doubt I could have paid by card, which is when I remembered I needed a new turning implement for the Green Johanna.
The attraction of the new ‘stick’, which brings to mind the trident carried by the god of the sea, Poseidon, is that it is metal and will therefore not rot. Its length and slim head also make it possible to push it deep into the compost pile but this head is still wide enough to bring up big clumps from the depths to aerate the pile.
My supposition turned out to be correct, so I was mightily pleased. Not only can I continue to turn the contents of the Green Johanna but all being well there will be no more pulled muscles.