Round the garden in 80 days #35

On Monday, I ended up being very busy after piling half the contents of the dalek compost bin onto the new raised bed but I made further progress this morning.

Overnight, I remembered I had more sheep’s fleece, this time in the form of felt used in packaging. Since the stuff rots quickly enough, it went on top of the compost already on the bed and, expecting it to be very windy later on, the rest of the compost from the dalek went on to weigh it down. However, I’d misjudged how much compost there was left, so it really is only weighing the fleece down.

Before the few spadefuls of compost went on top of the packing felt.

At least the now empty compost bin could be moved to a new position. It was handy, having the bin so close to where the compost was to be used but I needed space for the rhubarb crown which I was given last year. And, after seeing how the lack of sunlight in the old bed restricted growth, it needed to be somewhere less shady than this, the only alternative spot.

So, the dalek has now moved from here

to here.

And I am now happily filling it up again, firstly with the materials originally intended for the new raised bed and then some of the contents of the Green Johanna with horse manure. I’m going to try to keep this concoction in there for about a year but we’ll see how it goes.

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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15 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #35

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    You are getting a lot done!

  2. It’s looking good, and reminded me of a friend who took advantage of a council offer for a couple of compost bins. His wife thought they were ugly so he put them in the garage and wondered why a stream of black liquid was gathering as everything simply rotted. I had to explain the basic mechanics of composting and the importance of putting them outside on soil! He was not a natural gardener. 🙂

  3. It’s nice to see your regular updates. Will you get a freeze soon where you live, or is that a way off?

  4. I would never have thought of packaging felt

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