Category Archives: Permaculture

Rethinking the bokashi

For almost three years, I’ve been using a bokashi bin to ferment all manner of food waste for use as fertiliser in the garden. There is no doubt under normal circumstances that the contents of the bin become excellent compost … Continue reading

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The novelty of working at three degrees

It was so cold today, the secateurs were like ice cubes in my hands. Likewise, it was not comfortable holding the spade. However, I was pleased to get a few small jobs out of the way in the garden this … Continue reading

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A rat in the hugel bed

Two years ago around Christmastime, a rat decided to dig a tunnel into the compost bin. I therefore moved the bin and the rat disappeared. This year, there were again the telltale signs of a rat digging into the bin, … Continue reading

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One row up!

Yesterday, I mentioned the puzzle of the nasturtiums withstanding snow. Now, I notice another phenomenon which intrigues me, although I think the answer to this may be more straightforward. Whilst doing a morning inspection of the back garden, I was … Continue reading

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Undeterred by snow

By a miracle of nature, even though the temperatures are above freezing, there has been a light dusting of snow for the last 12 hours or so. There has also been a warning of black ice on the school playground. … Continue reading

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The stake

If like me you are into medieval history, the title for this post could be somewhat ambiguous. There is certainly a wooden post involved. However, it has quite a different use in my 21st century back garden. My dad had … Continue reading

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Leaves gone, branches gone

On Monday morning, the crab apple tree had four leaves at the very top. The wind got up and by lunch time, I could have given the tree a prune, except that I did the job this morning instead. The … Continue reading

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