Category Archives: soil management

Building the bed by the back door

There wasn’t a lot of soil left from excavating the hole for my pond in the winter of 2018, once I’d spread it round the garden. Thus, the bed by the back door had ended up with but a thin … Continue reading

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An altogether better place

You Were Gone by Tim Weaver is perhaps one of the most intriguing books I have read this year. It was lent to me by a distant neighbour in Altofts, near Wakefield. Having now finished this book and duly returned … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Both sides of the border

This last week, we had a few days away, staying in Berwick-upon-Tweed. The original focus of the holiday had been to visit Bamburgh Castle after hearing about the recent finding of Viking remains and artefacts there. However, this turned out … Continue reading

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A new way of sowing beans

Way back at the beginning of lockdown, I was alerted to the fact that the Permaculture film ‘Inhabit’ was free to view at the moment. As I’m not great at watching things, I’d not got round to watching it till … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Post to the rescue

Over the weekend, I did some work for Zero Waste Leeds. They had asked if I could make a video of my composting system – and upon hearing that I wrote a blog, they asked if I could do a … Continue reading

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The first good feed in years

Ever since we’d started going to Red Lodge Farm near Wakefield for our raw milk, we’d pass a stables which offered ‘Free Manure’. The first time, I lodged it in the back of my mind for future reference; and thereafter … Continue reading

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Eight years

Today, I received an email from WordPress, congratulating me on blogging with them for eight years. Goodness, these eight years have passed quickly and WordPress has become such a fixture in my life, I really can’t imagine not blogging now. … Continue reading

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The claims and the reality

The Green Johanna website claims that the compost bin can produce the most fantastic compost in six weeks. Now, such a short amount of time is immaterial to me but quality is a different matter. The blurb I received with … Continue reading

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I’ve never seen those trees before!

I wasn’t sure if we should go into town (Leeds city centre) yesterday but there were some food stuffs that I needed and I would still rather not buy from supermarkets and large producers. Especially at this time, I fear, … Continue reading

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