Category Archives: soil management

No pear tree this year

My plans for a dwarf pear tree have floundered this year. What with the bumpy start to the year for myself as well as the weather, the pot I was going to use for the tree is still full of … Continue reading

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Through Leeds Rotters Composting Champions, I have come across a nationwide scheme to help build soil and grow food. This scheme, ShareWaste, brings together people who have food waste to donate and people who would love to compost it. The … Continue reading

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Of course, as the rain subsides, the pond goes down, so I can imagine that mine will soon look like this: This would be a great shame for the birds that have started to visit the pond once again, now … Continue reading

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A warm glow

In 2016, on the Permaculture Design Course, I was told that a wood burning stove was the most environmentally friendly way of heating a house. I therefore set about investigating and discovered: My house was too small for even the … Continue reading

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How long will they take to rot?

The big apple tree needed a good prune: Branches were growing into the shed and the fence, cluttering up the centre of the tree and pointing upwards. So, the bypass loppers came out today and off came a fair amount … Continue reading

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A new way of turning

I vow every Monday to start the morning by reading a book but it rarely happens. Something always seems to get in the way. Today, was different and I luxuriated in the peacefulness of my latest tome without a shadow … Continue reading

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Blue glass

There isn’t much to report about the garden, apart from the fact that the Green Johanna seems to be working. Since Monday, the heap has gone down by about a third – I’ll have to check the dalek to compare. … Continue reading

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Lower branches

When I picked the crab apples back in September, I noticed that those on the top of the tree were bigger and without marks. So, yet again I have a question as to why this might be. Notwithstanding, the lower … Continue reading

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Careful with those buds!

My obsession with the hazel trees continues…. I’ve been working from home today and, when the virus check slowed the computer down to the extent I could’ve scroll down any of the documents I was using, I decided it was … Continue reading

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How to fill a Green Johanna

I had had high hopes of yesterday morning, originally intending to get quite a few jobs done in the garden. However, work has become a bit of a nightmare and I ended up pre-occupied with other matters than horticulture. I … Continue reading

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