Tuesday, 29 March 2022

The Joy Of Homemade Compost.




 I dug over and weeded a vegetable plot for someone on Saturday morning.  Regular readers may remember the veg plot when I rescued it last year?

This time I weeded, dug over and emptied the compost bins and compost heaps.  Two of them had been there for 3 years.  It was wonderful stuff full of red brandling worms.  Oh how I would have liked them back in my Coarse fishing days.  

The compost will no doubt be full of food for the vegetables and birds and full of really useful anaerobic bacteria.  

The birds started singing and talking to each other: "Hey that bloke from down the road is throwing grub on the veg plot".  I have said it before on here that old gardeners reincarnate into Robins.  

I also removed a tarpaulin covering the weeds and grass that I had cleared the overgrown veg plot last year.  This had turned into wonderful friable homemade compost.  

The soil in the veg plot is the best soil I have found over here.  The owners have been putting composted hen muck on it for years and can't you tell the difference.  

In the photograph above you can see that dark brown compost that I dug out and spread with shovel and pike and raked out afterwards.  The grey area in the bottom right hand corner was the last bit to have compost applied.

I think I will make some more compost heaps.  You can never have enough of the stuff.  Don't take it to the waste transfer station make your own homemade compost!

Who wrote The Joy Of Sex? I thought sex was what posh people got their coal delivered in: "I'll have sex bags of coal please!"πŸ˜€



22 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're a New Zealander. Seex, sex or six.
    I'll be piling up my compost heaps soon with loads of winter weeds. All my greenery will have to be cleared. Only my nasturtiums will remain till the hot sun kills them

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  2. F so gets it and could rave for Africa about composting. Mr B can't see the attractions but he does help her collect trailer losds of seaweed and horse manure, and straw bales, and shreds all the hedge clippings and tree prunings (I think he enjoys that bit). Here, I help out by making sawdust out of wood pellets... She collects coffee grounds from cafes and work, and minces up all the household scraps...... Even in a second floor apartment she had to find ways to make compost and takes it out to make a garden in the wasteland between the two one way streets in front of us. She nearly cries when well meaning neighbours take away her neatly constructed piles of weeds intended to mulch the garden and keep in some moisture. How do some folk get to be so obsessed with organic waste?

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  3. Very good LA. I hate it when people pay to take away their grass and weeds..? When all that free stuff can be made into lovely homemade plant food or compost. I believe you can put Nasturtiums in salads.

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  4. Hi Tigger your human owners soundcto be on the ball when it comes to composting. I must go down to my nearest beach which is about ten mins away walking or 5 by car for some big bags of seaweed.

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    1. F says use onion bags and that way the little jumpy things can escape all over your car. (If you have chickens they love the little jumpy things.)

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  5. It is easy to see that you are "turned on" by compost Dave. I bet that Mrs Northsider keeps a bag of it under your bed - for emergency use only.

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  6. Our first compost bin here is filling up already. Lots of lovely stuff in there now.

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    1. Adding an occasional handful of human faeces will enrich the compost quite significantly.

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    2. Night soil was often collected and used for vegetable production YP. Male urine is a good addition to any conpost heap and you don't have to take off your wellies to use the little room or the "jacks" like they say in Ireland.

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  7. Hmm...😎 We still ask the post boy for the rubber bands to go over the Tayto crisps packet YP. Cheese and onion of course.😊 I always appreciate our similar sense of humour.

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  8. Hi JayCee. Compost bins are a good place to put bills after expensive soirees at one's new ' des res' .🍾🎻

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  9. We are a four composts family. Two in the garden, one full and one to fill. One for the kitchen waste (no meat, potato peels or foreign fruit. And one for the coffee.

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  10. Hi Oneviking girl. You sound very resourceful and I would think you have some bountiful harvests with all that lovely compost.

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  11. I have always thought that Las Vegas is a missed opportunity , for some enterprising person. All those masses of thrown out food, just waiting to be turned into compost.
    Kathy

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    1. Very true Kathy. A lot of vegetable waste could be collected and used for compost.

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  12. That's how our veg garden is looking at the moment, with about 10 foxglove plants along one long side because husband can't bear to pull them up! He also left the rainbow chard, and there's lots of rocket coming up.I had a mixed flower/veg garden last year, and the bees loved it.
    Just been out to water the greenhouse, so I thought I check our rhododendrons while I was out - not so much as a flower head yet, but it is cold on our north-facing hill!

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  13. Thanks Veg Artist. It's always good to know what is going on in other people's gardens. Things are starting to wake up and flower in our gardens.

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  14. I am in love with the idea of composting. We can't though. It attracts bears.

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  15. Yogi Bear was one of my heroes Debby. I once fed my mum's homemade sandwiches to Polar Bears in a zoo.

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  16. forget the compost, look at that view!

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  17. Very true Sol. It's a nice view on a nice day. Hope you're well and how is your new house and garden project going?

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