So, this weekend was a busy family weekend, but we did manage to fit in a few hours in the garden today. Keith continued clearing the space for the tree planting in a few weeks. We have lots of neighbours because a new large housing estate was built right next door to us, so on one side, there are 14 gardens backing on to ours. We don’t know these neighbours because it’s actually a long way round to their front doors, and because the housing is either social housing, or cheap small starter homes, people tend to move on fairly quickly. So it was nice today, as Keith was clearing brambles, that an unknown neighbour popped his head over the fence and asked if we were planning to build. Keith said, no, he was planting a small wood – the neighbour was delighted with that and went on to say how his children enjoyed watching the foxes play by our pond from their bedroom window each spring. Like many people he said he could never be bothered to put the hours in that we do, but he did enjoy having a lovely garden as his view.
I continued pruning fruit trees in the orchard, Did another 6 today, so have done 11 in total, leaving 17 to go. Now, that may sound like 3 more sessions, at 6 trees a time, but there are 3 big triploids in the remainder, so getting 6 done every session is probably ambitious. But I’ll try for 4 more sessions – which should mean job done by the end of February.
Another good thing today was a pair of jays scouting for a nest site – tried to take a photo or two, but I’m not sure it was very successful? Not too bad for an opportunity shot?
Anyway, this post is supposed to be about composting. I realised after I published my last post, that I hadn’t mentioned our lovely new compost bins. The old ones were collapsing after many years service, and were in the wrong place anyway. We plan this year to re-establish the vegetable gardens, so a new composting arrangement was needed. I sourced some tremendous bins from Ebay – yes, we could make them ourselves but we’re both rubbish carpenters and decided we’d rather support someone else’s small business than struggle making an inferior product ourselves. We bought 9 in total, and then moved all the made compost from the old bins. So now 4 are full of ready to use compost, one is almost full of stuff I’m currently adding, two are empty, and two are full of leafmould in various states of decomposing. This will all be so useful come spring.
Speaking of spring – it’s almost 5pm and I haven’t drawn the curtains above my desk yet! The tree planting is planned for Imbolc, a celtic festival of early spring and the return of the light. Must get some spuds chitting ….