14 November 2013

Station Garden Update Nov 2013

Nadia writes:
I have really enjoyed working in the Station Garden over the last 6 months, under the close guidance of Jean. Despite the recent strong winds the garden is still looking good. At our last session we planted some raspberry canes and removed some of the wild strawberries to make space to plant onions and garlic. The roots were tough to dig up, so it was really satisfying once they were finally out!  I am looking forward to seeing how the garden develops over the colder months, and would encourage anyone wishing to get involved to get in touch as its a really lovely patch to work on.
I am completely new to gardening so can honestly say that working in the Station Garden has been a great introduction, especially as I don't have a garden where I live.

7 November 2013

Compost Recipe

compostees at TTW's community allotment
Ingredients - layers or a mixture of:

'Green' stuff: fresh weeds, old veg/veg peelings, tea bags, egg shells, a few grass clippings.

'Brown' stuff: dried plants & woody material, scrunched up non shiny cardboard.

Optional extras: nettles, comfrey leaves, urine, chicken poo, a little wood ash. 
Your compost likes plenty of air and to be nicely moist, not too wet or dry. 
 Either build a heap and forget about it, other than to turn it occasionally and check it's not too wet or dry.
Or regularly turn: re-layering, & moistening if dry or adding brown stuff if wet

It's ready when transformed into brown crumbly soil like matter, anything from a few months to a year.

Here's lots more good advice.
For compost geeks: how to make it in 18 days