Monday, 12 March 2018

The New Compost Boxes

Recently, I got some pallets and decided to make compost boxes. The ten of them is right enough to make a line of three.

The idea is to fill the box 1 in the first season. The middle box is used for collecting and storing excess material. As the material in box 1 shrinks, refill it from box 2. The next year, fill the box 3 and use compost from the box 1. This way I don't have to turn the heaps, but only wait for compost to be ready. 

So far, I made the two of the boxes. The old one, as seen in the photo, still contains some of the compost. I need to sift it and spread on the beds in the vegetable garden. It started to rain and I haven't finished the job.  
The black plastic container which I got from our council (free) is used only as the storage for leaves. It is an important source of so-called 'brown material' which is usually in short supply when making the right compost mixture.
I also have two compost boxes made of wire mesh with wooden studs in the corners. 

Sunday, 4 March 2018


There are still a few kumquats left on the tree. I ate the two of them today.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Tee Anyone?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Mild Winter, So Far

Due to the mild temperatures, the heralds of Springs are all out: primroses, snowdrops, hellebores... This blooming Matthiola also confirms the fact that the winter is mild. 

I didn't do much in the garden. It is too early to sow anything, even in the house. The days are still short and the lack of light causes etiolation of the seedlings. I am only going to sow the leeks because it grows slowly. 

A wild hare ate up my kale and swiss chard. Well, I cannot blame him for eating such good vegetables!
Interestingly, he didn't even touch the corn salad. I picked some up for the lunch tomorrow.

I have to admit, the weather is tempting me to go out and do some gardening work, but I know it is too early. I am planning the vegetable garden and buying the seeds and gardening equipment. Some tools need replacement. I bought the hedge shears and a telescopic lopper yesterday. Already tried them out by pruning the Wistaria and the rambling rose on my terrace.