Monday, 24 January 2011

Compostus Binus Magnificentus no more

A damp and dreary Sunday but by working slowly, over the course of the day I managed to empty the remainder of the original compost bin and move it to one of the new bins by the shed.
oh look - another barricade, there's a surprise

Most of it is lovely, black, crumbly and gorgeous. Unfortunately there is a layer of twiggy stuff at the bottom which has hardly decayed at all and will need to be sieved out before the compost is used. It would have taken too long and been too exhausting to do that yesterday so I moved everything and delayed the sifting for another day.

(this doesn't need sieving, there are much bigger twigs & bits underneath)

I had assistance, which is why a job that should have taken two hours took all day:


  1. Hi Bilbo, Just had a catch up. Sam is the most gorgeous colour and I love the pics peering into the wheelbarrow. Your greenhouse looks to be full of interesting things! Spent an hour this morning out in the sunshine raking through the huge pile of ash left by our bonfire and taking out bits of metal etc. I'm sure there is something good I can do with it all ,,, the ash not the metal! Jill

  2. Isn't it great to be outside? Could you save yourself a bit of work and just add the twiggy compost to a newer bin to give the twigs more time to rot down? Or even leave that layer in there if you are restarting that bin, just mix it up a bit. Riddling is damn hard work on your own - unless you can teach Sam to hold the riddle for you?

  3. ps. I think Sam is fancying a ride in that mucky barrow!

  4. How darn cute is that! I'm sure you're enjoying the company in the garden if not the assistance!

  5. Sieving compost is right up there with stuffing mushrooms in the 'life's too short' stakes!

    I'm with CB - anything which you don't fancy sticking on the beds/borders, chuck it back in the bin. Even if the compost is a bit rough when you barrow it onto the beds, you'll be surprised how it turns into good stuff that you can plant into after you've turned your back on it for a couple of month until spring.

    If you don't need quite so much attention from your 'helper' whilst you are trying to get jobs done, I think it will do him no harm to be on a stake & long lead for twenty minutes so that he can watch but not join in quite so enthusiastically! (might also help him not to get his nose pronged with that huge fork by mistake!!)

  6. Your assistant is certainly showing a commendable level of interest in what you are doing.

  7. Thanks for the compost advice. The offending "twigs" are leylandii trimmings which never should have been put in the bin in the first place, it may be some years before they have rotted away and they are too large to ignore/put in a bed.

    My "assistant" shows a commendable level of interest in anything - that suits him. He does not, however, show the remotest level of interest in doing as he is told, particularly returning to Mum or Dad from whatever part of the garden he's trotted off to. In fact, he has now decided that the command "come" means "adopt an appearance of total deafness until two-legs walks over and is within grabbing distance, then run like hell in the opposite direction". He found himself in the garden on a long extending lead yesterday which rather curtained that particular game.

  8. Ah, the four legs version of the terrible twos. We're still there with sproglet #1 and he's now nearly four and a half!

    Still, with strict training Sam will be there soon enough.

  9. Showing interest is a sign of intelligence - you'll soon have Sam gardening


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