Archive for September, 2009

Compost hell

Compost heapEmptied the compost heap the other day. Never looks like a daunting job, but it always ends up knackering me.

The compost ‘congeals’ in places, and you have to hack at it with a spade to lever it up and out. This year’s yield was a great vintage – rich, dark and crumbly – but I paid for it in sweat and back ache.

Compost spread on the plot

And now the evenings are drawing in, so my mood’s turning a little dark. I HATE this time of year.

PS Just for Cat, a pic of my compost spread out on next year’s brassica bed (click to enlarge). Looks remarkably like the soil now that it’s dried out.

Posted on 3rd September 2009
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Dahlias go nuclear

Outrageous dahliaOutrageous dahlia. I’ve had buckets full of them this season. Another thing that seems to appreciate warm, dry conditions.

Total failure to blog for the last week; and to garden. The plot is weed hell, and I’m looking at an autumn of seriously hard work to get it back under control.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

Posted on 1st September 2009
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