Back in the shit

Er… hello? Is there anyone there?

Sorry. Haven’t been here for a while. Ahem. Life got on top of me, rather. Too much to do, too little time. It happens.

New year’s resolution: Less waffling, less ranting, more gardening. Goddammit. And you can quote me on that when I next go off on one.

Today’s back-to-the-plot task was emptying the compost bin and spreading manure and compost on the plot. I love doing this. It’s hard work, but that earthy smell of shit and fresh compost (year-old vintage) is wildly stimulating. Makes me think of all the fantastic vegetables I’ll be growing later in the year.

It’s not far off now. The grim short days are lengthening, and soon I’ll be moaning about running out of time. Actually, who needs ‘soon’? I am running out of time. Curses.

Posted on 7th January 2012
Under: Winter | 9 Comments »

The compost heap from Hell

Compost heap horrorLooks like a shanty town, huh? Welcome to “Slumdog Allotmenteer”.

I’m not proud of myself. A compost heap should look a bit ragged around the edges… but this is beyond unhygienic. The bags are full of chicken shit from my mother’s farm, and the pong is really minging. Makes your eyes water.

The rest is… well, junk. Let’s call a spade a spade: I’m a filthy bugger, and I need a clean up.

Mental note: Tidy up plot soonest.

Posted on 9th February 2010
Under: Compost, Winter | 11 Comments »

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
Under: Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Compost Porn!

Soilman's allotment compost

This is specially for Cat. Couldn’t resist a competitive picture of Soilman’s 2008 compost vintage. Plus an accompanying headline any respectable blogger would rightly eschew as being below the taste basement.

No such qualms here, I’m afraid.

I’m looking forward to seeing how many desperate characters find their way to this blog via a ‘compost porn’ search. I just know this will become my most popular post ever…

Posted on 4th October 2008
Under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments »