Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Garden 'Tidy Up'

I got in a good days gardening yesterday, the sun shone and it was more than pleasant to be out there.

My intention was to clear the long strands of brambles which seem to have grown overnight and are ready to trip the unwary, and a large group of thistles which although very pretty I needed to take out. I have an abundance of nettles and thistles elsewhere in the garden for wildlife.

The green bin quickly filled up and I compressed it with spade and rake to get as much in as possible. 

Squirrel didn't seem too impressed with my efforts !! 

I don't compost my garden waste since I decided I was going to keep my garden 'on the wild side' and I did away with the lawns and mowing - so it is a mix of wild flowers and perennials with the addition of a few annuals geraniums and pansies etc, it suits me and it is very pretty in all seasons. 

So there will be pots of jam in the Autumn, if the birds leave any blackberries for me. In the meantime I have a yen to do some paintings, of my garden, maybe small watercolours. 

Watch this space !!!


justjill said...

It looks beautiful. We are just about to buy some compost bins, I wish the council would provide us with a bin like yours - we have never been very succesful at making compost!

Sheila Bury said...

Me neither , I had too much woody stuff which took ages to break down even though it was well mashed up.
I have a friend with a wormery, that seems to work and she gets some nice rich stuff for potting.

Linda said...

Your garden looks gorgeous. It's always nice once you've done all the hard work isn't it? We've got the large brown wheelie bin for garden/kitchen waste which the council empties every 2 weeks, ( usually every 4 in our case) But we also have an old black dustbin which we've been using to make our own compost for years.
I've been reading up on wormeries and have been wondering whether to try one! Sounds good!


The trick with compost bins is patience - mine took a couple of years to produce the goodies. Back in the days the compost heap was simply a boarded off pen at the back of the garden - I believe horse manure acts as a great accelerator