Archive for April, 2010

Nettle soup, the fertilising kind

Nettles are fabulous.  Last year I went round in the late autumn picking as many as  I could find and dumping them in the new nettle ‘fermenter’ (See here)

That has rotted down nicely and it really pongs.  It’s been watered down and dumped everywhere it can concieveably be needed.

Now of course we’ve had to top it up, so yesterday I popped round to the most nettle infested parts of the allotment and pulled up more than my fair share.  I then stuffed it in the fermenter, filled up with water and set about it with a big stick to ensure it was broken up a bit – the more you break it down, the more surface area the bacteria has to rot it down with.

In a few weeks it’ll be even more stinky and more delicious for the plants.  Hurrah!

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Wives, and why they’re amazing

Recently things have been a bit stressful .  We’re looking to move so the home is on the market.  That in itself required a lot of DIY, on top of a hernia operation and preparing for quite an intensive course and subsequent exam.  I couldn’t possibly take the time out to go down the allotment.

But my wife came to the rescue.  For over a week now she’s been strimming, weeding, planting and watering.  On Sunday I finally went down to see the lay of the land.  It’s back to its old self – almost as if I’ve never left which is fabulous.

We spent the day turning over and moving the compost bed.  A few of the areas now have a healthy new layer of compost and the heap was moved through fear of rats (which seem to be under the shed, not in the compost heap). 

The heap which has served us well for three years was dismantled and cleaned up so we can plant on it.  Not sure what we’re putting in there yet but I’m sure the soil is very good after all that compost being brought down by the worms.

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Passing through

I’ve not gone, though I figure we’re likely to get a letter from the committee saying start sorting out your plot or get out!

My wife is currently weeding and sowing whilst I work on exams, jobs and house buying.

If all goes well, I may get a house and chickens!

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