The other day I saw a tweet from the RHS about using your compost in your garden. Now, normally I would do this much later on in springtime, but according to the RHS we should do this now.
So on Saturday morning it wasn’t raining and I decided to do that job now. I didn’t think it could hurt any. I would just be spreading it in winter rather than spring. *Shrug*
Now, this year the compost will be going solely on my veg plot to get it as good as I can for next season. I have already been scattering grass clippings onto the top of the plot and the worms have been pulling some of them down, awesome.
My first barrow full was really good stuff, it’s not usually this good. I guess the worms I put in the bin last year didn’t hurt at all!
The second barrow wasn’t as good. Still good to put on the plot but it had a bit more mass in it but that’s fine.
So both barrow loads went onto the veg plot. There wasn’t quite as much as I would really have liked, but its a big plot and only a smallish bin! Such is life I guess. B-)
So with a quick tickle with the fork to break up the top layer and start combining the new stuff with the existing soil, we are done for now. I will leave it for a couple of days and then fork it over again a bit deeper.
I have to say that I dug up LOADS of worms while turning the soil. Finding plenty of worms is always a sign of good soil (Read more here) so I am rather happy about that. It seems that turning over the grass when I initially cleared the area was a good idea. I’m glad I did it that way rather than simply take the sod away and dumping it.
I don’t want to have to add in any chemical fertilisers if I can avoid it… Mainly because they cost and I am the scrounging gardener! (Maybe I should change the tag line for this blog?!) but also because it means I will have to keep doing it unless I can find an alternative… And I would rather do that from the start!
Another thing I may try, now I have a half empty bin, is to put newspaper in the compost bin. It’s generally only green waste I use (garden waste and kitchen scraps) so adding some other brown waste, along with my occasional load of wood pulp cat litter. We used to have a shredder but I have no idea where it went to. I will have to have a good look, it will be a big help.