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Digging out the compost

Why we will stop using the Green Johanna

Back in January 2011 in a bid to be more eco-friendly my family and I started using a Green Johanna hot composter. The idea was that we would reduce the amount of organic waste we put into landfill and produce compost for the garden. We originally considered a Green Cone which in hindsight may have [...]
Nice shot of a pea plant on the windowsill

Spring 2013

Today Bella and I tidied up the garden after winter, we had a great time and it only really took the afternoon! The first thing we did was empty our bird feeders. These have mostly been used by the squirrels, and most of the seed has been left untouched, which could be the red kites (which [...]
Our seed feeder - hung from and old bracket we once used for a lantern

Winter is coming

OK, so actually it is pretty much here. I’ve been working on a big project lately which I will write about once it is done, for today here is just a little update. Today Bella and I visited the Environment Centre in High Wycombe in its new home a short walk from our home. We used to go all the time [...]
Followed by cardboard

Compost Non-update

Why have I titled this a non-update? Well, basically, nothing much has changed now for a while. The compost at the bottom of the Green Johanna looks nothing like the food it came from, lots mostly like soil but is still soft, wet and smelly and full of rat-tailed maggots (Hoverfly larvae, [...]
The patch early in the season

Veggies Update

The last post I did about our veggie patch was back in April, since then we have had a full growing season and harvested our magnificent bounty…… well erm you’ll see. This post will be of no interest to a seasoned gardener I’m afraid, but it shows how well plants have grown on compost from my Green [...]
Bright pink strawberry planters, Bella's favourite colour!

Planting time!

Last weekend (well, the one before last) we put a planter and some meadow seed down in our eyesore of a garden, and this weekend Bella and I added some more plants! Below are some photos of what we got up to. As well as planing potato’s we also planted some peas (which will grow up the deck [...]
Adding the cat litter

Carbon and Composlime

Me? Struggling for post titles? It’s like you are saying there isn’t anything all that interesting about compost…. Last weekend I mentioned that the compost wasn’t ready, but that we had to go ahead and use some anyway. Well a week later I have actually got around to adding in some carbon. We do [...]
Digging out the compost

More compost and planter

Not the most exciting post but the best I can think up, as you can tell from the lack of posts over the last month I am very busy with work [current project]! This weekend we set aside some time to work on our garden. It has been in a sorry state for 2 or 3 years now (I can’t remember which), with [...]
How the composter looked today

Hot Compost – We have finally used some!

Well, it has been over a year, but we have at last used some of the compost we have been making. Sadly we used it to part fill the pot for a small tree we have placed over Vader (our cats) grave; he was hit by a car. Vader isn’t in the pot, he’s buried in the garden but we wanted something to sit [...]
How the composter looked today

Hot compost – one year on

Well it’s been about one year since we started hot composting with our Green Johanna, and we have yet to get any compost from it, but then again we have yet to fill it (as of today it is only ¾ full)! We set out to reduce our waste to landfill, and we have; we now throw out between ¼ and ½ a bag of [...]
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