Eco-friendly stuff

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 [...]
17 sacks of wood, all that was left of the tree

Using a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe to cut up a big tree

Last year I chopped down a big tree that had been threatening to damage a neighbouring property. I also (a bit earlier) got my first axe, a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, and a wood grenade. After a bit of a delay (a few months) I have now finished cutting up (into fuel sized pieces) what was [...]
A Grey Squirrel in our garden - THE (very very cute) ENEMY

Squirrel proof?

A few weeks ago we put up some bird feeders in our garden. Like many people in the UK we have a local Grey Squirrel problem, so we went for squirrel proof bird feeders. This week we noticed our food going down very quickly, great! Lots of birdies we thought, but no it was just one squirrel. [...]
The Wood Grenade in use

Wood Grenade

For my 100th post I wrote about my new axe, at about the same time I got a Wood Grenade from my brother (& his wife and their son) which I must write about (mostly in support of a post I hinted at here which is coming in a few days). The Roughneck Wood Grenade is a splitting wedge, which is all I [...]
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 [...]

No more butterflies

No it’s not a tragic story, just that we have let Bella’s butterflies go (except for the one with the wonky wings, which is also no longer with us), here are some photos of the big day. (more…)
Group shot

More Butterflies!

All of our butterflies had finally emerged as of last night. The only one we saw was, sadly, the one from the night before that had seemed stuck. It was definitely stuck, it had been trying to get out for a day so in the end I helped it down from the wall of the enclosure and took the last of the [...]
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