Composting fun at The Garden House February 25 2015

We had so much fun turning over the compost heap today that I can barely remember what else we did at The Garden House this afternoon. Compost needs a bit of attention every now and then to keep it healthy so every couple of months it’s time to turn it over and dig out the good stuff at the bottom. The Garden House has a set of three compost sections, each section filled with a mixture of compostable materials such as raw food waste, straw from the chickens and cardboard. Cooked food should never be composted as it can attract rats so this is fed to the chickens and worms instead. The compost is moved between the 3 sections every now and then so today we moved the top layers of one of the sections into the other 2 sections so that we could use the good composted soil at the bottom. This activity involves climbing into the compost and physically moving it which was quite hard but very enjoyable.

Composting. What You Sow at The Garden House

Composting. What You Sow at The Garden House

Composting. What You Sow at The Garden House

The compost we retrieved was then used on the revamped herb garden. Some of the herb shrubs had reached huge sizes so needed to be removed, cuttings taken and then put back in a more manageable size. Here you can see the Golden Oregano in the patch and in pots as cuttings. To split the plant we used a hacksaw as it’s quite tough, then we pruned all the scraggly bits and put the cuttings into individual pots for everyone to take home.

Golden Oregano. What You Sow at The Garden House

Golden Oregano. What You Sow at The Garden House

Golden Oregano. What You Sow at The Garden House

Apart from that, Bridge showed us how to pot tomato seedlings on. You can tell they’re ready when they have a couple of sets of leaves. 

Potting on seedlings. What You Sow at The Garden House

She told us that when moving them to always hold them by the leaves, not the delicate stalks. Overfill the pot with a multi purpose compost then scrape the excess off the top. Make a big hole in the middle with a dibber then pop your seedling in right up to the bottom set of leaves. This prevents the delicate stalks from going all wobbly. They will be ready for planting out mid May. With it having been such a beautiful warm day in the garden today, Spring can’t be far away, can it?

Potting on seedlings. What You Sow at The Garden House

Talking of Spring, the garden is absolutely packed full of crocuses at the moment. I took a lot of crocus pictures, most of which I will be posting on instagram over the next few days. 

Crocus. What You Sow at The Garden House

Some of the goodies we took home with us today:

What You Sow at The Garden House

And finally, in other news, look how quickly the lettuce seeds from 2 weeks ago have come up…

Seedlings. What You Sow at The Garden House

 

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