Outside no. 9

Organic September

One slightly contentious area of growing organically is just what fertilisers can be used. There are purists who stipulate only plant based materials, no animal products such as bonemeal or hoof and horn, nor any...

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Outside no. 9

Pocket full of rye

As a new garden in development, there are recently cleared patches which haven't yet been planted up but shouldn't be left bare overwinter. Green manures help suppress weeds, prevent nutrients being washed away in the...

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Black HotBin mini next to green wheelie bin
Outside no. 9

More hot stuff

Look at what was on my doorstep one glorious afternoon. My mini hotbin finally arrived. Light and easy to manhandle into position; I soon had it out of the box and filling up. Fortunately I have a paper shredder...

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Outside no. 9

Hot Stuff!

Once, if you mentioned composting, it conjured up images of untidy piles of rotting vegetation, mouldering away in a hidden corner of the garden. But then councils introduced green waste collections and whisked it all...

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