Compost contemplations

Like many organic gardeners, I am fascinated by compost. I know – it’s a bit weird, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. I love to witness the alchemy as my kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, cardboard and other unwanted items are...

What can a garden be?

This post is a ponder about what a garden can be – for us, and for the other inhabitants of planet Earth that live in the area. This is a big and sometimes controversial subject, so please take this writing as exploration rather than answers. All discussion that...

Spot the bronze garden tool

From his article in the October 2019 issue of Star and Furrow, the journal of the Biodynamic Association, Charles Mitchell shows us his toolshed. From left, the Deneb Hoe, Perseus Rake, Alya Spade, Syrma Rose Fork, long Polux Hoe, Hydra Hoe and further towards the...

End of a chapter

Today, using my Mira Trowel, I harvested the onions from the new raised bed. The frame of the bed was laid on the lawn last August, then the grass was covered with cardboard and the frame filled with about four inches of home-made compost. In September the onion set...

No-dig works

Last summer this was part of our lawn. One afternoon in August, partner Nigel made a timber frame. I laid cardboard over the grass, and then filled the frame with compost. This is how it looked by the end of that afternoon. In September I planted some onion sets and...