As you well know, I hate spending money so just popping off to the garden centre for some compost is not really an option. Last year some kind sole -who’s identity seems to have been lost – dumped about 10 tons of well rotted manure at the allotment for anyone to use. This was great and it allowed me to fill my raised beds without having to worry were I was going to get materials from. This manure pile has now all gone so now I will have to be a little more inventive.
I went up to where the manure had been and noticed that the earth was very dark, almost black but it was full of hard dun dried lumps of manure, rocks, sticks, bits of plastic etc but there was a good couple of inches of nice soil
I filled a wheel barrow with this mixture and took it back to the plot. This is what it looked like.
I decided to sieve this stuff to see what I ended up with and the results were great.
Nice rich dark and crumbly. Lovely.
As I sieved the mixture I took all the plastic and stones out and what I was left with was lumps of dried manue, twigs and leaves etc. I put this in the compost.
I wanted to add some more organic matter to the soil so I turned to the composted leaves from last year. These have really broken down nicely and was full of worms.
This is natures gold. People rake their leaves off the lawn and the drive and take them to the dump and then drive to the garden centre and buy compost. Leaves are the best thing you can compost. It is the what nature makes nice new topsoil. Everybody should compost their leaves each year. I am now composting other peoples leaves as well.
This stuff really hold onto water so the barrel will not dry out even if I don’t water it for a week or so.
I mixed the composted leaves and the sieved manure together in a roughly 50/50 ratio before putting it into the barrel
It really does look like a fantastic growing medium but time will tell.
Next I have to decide what I am going to grow in the barrel garden. I think I will put some of my onions on the sunny side of the barrel and we do have a lot of strawberry plants that need putting somewhere. I really want it to be a random mix of plants.
I noticed our little raspberry plants we were given last year have produce a small amount of berries. They will be better next year.
I hope you had a good Haloween or Allantide as it is called in Cornwall.