Friday, 21 June 2013

A bit of a bonus

My local council used to sell compost for £2 a bag. They now offer the lovely stuff for free, naturally I am taking advantage of this very kind offer. This first batch has been used to earth up the last of the main crop potatoes. With growing so much in pots, buying in compost has cost me a small fortune this year. Even with three compost bins I can't produce enough for my needs. Also the compost from the bins goes straight onto the soil in the garden anyway.
Mike is keeping these tubs in the boot of the car, which is very kind of him as he bought a new car last week, however needs must as they say. He passes the council skip each day on his return from work so if he gets the chance he will will be calling in. I am now planning to top up the veg beds & the flower borders in the front garden now.

Look what we found by the french doors last week -
I have kept it (much to Mikes horror) as it really is quite pretty. We always have sparrows nesting but I don't think it is a sparrows egg. We haven't got any other nests in the garden, well not until bushes knit together but we have plenty of bird visitors.

On another note the insect house has a few more of the tubes sealed up with mud. It is very exciting. Also the garden is look very lush this year I shall take some photos at the weekend after I have weeded, I'm quite happy with a mixture of sun & rain, it is doing the garden a world of good.

Enjoy your day

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  1. I wish our council did that with compost, I can never make nearly enough for my needs. I checked my bug house but it's still unused as yet, you've done well to get visitors already.

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    1. From the beginning of May this year my council decided they were giving the compost away for free, it might be worth you checking again. Yes I am really pleased with the insect house, I really didn't think I would get anything.

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  2. The free compost from the Council is a great find. I wish they all had it available to the public.

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    1. They had charged £2 per bag for years, it really is good stuff. I recently found out they giving it away for free now, you just have to take your own containers.

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  3. Depending on the size of the egg it could be a blackbird although these have speckled markings and your egg appears to be plain blue. More likely a dunnock or possibly a robin.

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    1. No speckles on it at all. I would love to know how it got there.

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    2. A unpleasant thought is maybe the nest was predated.

      The parent bird may have removed it to clean out the nest but I would have expected mum to have eaten it!

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    3. That could be a possibility, we are surrounded by fields which are chock full of wildlife.

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  4. I have been filling up those very same coloured tubs with the compost from my manure pile! The photo looks like it was taken at my house yesterday! Tons of free compost here if you visit the US...fill a suitcase! We have clay soil and it makes the garden lovely with the compost mixed in...

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    1. Ha Ha, the local council tip is much closer now.

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  5. What a bargain, you can never have too much compost!! I got my bug hose ans solitary beehive put up the other day so no visitors yet. I may be too late for this year but at least they will be nicely seasoned for next year.

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    1. You could have something hibernating in them though later on this year.

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  6. You inspired me to go and get a bug house, also the fact that they were going fairly cheap at Aldi. Well done you for bagging a freebie with the compost. X

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    1. Oh I didn't know they had some at Aldi, mine was £3 from Morrison. It seems rather well built too.

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  7. What a lovey post I agree I wish all council gave compost away free you have an awesome blog

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    1. I think a lot of them do, I don't think they make a big song & dance about it though, & thanks.

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  8. That really is a bargain!!! I wish they did it here, I go through so much compost it ends up costing a bomb.

    I love the shell....is it a blackbird?xxxx

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    1. The shell is looking more like a Dunnocks, I'm wondering if they may have dropped it in flight when removing it from the nest.Google your local council, mine has only recently started to give it away.

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  9. I use compost on everything, 3 parts potting soil to 1 part compost for the greenhouse, 4 inches on top of the kitchen garden then dug in and I use it on all the landscape beds instead of bark dust. I then smooth it out by hand with a straight board to give all the beds that nice smooth finish.

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    1. I like to use the homemade stuff for the veg beds & flower borders, unlike you though my slack gardening habits don't allow for me to smooth it.

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  10. Our council gave some compost away during National Compost Week, but otherwise I'm not too sure what they do.
    I agree with Sue that's it's a dunnock egg. The bees like your insect house don't they. Flighty xx

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    1. The bees seem very comfortable, have a google for your local council, mine had a list of the skips where the compost was. I am also happy to think it is a dunnocks egg shell, we found a speckled blue one in the front last year & I wished I had kept that.

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  11. It's not like a Council to give stuff away for free! Is there an ulterior motive?? Our local Council offers a kerbside green waste collection service, but you have to pay for it. I'd rather have a free collection (which would persuade more people to re-cycle green waste), but would be prepared to pay for the finished compost, since they would actually have done something to deserve payment.

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  12. That's really great that you get the compost for free, does seem hard to believe the council would be so generous! I will have to investigate mine again.
    Very impressed that the bees have made a home in your insect house, thats very exciting.
    Yes I'm liking this sunshine and showers weather, though been more showers than sunshine this weekend, but everything is growing well so far this year. Much better than last year.

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