Dan Pearson in the Gardens section featured nurseries, one of which, Special Plants, I wrote about on the 26th of July. To read his article, visit: www.guardian.co.uk/profile/danpearson
Over the page, in the Ethical Living section with Lucy Siegle, someone had asked how to become more self- sufficient, wanting to know what processes can be done at home. Lucy replied that 'good old-fashioned composting remains the number-one home process turning waste organic matter into black gold.
I had just reached that conclusion when I realised why the laurel hedge had grown much faster in one part of the garden than elsewhere. I cut out a section of hedge 2 years ago and put the compost bin in there to hide it, this isn't a good idea, the hedge grows much too fast with compost juice enriching it's soil.
And here is the photo of the bin and the hedge growing very fast around it: