Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Good old-fashioned Composting - see the results in the hedge!

The Observer Colour Supplement last Sunday the 12th of August made me feel if not ahead of the game, at least partly in it.
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:

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:

 This is the hedge from the other side, on the left hand side of the picture is the rapidly growing hedge.
And here is a close up of the very luxuriant growth.

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