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Decluttering and Recycling

Posted by Alison Mundie on 01 Dec 2008 at 10:53 AM


The old kitchen garden is just about cleared now - today's task was emptying out the shed ready for it to be moved to the new productive site.  Anyone who has a shed will understand what that can really is amazing how much stuff accumulates, and what can be found behind shelves and tables -quite a few things thought lost for ever, eg. scissors, pens and pencils, odd gloves, the elastic band box, some packets of seeds & lots of labels!   Gardening mags always advise a good clean up and clearout at this time of year, when there is perhaps less to do in the garden (except when you have a new kitchen garden to build) - and it is worth doing, just so that when the spring rush starts, all your labels, pots, and seedtrays are ready-cleaned - there is nothing so frustrating as having to do this as you sow.  It also helps to avoid overwintering of pests and diseases, and identifies things that need mending, replacing and what you have run out of.   And may make it possible to actually get inside the shed ...



On the recycling side, to improve the soil and lower the pH ready for the acid-loving berries (blueberries, lingonberries and cranberries all belong to the Ericaceae family) in the new productive area, we will be saving some of the composted bark from the paths between the raised beds - its broken down very nicely.   Essential warming work in this freezing weather!





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