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A Little Ray of Sunshine

Decorate Your Compost Heap for Christmas

New Years Eve morning surprised me with some sunshine. The air temperature had risen considerable the night before and the rain held off until the evening so I spent the afternoon down the plot. The soil was fairly wet but "workable" enough on my Raspberry bed to clear the weeds and dead leaves away.
I took all the Christmas wrapping paper & cardboard with me and deposited it onto the compost heap, covering it with the weeds etc, from the Raspberry bed.
Raspberry Bed Before Weeding
Raspberry Bed After Weeding

No rain again on New Years Day so I was back down the plot, late morning but just after I arrived the rain started again and the temperature dropped. I spent some time filling seed trays with compost for later use. I thought the compost would warm better in trays, than if it was left in a 60litre bag in the corner of my shed?


When you re-cycle your Christmas Tree try using some of it for hooks/pegs.
Saw the main stem just below each set of side branchs, (they are usually growing in threes or fours at the same height around the stem). Leave one part of the stem longer than the other and sharpen it. Ideal for pegging down netting or using as hooks in your shed. They last a long time.
Christmas Tree Pegs

The Bluebells were making an appearance underneath my fruit trees on the drainage ditch bank.

Bluebells Pushing Through

I took the following photograph of the other plot I was working on in 2011. At the beginning of 2011 it was smothered in Bindweed. I spent many hours trying to eradicate it by hand. Although a few weeds are growing I coudn't see any Bindweed at the moment, so fingers crossed. Two full plots to cultivate this year. Bring it on.
Bind weed Free Hopefully?


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