In recent months, I've begun collecting three unusual household items. Yes, many of us are collectors. We can be heard saying "Gosh, that would be great in the garden!", or on the other side of the coin, "Don't ask me why. It's for the GARDEN!" In my case, the comments in my household have veered towards the latter.
On a daily basis, this mix is stored in a large container in the shed. Back in early November, as soon as I'd collected a decent amount of all three, I set to work, churning up this mix with used peat moss, and a small amount of sand/gravel. The result was amazing. November was a good time to do this because the vegetable patch was emptying, so I loosened the soil, added generous quantities of this household-waste mix and worked it in. Now, there's another load ready.
Last autumn I had built some HOTELS for beneficial insects, and now this soil-enricher really is going to make a further big difference during the year ahead. Let the growing season begin!
For the record here are the ingredients;
- fire ash
- potting compost
- used compost
- other small bits and pieces as available, just to keep the original recipe fresh and ever-so-slightly-changing
About the author: Páraig is the author of Petals by Paraig. He is sometimes noted for unusual hoarding habits and recently has taken to collecting eggshells and teabags. Paraig is a lifelong Crystal Palace fan. Twitter and Instagram