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Bank Holiday Saturday, chicken pellets and slugs

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Bank Holiday Saturday, chicken pellets and slugs

The bliss of waking up to no commitments was perfect this morning. I’m working for a couple of hours tomorrow but this is good as it will finance my extravagance at the garden centre today. A happy hour spent with loads of other people enjoying the prospect of a sunny bank holiday, choosing their summer bedding, grow bags and vegetables. For the first time in months I noticed that nearly everyone was smiling. My trolley was unwieldy from the start as I cashed in on the offer on grow bags (3 for a fiver). I bought a tray of dark blue...

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Compost

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Compost

My Mother is an avid compost maker. As a child I remember her endlessly drifting down the garden with kitchen scraps and bunches of dead flowers. In those days passing horses and carts were not unusual and she would rush out of the house with a shovel to collect the manure droppings for the compost. We all thought she was mad.I got the composting bug a couple of years ago. Our county council was offering cut price composters to residents so I thought I’d have a go. Until then we had a large compost heap that was organised and turned by...

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