Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Wednesday 20 February 2008

Steaming

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 9:17 pm

We have had a spate of extremely cold weather recently, although it is now gradually getting warmer again. Saturday night was the coldest of the year, and on Sunday morning I noticed that there was steam coming from my compost bins! I know compost heaps are meant to generate heat when they decompose, but I thought that was just for proper gardeners, not me. It does seem unlikely that the compost heaps were able to sustain any sort of chemical reaction in such cold temperatures, so I am not sure why this happened. Still, it was quite interesting. I took some photographs to see if the steam would show, but it didn’t.

It is half term this week, which has given me some time to do things to the garden. I have cleared away a good number of dead leaves and pulled up some weeds. The place is looking very much better now. My fingers do get cold, though, even with good thick gardening gloves. Today I did some warming work – digging up the grass in the area where the greenhouse will go. At some stage I will have to take up the path, but I am not sure how to do that. I think I may need a new toy called an angle grinder. But I will try my crowbar and hammer first.

There has been a surprising absence – or near-absence – from my garden this year. I seem to have very few celandines. In fact, I only found three, which I squirted with glyphosate today. Perhaps I am a bit early to be looking for them. I have never yet succeeded in eradicating anything from my garden that I didn’t want, so I don’t think I have managed to commit total genocide against them, but I am hopeful that I have reduced their numbers.

Here are some pictures of my lovely hellebores (Orientalis). It is quite hard to take pictures of hellebores because they are so droopy and close to the ground, but I did my best.
Pink Hellebore

Purple Hellebore/

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