Yesterday ~ A Good Scavenging Sort Of A Day

Ash trees

The field path to the allotment was a slithery assault course after heavy rain and the wind was bitter, but on the big allotment bonfire-heap-in-waiting there was treasure. On top were slices of a new builder’s pallet that someone had sawn up to make for easier disposal. Well thank you very much. Naturally I had to retrieve these for recycling man and the home wood burner pile. I stacked the pieces by the hedge beside my exit route for later transportation i.e. once I’d emptied my big blue IKEA bag of vegetable peelings on the compost heap; the reason for my visit.

But then once I’d fished out the pallet pieces I realised someone had dumped a mass of garden waste that would be so much better on my compost heap. (Why do people who garden not make compost?) My good fortune though.  I filled the IKEA bag to bursting. And it was during this exercise and under a load of tree prunings that I found the other half of the pallet that had not been sawn up. Yippee! It was just the right size to make the side of a new compost bin. I lugged it up to my plot along with the compost makings. Dug up the last of the carrots and discovered some parsnips. It was then I realised I’d been so busy scavenging and rootling, the weather had sneaked up on me. Over Windmill Hill there was a storm coming in. Just time to slither home across the field, deliver the pallet bits and untangle the sheets that had tied themselves in knots on the washing line. When I took them indoors they were filled with fresh-air smells that made me think of spring.

copyright 2018 Tish Farrell

40 thoughts on “Yesterday ~ A Good Scavenging Sort Of A Day

      1. That was one thing I really missed about living in a flat and then the townhouse with no outdoor space. Years of tumble drying and hanging washing on a clothes airer, especially sheets. One reason why I wanted a garden.

  1. I never make actually compost, as such, but we bury all peelings etc, pips and all at various points around the part of the garden we keep for veggies.
    This seems to work out as around 50% of what sprouts comes from peeling and pips.
    All the varieties of squash we usually for example, and currently taters as well!
    Tomatoes sometimes grow of their own accord from discarded over ripe fruit ( especially the little cocktail toms) and I also grow a few seedlings most years.
    Beans are easy enough to grow and we always allow enough to ”go to seed” for the following season«s crop. It isn’t anything as posh and well organized as your marvelous allotment, but it is home-grown and we all know that is a great feeling!

    1. I like your method, Ark. It may be all your own, but if it works! Things will self-sow (tomatoes, beans and spuds) here but not necessarily very successfully due to the climate killing them off after they’ve sprouted. And of course you have all your lemon trees to prove the worth of your approach.

      1. It doesn’t produce a mountain of food by any means, but as you say, it does work. I am thinking of turning over a bit more garden to vegetables this year and see if we can increase the yield and maybe the variety.
        The chillis are doing exceptionally well this season since I filled in the old (small) pond and planted them out.

    1. Hi Peter. The ‘to burn pile’ is supposed to be only for stuff from the allotment holders’ garden plots and in theory it should be non-toxic, although I notice some plastic material does creep in there. Most of the vegetable matter that ends up on the heap is compostible anyway, though the twiggy stuff obviously takes more management and time. In fact if we had a proper ‘baking’ system set up we could slow burn it into biochar which would be brilliant.

  2. There is something so wonderful about hanging that first load of washing outdoors. Sadly not going to happen here for a while, the wind would certainly take the contents into the fields and far away!

    1. The daffs are pushing up under the old allotment damson tree, and budding here in the garden so maybe just the tiniest hint of spring. On the other hand it is blooming cold at the moment with snow forecast for this pm. Brrr. You are good cleaning your boots. Mine are just where I left them, in a muddy heap in the porch.

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