The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Our backyard is about 6m by 6m. So only about 18″ by 18″. Out there at the moment we have:
an extended chicken run,
a wood store,
a quail run,
some pot plants,
a mini green house,
a solar fountain,
numerous climbing plants,
a cold frame, (sometimes two)
and a wormery.
We have a table and chairs and an umbrella for sitting outside,
access to the garden shed, garage and garden door.
It also has the kitchen door and double doors to the living room leading into it.
Part of it is sheltered by a balcony too.
I’ve been thinking for ages about compost.
We do compost at the allotment but at the house it’s very challenging.
Compost bins need to be big. By their very nature these green daleks should contain 120litres so that enough heat can be generated to boost the decomposition.
On Tuesday I spent time looking again for a smaller one online. I know that we could build one but the opportunity for additional structures in our tiny yard is all used up.
As usual every ‘small compost bin’ search throws up these giant daleks of tiny caddies or buckets meant for making the kitchen waste look nice until it’s deposited elsewhere.
It was fruitless. There’s a pun there.
Next day we met our neighbour. Strangely she had something to show us. Behind her garden, that’s longer than ours, there’s a stretch of ground leasing to some garages.
So then she says, “It’s empty!”
Apparently it was left by previous owners and shed like to start using it but she’d like help with knowing what to do.
Then it happened.
She said, “We should use it together!”
Did you hear my happy dance?
Coming soon a post about compost!
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...