January in Your Garden

It’s not been the weather so far this year, but it will improve. I planted shallots today, and tidied up. Surprising amount of weed growth, so that made me check the compost heaps. I’m trying an experiment: the local council gave me a bin for organic waste, so I’ve used that for kitchen waste. It rots down very quickly in there, very much like an anaerobic digester. Next step is to dig a trench, tip in the waste from the bin and cover with a generous amount of soil. I did this last year, using it as the base for runner beans – didn’t do badly.

Good time of the year to check the garden fences, applying new preservative if required – do keep away from your plants. Also spend time in the shed. It needs tidying (if it’s like mine) and all the tools could do with a little love and attention.

Still time to order seeds and plants. Do look at Thompson & Morgan they are known for quality, and often have something just a little different, and their advice pages are invaluable.

whitby knifeProduct of the month: a general-purpose horticultural knife. There’s all sorts of knives you can buy, but for me the knife to use is made by Whitby & Co. A well-established company their horticultural knife CK26 does the job. Comfortable rosewood handle, brass bolsters, with what is called a 3″ stainless steel blade, lambsfoot blade the retail price is £15.95 – you may find it cheaper but such a tool will be your constant companion, so get one today.

Some say that carbon steel blades are the best, but they can rust if left in a shed. Stainless steel works for me.

Food Waste

‘There’s not enough food to feed everyone!’

Farmers demand more support as a result, to create more green deserts, supermarkets can maintain prices because there is ‘demand’.

Food is wonderful. It’s also the most basic requirement we have. It should be treasured. One of the best ways to ensure you get the best food possible is to grow it yourself. Our sponsors, Thompson & Morgan, have an excellent selection of seeds and young plants. Why not try some yourself.

Bokashi Composting

Let’s continue looking at various types of composting garden and household waste. Today, it is Bokashi: the bokashi bin is a Japanese idea, a bucket with drainage holes to allow liquid to drain into which you add household waste then sprinkle a bran mixture that pickles your waste (bokashi means fermentation). You can have the bokashi bin indoors. The bran is inoculated with bacteria. In goes all your cooked and uncooked kitchen waste and a sprinkle of the magic bran – out comes compost!

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