Gardening became a new pursuit during the pandemic. Being in the fresh air, growing food, seeing beautiful flowers and gaining a sense of achievement about those became a new and enjoyable phenomena to large numbers of people. They joined the existing roll call of those dedicated to the plants, the flowers and the fauna. Everyone had a boost to their wellbeing.
That sense of achievement that I mentioned is a powerful thing. Being able to say "I grew that" never sounded better. Those potatoes, roses, herbs and cucumbers were much discussed. Against the dark background of the pandemic these flashes of light were powerful and created interest both for the achievements but also at a time heightened interest in the environment and Planet Earth. Contributions were made to that and learning too
There is still a fair bit of mystery about compost. Not the sacks of material that we buy for sowing seeds and growing plants but garden compost, the heart of good soil and plants
I make garden compost at the Home Garden and Plot 106. Using large plastic compost bins I am reasonably good at it
It was a considerable pleasure to be asked to take part in the Adur trial and I will be regularly updating my progress on here ...
Hi. I am Andy Brook, a gardener in Lancing, West Sussex UK. In May 2021 I was chosen to take part in a composting trial by Adur District Council who very generously gave me a state of the art Hotbin composter made by leading edge Hotbin Composting these blogs are about how I got on!