Compost bin at the start of November

I hope that my compost bin will benefit from all the pumpkin innards that have gone in there.  My Mum often mentions how disgusting she finds the inside of pumpkins and I have noticed a sort of gassy smell.  Plus handling all those stringy bits is a bit gross.

Compost bin with pumpkin insides added
Compost bin with pumpkin insides added

I’ll try to give my compost bin a stir before the end of the week, before I add the hollowed out pumpkins.

Apples

All the sunshine has done the apples on my apple tree a lot of good.

Like this one
Like this one

If I were a better gardener, I would thin the apples out so that they grow far bigger.  But I’m not really an avid fruit grower – when it works out well, I am pleased but some years the crop isn’t all that good.  I think I just like the novelty of letting my children eat apples they’ve just picked from the tree.

This branch is a bit crowded
This branch is a bit crowded

A few have fallen to the ground – these I put in the compost bin.  The compost bin has started to get a bit fly-ridden.  Perhaps this is because of the hot weather.  All the internet shopping I’ve done lately has meant a few more ripped up Amazon boxes in there.  There is also a plant growing in there – I’m not sure what it is.

My compost bin is starting to smell like cavaldos
My compost bin is starting to smell like cavaldos
Is this a potato plant?
Is this a potato plant?

Gardening delight

The other day I got into some hardcore weeding.  I’d let quite a few beds get disastrously overgrown and it was rather a problem.  In particular, the bed with the broom had loads of long grass which is quite similar to broom itself and was swamping all the plants.  I hate grass, it gets everywhere.

To do some good weeding, I have to be in the right mood.  Fortunately, my children had repeatedly shrieked at me for minor offences (I want a banana, noooo I don’t want help peeling the banana, ARGH!!! my BANANA IS BROKEN – I WANT A NEEEEEWWWWWWW BANANA!!!, NOOOOOO! I SAID I DIDN’T WANT A DRINK!!!!!!) until I really got rather snappy with them both and said that they were NOT TO SHOUT AT MUMMY.  Then I went out to do some weeding.

While actually weeding, I found a bunch of slugs.  I found this surprising because that bed gets quite a lot of sea spray.  Ha ha ha, wait until winter, bastard slugs.  Then you’ll suffer.  I left them there.

Once all the horrible grass had been cleared out the beds, they were really looking rather nice.  I discovered that I have some blackcurrants.  I didn’t get any last year but perhaps that was because the plant was new.

Blackcurrants!  Should I leave them for the birds or pick them?
Blackcurrants! Should I leave them for the birds or pick them?

My guelder roses all have berries on too.  I don’t think you can eat those though.

Guelder rose
Guelder rose

It’s a funny thing, the summer holidays.  The children really miss the best of summer when they are in school (unless they go somewhere that breaks up for summer in mid June).  Historically, the summer holidays were actually so the children could help with the harvest.  So I suppose it makes sense that the berries are out in the first week of the summer holidays.

Best of all, I think I saw a snake in my compost bin!  It was dark and I only got a glimpse but that thing was too big and moved far too fast to be a worm. There are lots of insects in there right now so perhaps it is a good place to lurk if you are a snake.  I won’t stir the compost until Autumn in case there are snake eggs in there.

Compost heap

My compost heap seems to have slowed down a bit lately – I blame all the dead herbs I shoved in there when I had to redo my herb garden.  Plus, there’s almost certainly too much cardboard in there.

Compost
Compost

It has formed a nice little home for the worms and woodlice – this makes me happy.  They are particularly enjoying the third of a watermelon we shoved in there after it was past its best.