Stirring the compost heap

One job I did get done was giving the compost heap A Good Stir.  It took a bit of hefting about with a garden fork but I’m pleased I did it.

The compost heap after stirring
The compost heap after stirring

There are lots of worms in there and, actually, quite a lot of compost.  Most things have rotted down nicely (although not the angelica stalks – perhaps I should pull those out).

Now that things should be getting warmer, I hope that everything will rot down pretty quickly.  I haven’t actually used any of the compost from my compost heap yet so perhaps I should do that this year.

Found a knife

We found that knife in the end – when we arrived in the IoW, it was sitting on the draining board, all washed up.  I suppose our builders must have borrowed it – I hope for food purposes rather than opening cans of paint.

Here is the knife
Here is the knife

It’s funny but no one seems to make this kind of knife – about a four inch long blade which is rounded at the end.  During our search, my husband bought a set of three Wusthof knifes (they were very reduced) and the middle one was about the same size but had a longer, pointier blade.

At least we'll be able to do some marvellous pumpkin carving this year
At least we’ll be able to do some marvellous pumpkin carving this year

Not a whole lot else to report really.  I’ve done as you suggested, Kal, and split those chives in the front garden – I put some in the herb garden, left some where they were and put some others in another bed.  I’d never realised that chives were separate bulb plants but I suppose it makes sense.

I didn’t take any photos of the garden because it was raining rather hard.

I’ve also done some pruning of my herbs (English mace, oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage) and have put the clippings in the compost bin.  I had a go at turning the compost but I don’t know how effective I was.  There seems to be quite a lot of compost from the middle downwards and I have loads of worms.

My Mum says that she is quite worried about the worms in her compost bin.  She has one of those black dalek bins and the worms keep going up into the ridges of the lid.  She thinks it’s because they want a rest but I think that they are too hot.  In summer, they cook and then stink the whole bin out.

Compost worms and wool

I decided that my compost heap needs more worms (and so does my husband’s dalek) so I ordered these from Wormcity (through Amazon) for £8 plus £3 delivery.  This is almost certainly a bit of a rip off but I do love getting worms through the post.  So do my children.

Lovely worms in the packet
Lovely worms in the packet

The only problem is, my children FIGHT over who gets to put the worms in the compost heap.  It should be me!  Obviously!  It’s my compost heap.  But it never is.

Worms on top of the remains of nearly all the herbs in my herb garden
Worms on top of the remains of nearly all the herbs in my herb garden

Recently, we’ve been getting some deliveries from HelloFresh.  This is actually pretty good – apart from anything else, we were in a terrible Ocado rut and seemed to eat the same thing week after week.  More on that another time.

One thing HelloFresh do is wrap the food in unprocessed wool (to stop it getting too hot or cold).  Then they ask you to compost the wool.  So here it is, on top of my compost heap.

Keeping the worms warm
Keeping the worms warm