Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Are coffee grounds good for the garden?

July 4, 2018

One of the waste products from coffee shops are the spent coffee grounds.

What to do with the coffee grounds?

A few coffee shops, Surrey Hills Coffee is a good example, put outside the shop for passers by to collect for the garden. A pity more do not follow this example.

But what to do with in the garden?

Claimed to be a slug repellent, use as a mulch around plants, add to the compost heap.

Only one way to find out, pick up a bag.

I was quite surprised and not happy, to find in a zip lock plastic bag.

I assume because wet. Only not wet, a little moist maybe.

Cakes rather than loose grounds.

I have spread around a couple of tomato plants.

I will have to obtain more, as omitted runner beans.

To spread organic matter around plants not a good idea, best to compost.

But what impact on the compost heap? Will it kill it dead, act as an accelerant, or merely act as organic matter?

Half way down the garden I can now smell coffee.

The compost heap is now the site of two experiments, compostable coffee cups and coffee grounds.

As a slug repellent a nonstarter. This evening a slug was on the coffee grounds by the tomato plants. Though it did not live to tell the tale.

Fallen leaves

December 11, 2016

Yesterday and today, raking up fallen leaves.

Last night it rained, making the leaves wet and heavy and much harder work.

But best time to rake up, as leaves are wet and sodden and rot down.

If dry, they blow all over in the wind.

Relaxing in the shade

July 19, 2016
Bob the Cat relaxing in the shade

Bob the Cat relaxing in the shade

A very hot day, so far at 33.5C the hottest day of the year.

Bob the Cat wisely deiced to spend the day in the shade in the garden.

Bluebells in flower

March 29, 2016
bluebells

bluebells

Bluebells in the garden started to come into flower last week.

Daffodils still in flower.

In the garden

March 16, 2016

 

daffodils

daffodils

I was very surprised, several days on, to find daffodils still in flower in the garden.

Yesterday, a row of broad beans variety …, sowed.

Leaves tidied up.

Grass seed sowed.

Early daffodils

February 11, 2016

 

early daffodil

early daffodil

Last weekend, one solitary daffodil out in flower. At a guess, in flower several days earlier.

Since the weekend, several other daffodils in bud.

Very early for daffodils. Usually towards the end of March.

A few crocuses in flower.

At the weekend, strong winds, even though there had been heavy rain overnight, meant the grass could be mowed, though it was still muddy underfoot.

Since the weekend, grass spiked, a little every couple of days. Hard work.

Today, as it was sunny, though hard frost earlier, more grass spiked.

Early Onward peas sowed.

I would usually dig the ground. Not today, raked off the leaves, in went the peas.

I would also have sowed the broad beans I picked up from Infinity Foods, but could not find them.

Grass seed sowed.

Pheasants in the garden

January 25, 2016
pheasants

pheasants

This morning, a brace of pheasants in the garden, sitting on the hedge.

I heard sots being fired a few days ago. Maybe the pheasants are refugees from the killing zone.

Working in the garden

June 11, 2015
daisies

daisies

lawn carpeted with daisies

lawn carpeted with daisies

lawn carpeted with daisies

lawn carpeted with daisies

I have never seen before a lawn carpeted with daisies. Even less my lawn.

Last week and this, cutting long grass. Not as long as I expected it to be, but too long to cut with a  lawnmower.

One lawn cut twice, then mowed today.

Barefoot, holly leaves. Ouch.

Peas and broad beans sowed a couple of months ago, sadly have vanished beneath the weeds. I had the same problem last year.

Runner beans no sign of.

In the grass, husks of stag beetles.

It has been cool, but like last week, the afternoon got hotter and hotter. At a guess around 25C.

Later, sun still burning 6-30, read Revolution relaxing in the garden.

Working in the garden

May 4, 2015
bluebells

bluebells

cowslip

cowslip

Grass cut, before the heavy rain tonight.

Grass seed sowed.

Peas sarted poking up Sunday last weekend. But of the peas sowed in February no sign.

Pleasantly warm, first warm day for many days.

garden path

garden path

Spring day in the garden

April 20, 2015
bluebells

bluebells

bluebells

bluebells

From dawn, the sun shining, clear blue sky. The sun warm, but air temperatire cool.

At this time of year, the sun as intense as mid-August. We tend to forget as the air temparture is cool.

Grass mowed. A little digging.

Bluebells are not always blue.

Feline friend paid a visit.

garden path

garden path

garden visitor

garden visitor

garden digging

garden digging

garden visitor

garden visitor