BRUISED and confused by the budget news, I put my head, heart and hands into the garden this week and had a moment of clarity. Yes I’m cash poor but, hang on, I am compost rich!
And it’s autumn and the gold is falling like rain. Leaves of every shape and hue keep arriving and all we need do is gather them up and add them to the pile. Unbelievable, and it’s not taxed.
Composting, as I have discovered, can ease your troubles. It is the equivalent of savings in the bank because the more you create the better off you are.
Who knows – in a greener future you might even be able to trade high-grade compost for goods and services.
What I have come to understand is that, if you can enrich your plants with your own compost – generated in your garden from discards and off cuts, you’re a wealth creator.
I would like everyone to have at least one, preferably two or more, compost heaps or bins to muck about with.
The physical activity of composting can be like a nice, big filing job in the open air, once you get into the swing.
That pile of grass clippings goes there, those vegetable scraps go in here, the tough ex-tomato plants get chopped and chucked there ... layer upon layer until you’ve had enough.
If that sounds unscientific, it is. Luckily there’s lots and lots of information about composting available online and elsewhere, especially about getting the right ratios of nitrogen (green) to carbon (brown) for best results.
I recommend you look at some of this but don’t delay. There’s gold in them there heaps.