Saturday, 26 July 2008

Garden

This is the new shed and garden composting area in the backgreen, built by the Green Caretakers, who operate the Backgreen Initiative and paid for by a grant to encourage community recycling. Inside one shed is the kitchen composting facility and in the other are the garden tools. Green Caretakers are a social enterprise and charges are made to use the composting facility and to hire the tools - there are overall packages available such as a tidy backgreen service and a combined backgreen and stairwell tidying and cleaning package. However if you live in a tenement where you can't get a majority of residents to sign up to these packages, you find yourself having to pay just to use tools or to compost kitchen waste, even if you're a volunteer with the project, hmm....

Anyway, I spent part of yesterday clearing litter from the path connecting our stairwell's backgreen to the communal area. I left behind any biodegradable litter, such as wood and also anything that was being used as a home by woodlice etc. The photo below shows the path after I had cleared the brambles, nettles and overhanging branches but before I had cleared the litter. The gardens either side of the path belong to other stairs in the block and I can't do anything with those other than prune overhanging branches and remove the worst types of weeds and litter that are at the edge of the path.

The next task is obviously to do some more weeding. I'm a reluctant weeder, because I like plants too much but the path just doesn't look nice (though at least its really a path now!). I'm also going to sow seeds in some of the verges once I've weeded. I'll buy a packet of shade tolerant wildflower seeds and sow next Spring.

10 comments:

egretsnest said...

My mother-in-law came and did some weeding and pruning in my front garden yesterday. It looks so wonderful where she worked. Too bad I'm so lazy! Sigh.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

A little path in the jungle. Weeding can be a challenge, deciding which plant should live and which shall meet it's maker. I try to focus on the outcome, liking things to be a little tidy; really tidy being being an unreachable fantasy.

Nathan said...

This is s beautiful place. Where I live the yards have to look like tiny golf courses.

Rabbits' Guy said...

A bunch of little efforts make a big effort!!!!

That's a pretty picture .. about how I imagined it would look back there.

Lucy said...

It does look lovely where you live. Green nooks and crannies in towns actually have more magic in some ways than open countryside.


I just got really distracted reading up about swifts on your RSPB link!

Gypsy said...

composting was practiced centuries ago in our islands but western chemicals are very much hyped our lands are dying

AscenderRisesAbove said...

what a nice peek into your garden; quite large! you have a lot of work ahead of you

Crafty Green Poet said...

Ascender - thankfully there are a fair number of people who are taking responsibility for the communal area, I'm concentrating on the pathway! (Which is work enough!)

Inland Empire Girl said...

Lovely photos of this garden site. I hate weeding also, but at least you feel like you have accomplished something when done.

mansuetude said...

this looks really wonderful; the community effort flowering and greening.