Home-made “Black Gold”

Today is one of the first days I have had a chance to get into my home garden due to work and rain.. So i’m making the most of it and getting some compost ready for potting my seeds this season.

Home made compost is one of the best things you can do in a very small space at the back of the garden shed etc.. I have 2 dalek type bins plonked half under a huge fir hedge behind my greenhouse and they don’t get much sunlight at all. But they still make great compost. See my article on Composting here. I basically throw anything that can degrade into it and a year later its done. I hardly ever mix or turn it.


I don’t have much manoeuvring space so I have a short spade to dig the compost out of the bottom door, then into an old recycling bin and then taken to the potting shed where I sieve it with about a 6mm sieve. All the bigger pieces get thrown in a trench that I have dug alongside a trellis where I will grow some peas and runner beans for seed. I was given some Champion of England peas and some rare Trail of Tears runners so I will harvest seed this season from them without any cross pollination taking place at the plot.

Once I have sieved the compost I also sieve some bought general compost and I add a sprinkling of Blood Fish and Bone and mix it all up. This is now ready to go into my modules and pots for all my seeds to be sowed over the next few months.

I then cover it with a few plastic compost bags and then place an old carpet on top to keep it snug and out of the cold to be ready for my seeds.. The rest of the compost in the bins will be spread out over the whole flower garden in spring..

I use my mixture for sowing seeds and potting on.  If I’m feeling a bit lazy I will sometimes get an assortment of bags of compost, mix them all up, add some of my own. No particular brand – to me compost is compost..

ps. Notice the carpeted shed (bits from skips) … ideal for winter work..

See also  Composting guide





Gavin Conway
Moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2001. We had a 12 acre plot with a 2 acre normal garden, loads of Koi ponds, a 2 acre veg garden, 3 orchid sheds with over 400 plants, bonsai shed, granny cottage and workshop area.. Comming to the UK and into a 3 bed semi was a shock!! But we knew what to expect and just got on with our lives. I love growing veg and started to grow on my flat garage roof for a few years then moved on to a couple of garden shares then onto a full sized allotment at the end of 2011. I have done loads of work with it and got it looking good. see my blog site at www.gavinconway.net Hope I can help others with info on growing and getting ground and allotments to their liking. Self employed with Kleeneze www.HowWeEarn.com Gavins grafix doing vinyl signs www.gavinsgrafix.co.uk and a personal courier with Yodel..

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