What To Do When The Ground’s Frozen

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It’s a wonderful frosty day on the allotment and I’m struggling to find things to do. Ideally I’d be out hiking, but I have a stress fracture in my foot so I’m taking things easy.

The allotment provides a perfect distraction, composting, I turned one of my big bins – that’s cooled – into an empty plastic bin, where it will stay for a few months and continue to rot and feed the worms. I topped up my leaf compost bin – we have no more leaves available now – and I mulched the new bean bed.

I also opened up all of the frames and tunnels to get some fresh air and sunlight, unfortunately one of them was frozen shut and forcing it open would have torn the fleece lining. I also noticed that the fleece – in only one frame – had accumulated a fairly big pool of water, from condensation forming on the inside of the polythene. Maybe that frame must have had more water than the others?

Anyway composting proved to be the perfect way to get a bit of exercise on a frosty day, being nice and warm to the touch and easily worked, when all of the soil was rock solid

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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