Open Gardens

Our Open Gardens afternoon will be on Sunday 21st June. We hope to have a good selection of gardens open for everyone to enjoy. If any member of the Society is interested in opening, please contact Rosalie Winter on 520261 or Visitors enjoy looking at small gardens just as much as the larger ones, and no one is expecting perfection! Don’t be shy, please come forward. We also need people to steward at the gardens during the afternoon. This is not an arduous task, it just involves giving up an hour of your time to sit at a garden gate and check that visitors have bought their tickets. Please let Rosalie know if you could help in this way.

Composting materials what can I use?

Here is a useful list of all the things that can help make great compost:

Green / wet materials / nitrogen

  • Fruit and veggie scraps
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags, tea leaves
  • Fresh green grass clippings and plant trimmings grown without pesticides or weed killersĀ 
  • Animal manure from herbivores eg cows and horsesĀ 
  • Poultry manure and bedding
  • Flowers from arrangements

Brown / dry materials / carbon

  • Dry leaves, dried grass clippings
  • Wood shavings or sawdust
  • Nuts shells but not walnuts they are toxic
  • Coffee grounds and filters (coffee grounds can also be placed directly around chives)
  • Shredded newspaper and tissue paper not colured paper toxins contained in the ink
  • Twigs
  • Hay and straw – Bedding from vegetarian pets eg rabbits, guinea pigs
  • Cold wood ashes
  • Tumble dryer lint
  • Shredded cereal boxes, egg boxes and other paperboard items like toilet rolls inserts kitchen towel roll inserts
  • Hair after a hair cut or from cleaning your hair brush
  • Hoover bag contents (I love this the best)
  • Wine corks

I have 2 compost bins in the kitchen one for scraps and one for egg shells we use a lot of eggs I crunch the shells around the bulbs as the poke the heads up through the ground and mostly around the hostas. In the bathroom I have another compost bin that came about from a conversation with a friend about toilet roll inserts bizarre but amazing how much brown stuff is created from the bathroom toilet roll inserts and small cardboard boxes from new products, hair from the trap in the bath, hair from the hair brush it soon adds up by the time you have emptied the paper shredder you have a good mix on a weekly basis

Things definitely not to compost

  • Meat, dairy and cooked food will attract vermin and should not be home composted you cannot build up enough heat
  • Coal & coke ash to toxic
  • Cat litter and Dog faeces